It is time once again when everyone reflects on the past year, thinking of all the things they wanted to get done and didn’t, all the things they accomplished, and things they never got around to. I am no different. It seems year after year that I set major goals for myself and always fall short. This year, I am changing it up. I will set smaller, more specific goals for 2014, and they will get done.

Some of the most common goals people have for the new year are things like losing weight, exercising more, eating better, and being smarter with money. I agree that they first one is pretty important in todays world, where it seems that the norm is that we are becoming a larger society. I myself could stand to lose a few, although I have lost 20 lbs this year, and slimmed down 3 notches on my belt already. The important thing is that I am happy with myself right now and I at least want to maintain my current state. The second goal, exercising more, is not one of my goals this year per se. I try to exercise at least 4 times a week already, sometimes more, so I don’t think I need to do more. What I do want to accomplish this coming year is more focused exercise. I road my bike over 1600 miles this year, and in 2014, I want to break 2000 miles. I don’t think that will be a problem since I have really started riding a lot more since I got my new bike back in May. I am starting the year off right tomorrow with a 61 mile ride to get the count rolling on day 1. Other exercise goals for the new year include doing my first triathlon, which I have already signed up for and is in April. I also hope to start running more and maybe do a 10K, or at least improve my 5K time. I would also like to try kickboxing. I think it will be tough since my upper body is weaker than my legs, but I need to work that part to make it stronger. I did my first kettlebells class last night and that was a start. I also do yoga and spin class at least twice a week. I think I have the exercise part of my resolution covered.

Eating better is a tough one for me. My family is very busy and we love fast food. We also love to cook, but the fast food wins when time is a factor. What we need to do is better food planning. Thinking ahead and planning meals better will help us be a better healthier family. That’s the plan anyways.

The last of the common goals I think people have is to be smarter with their money. I believe my family can do better in some areas, but I also think we do better than average in a lot of areas, so I’m not too worried about it this year, as long as we don’t go crazy with the spending.

Other than the common goals, I have made specific commitments in my heart that I plan to keep this coming year. They are for me, and me alone, but I assure you, they are real and they will make me a better person for myself and my family. My hope is to become a better person, to my family, friends, co-workers, and society. I truly feel that 2014 will be the best year to date, and I think that even though my goals may be smaller and more specific, I will have much more success in achieving them than in the past.

My very last goal for this coming year is to write more. You can see that I started early, but this is a simple goal that I can do. I am not promising that my book will be done this year, nor am I promising that this blog will have a new entry every 3 days, but I will write more, and I hope that in doing so, I will learn more about myself, helping me in my quest to be a better person.

It’s 10:20PM here on the east coast and 2014 is just around the corner. I hope everyone has a great year and I hope my goals will inspire you to set small goals that are sure to get met. Happy New Year everyone.

Simon A.