Goal Achievement: Streaking in 2017
No, not that kind of streaking.
I generally set a goal or two (or three, four, five, or seven) for myself that focus on year-end results. Write four books. Lose 2,023 lbs. Learn Spanish. Memorize Romans 8. Execute a perfect shoryuken dragon punch. Help my wife know how awesome she is.
The problem with that, at least for me, is that as time rolls by the goals become blurred and lose focus. And so by April “write four books” morphs into “write two books.” That was 2016.
A couple of weeks into 2017, I’m sitting in a much better situation. And the answer has to do so streaking. Joe DiMaggio didn’t say at the start of the 1941 season, “I’m going to hit in fifty-six straight games.” He just showed up every day and got a hit until fifty-six days passed.
That’s been my philosophy this year. I’m not thinking about each individual end-all goal, I’m thinking of what I need to do every day. Here are my goals for the coming year:
Write 1,000 words every day.
Study Spanish for 15 minutes each day.
Take a minimum 30 minute walk each day.
Finish my daily prayers and devotions before I leave for work. Every day.
Do something for my wife that will help her, every day. Without her having to ask.
And if I do that, the end of year goals work out. So I’ve got a fourteen day streak in all of the categories listed so far this year. Not bad. Thirteen more and I’ll tie Ichiro’s record. Forty-two more and I’ll tie DiMaggio.
Julio Cesar Chavez had 87 straight victories. Drew Brees had 54 straight games with a touchdown pass. Gretzky scored goals in 51 straight games. The U.S. Basketball team won 63 games in a row. Orel Hershiser had 59 consecutive scoreless innings. Edwin Moses, 122 straight wins. Brett Favre, 321 consecutive starts (counting playoffs). Cal Ripken Jr., 2,632 consecutive games played (that’s a multi-year project).
Those are my metrics, written down. Famous streaks and the day I’ll pass them (if I don’t have to reset). It’s working for me so far. I’ve been ridiculously productive and that’s made me happy. Happier, anyway because God is good all the time.
So if you have trouble hanging with those annual goals, give this method a try. Think of something you can do every day that and focus on that instead of the goal itself.
Write every day. Eat a serving a vegetables every day. Don’t turn on the television until after 9pm every day…whatever. Just figure out what you need to streak your way through and have at it!