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Setting Goals for The Next Quarter Century

This is Day 7 of the March Healthy Living/Fitness Blogger Blogging Challenge. Please feel free to join in and share your blog post in the comments below and visit the other blogs that have linked up. For a list of suggested topics, please visit this post.

Happy Monday Tuesday guys!

I’m sorry that I missed Friday’s writing prompt in the March Healthy Living Blogging Challenge. I deleted two software programs that were running on my laptop because they were slowing it down, then afterwards my laptop kept crashing with the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). I could have written the post on my iPad as I usually do, however my kids wanted to play games with my laptop, so I spent a pile of time backing up 10 yrs of family photos and documents onto an external drive so that I could attempt to do a full system recovery of the laptop. Unfortunately after my back up, the restore from recovery failed… repeatedly. I now have a laptop without any operating system (OS) on it. Boo. Technology sucks.

Enough with my whining and let’s move onto today’s topic:

Goal Setting

One of the best goal setting projects I ever completed was in a Psychology of Sport class that I took many moons ago. I was about 23 at the time and I had my left leg in a fiberglass walking cast due to a stress fracture (back then they were just starting to experiment with air casts). It was my second stress fracture that year from running. I was bummed out and felt defeated. Our class assignment was to draw a timeline of our lives and to add goals to achieve by various ages along the timeline. Our goals were to include life goals like getting married, having kids, buying a house, retiring etc, and fitness goals. We then were to visualise what achieving those goals would feel like, and what it would ”look” like. I was desperate to return to running, even though it was a sport I had recently taken up, so I set goals to run a half marathon, a marathon, qualify for Boston, complete a triathlon, and a half Ironman distance triathlon (which is now more commonly called Ironman 70.3). Qualifying for Boston was placed on my timeline at approximately my 40th year.

I’m 38 now and many of my timeline goals have been accomplished. I graduated from school, I started a career, got married, bought a house, had 3 children, etc. Oh! And I returned to running. I’ve run 13 half marathons, completed 2 full marathons, 3 sprint triathlons, and an Olympic distance triathlon.

The past 15 yrs have been BUSY!

And now it’s time to take a closer look at my goals for the next 25 years:

39.5: Qualify for Boston

40: Ironman 70.3

40.5: Travel to Boston and run the Boston Marathon

41: Read a book – cover to cover (I have a very short attention span and sadly, I just can’t concentrate on books).

42: Renovate our house, did someone say new kitchen, porch and ensuite?

45: Advance my career – sometime between now, and turning 45 I’d like to move up to a Management level position

48: Ironman ?!? (My daughters will be: 18, 16 and 13).

50: Run Disney

58: Own our house

60: Retire – according to the pension plan that I’ve been paying into for the past 10 yrs I’ll hit my 90 factor and be able to retire on a full pension at 60.

61: Read a few more books

64: Run a marathon with one of my daughters

Timeline credit: Timetoast.com

Now it’s your turn…

Are you a long term planner?

What are your goals for the next quarter century?



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  • Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    March 25, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I guess my biggest goal is that if I am not married by 40 I want to adopt.

  • Launna
    March 25, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    I love your goals, they are amazing… you will achieve so many of them I am sure 🙂

    Hmm, I am starting to set some goals:

    Get my PCP, payroll compliance practioner so that I could move anywhere in Canada and run payroll

    Run a 10K in a year, run the 5K Run or Dye this summer

    Move to Ontario or BC in two years, I need a change

    Take Valentina and Andrea to Disney World in five years

    Move home to Halifax to retire at 65

    I think I will always want to be active, now that I caught that feeling last summer… I just wish it was spring… it’s been a long winter

  • Jillian @ Baby Doodah!
    March 25, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Wow! I absolutely love this idea! Your goals, even though they’re set far out, are so realistic. I’d like to say I was a long-term planner, but in actuality I’d have to say I’m not. I may plan a few weeks in advance, but looking months, and even years into the future kind of frightens me. I worry that if I plan that far ahead, and I don’t meet those milestones, that I’ll feel defeated.

    This post really got me thinking – I like that!!

    Good luck on all you have planned, I look forward to following you on your journey. 🙂

  • Jacqueline
    March 26, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Hi Janice,
    I am a huge believer in short term, mid term and long term goals! Love the fact that you are goal setting long term too. I created a vision board that helps with my long term goals and I hang it up where i constantly see it! It really inspires me visually.
    I highly recommend it – even many of the stretch goals have come true for me 🙂


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