A very happy (belated) New Year to you all! May it be a year of great experiences, outdoor fun, self-improvement and new destinations.
2014 was the year I moved to another country, got married and started working for myself. Three major changes in both my personal and professional life. Travel was limited to two specific regions in the world (the Benelux and New England), allowing me to explore said regions thoroughly.
As good as 2014 has been, my goals for 2015 can certainly be called ambitious. I believe that it’s essential to set your personal goals – any goals, really – just beyond what you think is possible or realistic.
I don’t take part in the hype of New Year’s resolutions though. They don’t work. And I already eat healthily, work out almost every day and read a lot. If I had a 2015 resolution, it would be to continue living like I have been in 2014.
Goals and targets are not the same as resolutions. (I do have to say that, in case you do have resolutions, goals will definitely help you succeed.) Resolutions tend to be vague, goals are specific.
My mind is constantly occupied with new ideas, plans and projects. If I ever want to make them a reality, I need very specific goals, preferably further divided into milestones. That’s how I’m most productive. I’m listing my goals for 2015 below, not so much for your sake as for my own. Public accountability will help to push myself to try and reach them. This list will also serve as a reference and reminder throughout the coming year.
10 Goals for 2015
- Summit 25 Mountains
- Photograph All Covered Bridges of Vermont
- Do a Long-Distance Hike
- Visit Three New Countries/States
- Publish My First Book
- Secure a Long-Term Sponsorship
- Make $3,000 Each Month
- Sell a Photo
- Read 20 Books
- Spend 90 Minutes Outside per Day
There, I think that’s enough to keep me busy during the following twelve months.
I’ll be posting how I’m doing sometime in the beginning of July, and at the end of the year you and I will both find out if I’ve managed to reach all these goals.