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HEY – Remember Those Goals!?

It’s been 67 Days since most of our New Year’s Resolutions or 2009 Goals went into effect.

So dust off that blog post, because I’m asking the question:

HEY – Remember Those Goals!?

It’s human nature to start January off with a BANG – then let those weight loss, exercise and fiscal responsibility goals go right out the window!  What are you doing to stay on track?  Are you reaching out to your friends and community for help?  Do you need to find a community to support you?

Here’s where I stack up against my 2009 Goals:

  1. Communicate better in all aspects of my life
    • I have been more actively communication with family, friends and peers via Social Media and local events
    • Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Flickr, BrightKite, etc.
    • I get on the horn (phone) more often and take time to reconnect
  2. Focus on family and friends even more
    • I have found that enjoying the company of friends beats a night at the bar almost anytime
    • I feel I’ve gotten to know my new friends here in Pittsburgh VERY well
    • Trying to plan more time to visit family (Florida in January to visit Brother’s family/Two young nephews)
  3. Establish my new career path; Love my work
    • This has been challenging, but I’m working to get into the marketing space here in Pittsburgh
    • Working with Right Management and getting assistance with the search
  4. Get my blog going
    • CHECK – It has been fun writing (the few) posts for this blog
    • Highlighting PGH Small Business, Marketing and Community is what I’m ultimately striving for with this blog
  5. Tap into the Pittsburgh dog owner and social media community
    • Joined local Lawrenceville Dog Park Committee
    • Meeting LOTS of dog owners in PGH (Planning on hosting another Puppypalooza soon!)
    • Helping with the planning process of PodCamp Pittsburgh (Social Media UnConference)
    • Established The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps presence on Twitter, as well as the Cavalier Alumni Association
  6. Investigate creating dog park in East End
    • As mentioned above, I’m helping a local committee market, promote and raise funds for a much-needed dog park in Lawrenceville (see previous post)
  7. Help my brother launch a business
    • Helped my brother establish LOCKDOWN LLC providing communication services to the Prison population
    • Unconventional business model, but I’m helping him get this off the ground
  8. Practice financial responsibility
    • Cutting back on impulse purchases
    • Saving money more often
    • Learning from my peers
  9. Be adventurous with food, drinks, entertainment and marketing methods
    • Who knew curry was so good!?
    • Trying new food and drinks almost everywhere I go
    • Learning more about niche, small business, social media, Word of Mouth and referral marketing
  10. Paint and volunteer more
    • Volunteering as a Board member of The Cavaliers Alumni Association
    • Painting for Lawrenceville Dog Park Art Benefit
    • Painting the house
    • Looking for more volunteer opportunities here in Pittsburgh
  11. Start moderate exercise program
  12. Learn as much as possible about social media and business
    • Google Reader, Twitter and LinkedIn have been my friend
    • Learning about Social Media by diving in
    • Learning about Pittsburgh Small/Local Businesses

I still have LOTS of work to do until I’m satisfied, but here are Six Simple Things you can do to stay on track:

  1. Keep the 2009 Goals List on your desk (preferably on top of the mess) – This way you constantly see your 2009 Goals
  2. Include your friends and family – They can help remind you of your goals or help/support you along the way
  3. Reach out to others in your community with similar goals – If it’s running, then find a local running Meetup Group
  4. Break your 2009 Goals into bite-sized chunks – If your goal is to loose 25 pounds, then work in 5lb increments
  5. Start slow and gain momentum – Like the point above, you can’t just jump into the 2009 Pittsburgh Marathon without training first
  6. Remember that your2009 Goals are for YOU – take pride in your hard work and accomplishments

Let’s keep each other in check.  I’ll come back in a few months and see how we’re doing!

In the meantime – What are you waiting for?  Are your 2009 Goals going to become 2010 Goals?

I’m personally trying to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Photo Credit: Catd_Mitchell


Are My Goals For 2009 Lame?


photo credit - Tojosan

Have you made you goals for 2009, yet?

This is the time of year when we all make (or have made) our resolutions. I know I’ve made my share, and like most I let those resolutions fade as quickly as my summer tan.

I’m hoping this year will be different – for both of us. But why IS it going to be different? I have a bit more motivation than usual this go-round because I’m currently on the job hunt. With my new-found free time, I’ve convinced myself that I CAN DO IT (if you’re going to laugh, please do so as a comment)!

Moving into 2009, I feel more prepared than ever before: family is supportive, social media is becoming a buddy of mine, Pittsburgh is swell AND I have a Puggle that loves me. What more do I need to get on top of these goals? What more do YOU need?

My goals for 2009 (are they totally lame?)

  • Communicate better in all aspects of my life
  • Focus on family and friends even more
  • Establish my new career path; Love my work
  • Get my blog going – covering Pittsburgh, small business, marketing, family and whatever else I may find helpful/amusing
  • Tap into the Pittsburgh dog owner and social media community
  • Investigate creating dog park in East End (How awesome would that be?)
  • Help my brother launch a business
  • Practice financial responsibility
  • Be adventurous with food, drinks, entertainment and marketing methods
  • Paint and volunteer more
  • Start moderate exercise program (nothing crazy)

And the bonuses:

  • Learn as much as possible about social media and business
  • Jump in the Monongahela River – CHECK (Pics and Video proof)!!!

How are your Goals for 2009 coming along?

I’m already making some progress on a few of these (pull-up Master Jedi, job prospects, Twitter). Let me know if I can help you in any way. I will keep tabs on myself with this blog, and I trust all of YOU will keep me in check this year.