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2018 Goals

2018 Goals

Growing up writing and reading was never my strength. In year 5 at school, everyone was reading the 1st Harry Potter book. I couldn’t join in the conversation because frankly, I physically couldn’t read an entire book. I was still reading Biff & Chip books, which as you remember weren’t that complication.

Screen Shot 2018-01-01 at 15.49.10.pngIt was at the point I made my first ever goal. The goal was simple – read my first proper book. The book I chose to read was The Silver Sword. The story of a Polish family on the run from the Nazi’s at the start of WWII.

You may think that this was a strange decision, however, at this point in my life, I had already adopted a passion for History, doing an entire project that year on The Ancient Greeks. Naively I stumbled upon a recipe for success, when taking on a challenge combine it with something you enjoy, it will make it a lot easier.

The same method was used by my mum to make me eat Broccoli, she used to dip it in Tomato ketchup Boom! 15 Years later I now love broccoli.

With the help of one of the support staff at the school, I spent a number of my play times having 1 to 1 reading lessons with her in a small room. It took me an entire term, however, I completed my first book – I was over the moon.

When analyzing this, it is only in hindsight that I see the importance of something that seemed so straightforward at the time, however, this gave me the confidence I needed to believe in myself for my year 6 sats. Maths & Science were a walk in the park for me, but English was always going to be my downfall, however, with the new found self-belief I conquer the exams and got straight 5’s (God do you remember how important that day felt)

Translating this into something much more tangible for real life, overcoming a small challenge, reading the book, allowed me to take on something a lot more difficult, which had a direct impact on my future. This is the same with goals we set ourselves now.

The feeling of achievement is very important, the reinforcement you collect from completing a tasks guides on the day today. These day to day activates accumulate over time, which allows you to achieve the bigger goals – good job, buying a house etc etc etc.

Without goals, you’re not working towards anything.

In 2017 I achieved a lot, however, I didn’t have any tangible goals to achieve, I had a holistic feeling for what I wanted to do. I remember this time last year tweeting “My word of the year for 2017 is Mindfulness” – this tweet followed my throughout the year and was at the forefront of a lot of my decision making.

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My word for 2018 is going to be “Development” for myself and others

For 2018, I’m going to make a list of professional and personal goals I want to achieve and I’ll be frequently updating you on my progress.


2018 Goals…….

Goal 1:

Run the London Marathon

Completion Date: 22nd April 2018

Goal 2: 

Do an Iron Man,

Completion Date: 12th May 2018

Goal 3:

TeeTotal Throughout 2018

Completion Date: 1st January 2019

Goal 4:

Read 12 Books (1 a Month)

Completion Date: 1st January 2019

Goal 5:

Blog once a week

Completion Date: 1st January 2019

Goal 6:

Secure a column

Completion Date 1st January 2019

Goal 7:

5km Under 20mins

Completion Date: 8th May 2018

Goal 8:

Make a positive impact on 1000 people lives

Completion Date: 1st January 2019

Goal 9:

Mentor 12 people

Completion Date: 1st January 2019

Goal 10:

Raise over 15,000 for Calm

Completion Date: 1st January 2019.

Goal 11:

Learn a Language (French)

Completion Date: 1st January 2019.

Goal 12:

Start a Higher Education Course

Completion Date: 1st January 2019

All of these are SMART GOALS

Specific Measurable Achievable Reliable Time

If you apply these principles to each goal you set, you have a great chance of accomplishing them.

I’ve set out quite an ambitions 2018, I’d love to hear what your goals are and whether there are any I can personally help you achieve.


4 comments on “2018 Goals

  1. Great goals mate. Would be to keen to hear more about the mentoring – I would be very interested.

  2. Great article to read at the start of the year, thanks for putting the time aside to write it. Interestingly I suffered the opposite problem to you at school, I was terrible at maths! This article has spurred me on to set some goals for 2018, the best of luck in achieving yours.

  3. Nice one Dom, Amazing goals set! Wishing that you achieve them and many more!

  4. There are difficult goals and “easy” ones in your plan for that year.

    As a coach, I am sure you will do the marathon, but don’t fell in the volume mistake. That means more kms is not better. Try to run faster instead of longer distances. If you want to be just another finisher….ok let’s do this but what is really difficult is running under 35′ a 10k. Is not impossible but then you will realiase how easy is just running a 42k.

    About the IM…… don’t do this please. Injuries or other pains you can soffer during this time. And then instead of enjoying the sport you will discover that even if you are young, you body need time to adapt. An ironman I suggest to train minimum 6 months IF you have been doing sport during 3 – 5 years. If not you need minimum 8-10 months to prepare for that. Maybe you can achieve, of course, but you will have more chances to be injured.

    Let your body adapt first and then accumulate volume. Play wiht the intensity as well (polarized training, HIIT/tabata and fartleks).

    Good luck!

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