Instead of resolutions this year, I am setting S.M.A.R.T. goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. Read a detailed description of how to set S.M.A.R.T. goals here.
I have set 15 goals for myself for 2019 and described below how each fits the S.M.A.R.T. criteria. I encourage anyone who would like to join me to share their goals here as well, you don’t have to do 15 feel free to create as few or as many as you would like.
I roughly ordered my goals from lowest to highest priority and will be starting with those of lowest priority first.
1 – A full year sober
My #1 goal for 2019 is to abstain from alcohol, drugs, and gambling for the entire year. I have been sober from drugs and alcohol for all except the first 17 days of 2018 but have struggled with a gambling addiction since. This provides me with
2 – Move into my own place
I want to move into my own place by June 1st, 2019. No roommates, no living with a friend or family member. The goal is to be 100% self-sufficient by June 1st. It has been way too long since I’ve lived completely on my own without assistance and that changes this year.
3 – Excel in school
My education is very important to me this year and I want to maintain a 3.0 GPA while earning no grade lower than a B in all of 2019. I am perfectly capable of achieving this goal if I stay focused and motivated. I had a little set back after a great start in my Addictions Counseling program at Indiana Wesleyan University that was purely due to lack of motivation and organization. Earning this degree is extremely important to my future plans.
4 – Hold a steady job
I’ve struggled for years with holding a steady job. I’m talking actually being employed and on
5 – Buy a car
Again, with constantly being drunk for so long and living across the street from my regular bar, there was no reason to own a car. In fact, it was a blessing that I didn’t because I probably wouldn’t have my license anymore. Instead, I want to own a car (used) that is paid in full with my own money by July 1st. I will never finance another car again. If I can’t pay cash for it, I’m not going to own it.
6 – Grow recovery network
The goal here is mainly to stay active in the online recovery community for the entire year. But in the spirit of making this a SMART goal, I want to triple my following on each social network by the end of the year. This is very realistic and attainable considering the following I’ve built to date was built in the final 4 months of this year.
7 – Start dating
No relationships for one year, that is one of the few rules of recovery that I actually followed. I have not been on a real date in over a year now, and as my one year anniversary comes up in January I think I am ready to give it a try, slowly. The goal is to at least go on a real date by the end of March. That’s as specific as I’m going to go for now.
8 – Maintain healthy weight
Fact: I weight 113 lbs at the beginning of last year before I got sober. I was ridiculously malnourished and unhealthy from drinking for so long. I am at 136 lbs as I’m typing this. The goal is to get to 140 lbs and maintain it for rest of year. My target weight is 150 lbs.
9 – Start a non-profit
I always have and always will have business ventures and side projects going on. One of my goals is to start a non-profit organization that helps individuals in recovery. The goal is to legally establish my first non-profit organization and complete a business plan by end of year.
10 – Rescue a dog
I have not owned a dog since my childhood dog passed away in 2005. Along with getting my own place this year, I would like to adopt a dog from a local animal shelter by the end of this year. Something medium-sized, preferably male since I have the names Marino & Ozzy in mind.
11 – Read 6 books
I own oh so many books related to recovery and to business. I have a habit of buying a book, starting to read it and then never finishing it. The very attainable goal is to read 6 books in full, one every 2 months max, by the end of the year. This means start to finish and actually take notes to make them useful in my life.
12 – Start a podcast
While video makes me anxious, this goal is to start a video podcast by July 1st. It will likely be in the recovery space and just a simple format to start. This is actually a bigger goal than it seems because it means I have to have my social anxiety in check. I started blogging this year so I want to transition to video for 2019. I will likely look for a great podcasting partner or two to help me run it.
13 – Buy a bicycle
This goal is for both fun and fitness. It has been years since I’ve ridden a bike. I literally can’t even remember when the last time was. So I would like to buy a bicycle by May and begin riding regularly through the spring and summer. Once I get the bike, I will get into a routine and set a more specific goal like rides X times per week and X miles per ride.
14 – Travel out of state
Due to my addiction and always being too drunk to drive, I have not left the state of Indiana in over three years. Crazy, right? So I’d like to get my sober self out of the state this year. To make the goal specific, I want to spend at least one week out of state by the end of 2019. I would, of course, prefer to spend much more time than that out of state but in the spirit of making the goal attainable I’ll set it at just one week.
15 – Attend 3 professional sporting events
I love sports and for fun I want to attend the American sports trifecta in this calendar year. At least one MLB game, one NBA game, and one NFL game. Pretty simple and attainable. I’ve attended games from each sport before, but never in the same year and none for at least four years. I will select one game to attend from each sport as the schedules come out.
Again, I hope some of you will join me in setting S.M.A.R.T. goals for 2019. Feel free to comment here or on any of my social media channels as I will be posting this on each of them as well. Like and share to help spread the word and make New Year resolutions a thing of the past.