At the beginning of 2015, I made a list of 100 goals I hoped to achieve for the upcoming year. (Thank you Scott for the great idea.)
Yesterday, I achieved half of one of my goals. AND ? I feel pretty darn good about it.
The original goal was listed as: Start riding bicycle again: Ride 52 times this year. Not written down was that I really wanted to ride 1,000 miles. I figured it would take me 100 rides at 10 miles average per ride. So my real goal was 100 rides for 1,000 miles.
Here is the backstory. In my 20s and 30s, I rode my bicycle a lot. During that 20-year period, I averaged over 1,000 miles per year. There were a few years that I rode 2,000 miles. In my 40s – while still living in CA – the miles per year slowed down but I still rode an average of 400-500 miles. Then … I moved to Montana. The first three years I lived in town and rode regularly … but not for a lot of miles. Most of my trips were to the store or puttering around sightseeing in my new home town. I didn’t track my miles, but my guess is I only rode an average of 300-400 miles those first three years.
In May of 2010, I moved to my country home and I stopped riding. Cold turkey. Zero. Nada. For the past five years my two bikes sat with flat tires.
During this time I started walking regularly. Especially the last two years. It was better than nothing …
But I missed riding. So at the start of this year I set the goal of riding regularly. Of course when I set that goal it was winter and I didn’t have to act on it for awhile … afterall, I had the whole year.
Long story short …
- I didn’t ride in the spring because I needed new tires.
- In July, I finally said to myself, “Just pump up the tires … maybe they will hold air.” They did.
- I took my first bike ride on July 12th. I rode the second time on July 14th.
- I rode the third time on August 1st.
- Fortunately, I got my act together and rode 20 times in August for 192.2 miles
- My momentum continued in September with 14 rides for 135.6 miles
- The weather held in October and I logged another 124.3 miles in 15 trips.
- My 4th ride of November pushed me over 500 total miles. It took me 55 rides.
- I’ll get in a few more rides in 2015, but the 10-day forecast only has only one potential riding day.
Back in July I said to myself, “Since I’m starting half way through the year, I’ll cut my original goal of 100 rides/1000 miles to 50 rides/500 miles.” So I achieved my modified goal.
In 2016, I will ride 100 times/1000 miles.
Even though I only achieved half of my original goal, I’m feeling pretty good.
Is achieving half your goal worth celebrating? In this case, I say, “Yes!”. It took Gumption to modify my goal (mindset) and then to act on my new goal (moxie).
What if we regularly achieved half of our goals?