Not that you really want or need to read another post about the New Year but...for what it's worth, here are a few of my goals for 2011. Just for the record.
Well, getting married isn't a goal...it's a given. I get to say "I do" on August 6th of this year. Why do I list this? It's more than just showing up in a tux and eating cake to me. My goal is to help everything go as smoothly as possible between now and that day. I want to be as big of a help as necessary with planning, making sure our honeymoon travel plans go smoothly (already booked by the way) and helping make the necessary changes in my life as far as our future home life (finding our own place, neighborhood etc) as acommodating as possible for our new life together.
No, this isn't only because we're going to Mexico on the honeymoon. Market research is showing that 30% of my generation is Hispanic - a number I don't see dwindling anytime soon. To stay ahead as a marketer, I need to be able to adapt quickly and know how to reach different markets effectively. The Latino market will only increase in purchasing power down the road. Even though I have some background in the language, a Rosetta Stone skyrocketed to the top of my Christmas list this year. It's going to take a good bit of diligence and discipline to really meet that goal...but what New Year's Resolution doesn't require discipline?
One of the execs of the company I work for stresses what he calls a "consumption of information." He lets us know how many books, magazines and newspapers he reads per week but has a valid point. The more you know, the more valuable you are and reading is a good way to broaden your arsenal of knowledge. After all, he does play a major hand in running our company - I reckon reading got him somewhere. My initial goal is a book every two weeks. If that becomes too easy, then I'll step up my game.
Enjoy Running Again
After college, I took some time off and then trained for a marathon. My debut marathon ended up being a fairly miserable experience for me, as my fiancee who had to pour me in a bucket afterward can vouch for. Ever since then I've had a sour taste in my mouth toward running. It's a shame though, it used to be one of the things I loved to do most and kept me the most focused. Though I may not hit the racing scene up, getting out there and training will help the self-discipline in other aspects of my life.
That's what I'm aiming for in a nutshell. What's on your agenda this year?