Setting Personal Goals (not Resolutions) for 2014

Happy New Year everyone!  Hope you had a safe and wonderful holiday season with your families and that you’re rested for what I’m sure will be a great 2014 for you.  I certainly rested up during holidays after a hectic end of year at BrightGauge (you may have noticed, blog posts slowed considerably around Thanksgiving).  

Right before things got busy I wrote a blog post about why I love the holidays with the #1 reason being the time to reflect on the previous year and plan for a new year.  This year, instead of resolutions, I decided to write down a bunch of personal goals for myself for 2014.  And to keep myself more accountable, I only focused on "S.M.A.R.T" goals .  Here are a few so you can see where I’m headed (can’t give you the ultra personal ones, but these are most of them):

  1. Complete Miami Half Marathon

  2. Complete South Beach Triathlon

  3. Complete a Coursera course related to BrightGauge

  4. Learn the Python programming language

  5. Read UX Book on Microinteractions

  6. Write 65 blog posts for this blog!

  7. Lose 8 pounds

  8. Lower my golf handicap index by 2 strokes

We all have things we want to accomplish personally and there is no better time to start than at the turn of the new year.  I’m no longer a believer in “resolutions” as the connotation to me makes them more of a wish list than realistic and attainable goals.  My brother and I did something similar last year for “professional goals” which worked extremely well for us to stay on plan throughout 2013 (we had 10 very challenging professional goals which we hit 8.5).

I hope you took some time to do something similar for any part of your life (family, professional, personal).  Make sure to write them down and post them up around your house.  


  • I spent yesterday banging out my goals list as well. I’ve always been successful meeting my resolutions of not starting smoking and eating at least one meal with eggplant. Time to get more serious about my growth. While not all goals are SMART, I’ll definitely know if they’ve been accomplished.

  • Best of luck Mike! This will be a great year for sure.