Were You On or Off-Target in ‘10?


I’m finalizing a list of goals for 2011, and I’m trying to look back on the past twelve months and see how far I’ve come. I really didn’t make that many goals going into this past year, so I don’t really have a measurable way to track some accomplishments I might have made.

One of my goals that I did make was to pay off the single biggest credit card bill I had when I started 2010. I managed to do that the second week of December, and I’ll start off in the month of January taking that monthly payment amount and adding it to the amount I normally make with the next-largest. By the end of 2011, I want that next-highest bill taken care of as well.

(If there are any overly-generous millionaires reading this, drop me a line via the Contact link up top. We’ll talk.)

Another goal I had was read more of the Bible and spend more time with God. I did read more of the Bible, but nowhere near as much as I would have liked to. I also want to continue to increase the amount of quiet time I spend in the coming year. I didn’t do as well on this in 2010, because I don’t do that well when the quiet time is truly quiet. But I feel like I made a little accomplishment in those areas in 2010, so I hope to build on that in 2011.

I also wanted to give more this past year than I have in years past. I know I managed to do that. My giving isn’t necessarily where it should be, but progress is progress.

I didn’t make any specific goals about my diet in 2010. And that shows. I lost some ground this year in terms of weight. So I’ll be hitting the gym I recently joined in ‘11.

Overall, I guess I’d give myself a C+ for the year in terms of personal goals.

The good thing about that, at least, is that it gives me a head start in determining where I need to focus in the new year.

Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.