How to Make 2016 An Unbelievable Year

Why Goals Are Crucial to Achieving Your Absolute Best

What are your aspirations for 2016? What do you want to achieve, accomplish, complete or start? Did you achieve everything you wanted to in 2015?

How to Make 2016 an Unbelievable Year | Dave Anthold

Photo Credit – Greg Rakozy

I didn’t – and I am not afraid to admit it.

I had twelve goals I wanted to accomplish in 2015, and I only hit nine of them…and I am okay with that.

Do you want to know why?

Because…I completed things; I could not even have imagined when I began.

Here are some highlights of what I accomplished in 2015:

  • Completed four (4) half-marathons
  • Lowered by half-marathon time by 45 minutes
  • Compiled and published New York Minute – photography book
  • Read or listened to 81 books
  • Published 100 pieces of content between work and personal blogs
  • Wrote my 40 for 40 series celebrating my 40th birthday
  • Lost 20 pounds
  • Read through the Bible in one year
  • Developed a morning routine

If there was one word that described this past year, it was intentional.

Exclusive Download: You can get my entire 2015 Reading List here – some books were for fun and others made me think.

I was focused on setting myself up for success. Along the way, I learned a few lessons that I want to share with you.

Lesson #1: You Are Not a Slave To Your Goal

Goals are good. They help focus your attention so you can achieve great things; however, you don’t have to be a slave to them.

I formatted and re-formatted my goals more times than I could count in 2015. Some of them, I even had to scrap because there was no chance I was even going to accomplish them.

Was it disappointing? Yes.

Did it prevent me from accomplishing great things? No.

Goals are to guide us, but seasons of life also dictate a change in direction, and we cannot be so rigid that we break because we are unable to flex with the changes.

Lesson #2: Celebrate the Wins

I have said this many times (some might call it preaching), but you must celebrate your successes. I completed four half-marathons during 2015, and I lowered my personal record by 45 minutes. Booyah!

However, I missed my goal. I wanted to run 3 hours and 15 minutes, and I ran 3:17:41. I missed my goal, but I am still excited with my accomplishment despite missing my goal.

Be excited and shout it from the rooftops when you accomplish a goal. I give you permission to be excited!

Lesson #3: Reflect on the Past

This past year marked a significant milestone in my life – I turned forty years old. I celebrated that milestone by writing the 40 for 40 email series. This series focused on celebrating the past and preparing me for the next 40 or 50 years.

I learned a lot about myself during this reflection time. I saw connected threads woven together to showcase my masterpiece, and I shared the adventure with friends and family.

When we take the time to review the past (whether our life or the year) we gain perspective that helps propel us forward into a brave tomorrow.

You might be asking how this can help you have an unbelievable 2016?

3 Ways You Can Have an Unbelievable 2016

  1. Reflect on the Past– take time review what worked and what didn’t from last year.
  1. Write your goals down – it is a proven fact that if you just write your goals down, you are 42% more likely to achieve them.
  1. Review Regularly – keep the goals visible so you can take action on them daily, weekly and quarterly.

Michael Hyatt has developed a course – 5 Days To Your Best Year Ever – on goal-setting. It is the best course I have ever taken on goal-setting, and it helped me achieve all those things listed above.

My 2016 goals are set (with the help of this year's course), and I can tell you that my goals are huge, and pull me way outside my comfort zone. If you want a proven system for developing and achieving your goals and dreams, then this course is for you.

I am a walking testimony of what this course did for me, and I get no financial benefit for mentioning this course. If there are dreams that you want to accomplish, but you lack direction on how to achieve them – I implore you to check this course out. It changed my life, and it can change yours as well.

Question: What do you want to accomplish in 2016? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  • Mike San Martino

    Dave, you are inspiring me! Love your intentional year. Amazed at your focus. Looking forward to your regular blogs and reading your book. It’s a joy to serve Christ with you, Mike

  • Thanks Mike – a lot is on the horizon. More to follow.