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Goal Digger

August 1, 2017

Last week I posted a question on Twitter asking how many people set goals that they actively worked towards on a day-to-day basis. I wanted to hear about them. I had a good amount of responses and noticed a trend that many people set summer goals or offseason goals so that they can focus more on them without as many distractions. Some people shared personal goals, some shared professional, some shared both.


Truthfully, I haven’t always been a goal setter. This is partially because I’ve been known to quit on things when they get too hard. But since my career in sports began five years ago, I find myself setting more goals in all different areas.


I have professional goals, and I think I’ve done a pretty good job at setting and achieving them. My first goal was to get a full time position after graduation. My next goal was to move to the Division I level, after that it was to move up in Division I to a place where I had less “other duties as assigned” and I could focus better on my designated sports and being the best media relations contact possible for them. All of this I have accomplished in five years.


But what’s next? I am about to embark on a goal I set for myself within the CoSIDA organization (more to come on that in August). And although I just got to East Carolina in January, that doesn’t mean that I’m not working towards my next goal of working at the “Power 5” level. My dream is to be there within the next five years, so I put 100% effort into my job every day because you never know who is watching.


I also have personal goals. As I’ve blogged about recently, I set a goal to take better care of myself. I eat healthier and run daily and set smaller goals in hopes of reaching my total weight loss goal within the next year. Last week I pre-registered for a half marathon. Running a half marathon is something I’ve always thought about but couldn’t imagine myself committing to training for a 13-mile race. Well, after running my first organized race (the CoSIDA/NACDA Charity 5K in June) three months after I wasn’t able to walk up a flight of stairs without losing my breath, I realized I could set running goals that I didn’t think were possible as long as I set my mind to it. Thursday I ran five miles for the first time since high school. Yesterday I did it again. That being said, it’s time to start saving my pennies and begin training for the Hawaii Hapalua in April 2018!


One of the most popular responses to my question about goals was working to become a better person. In my opinion this is the most important goal anyone could have, and everyone should have it. Be kind to others, especially those in the workplace. It’s okay to disagree on things, but make sure you are doing so in a polite and kind way. Help a stranger with their groceries, do a random act of kindness. A little bit really goes a long way.


So do you set goals? What are they? Do you work towards them every day?


It’s important to set goals, and it’s also important to remember that no goal is too big or too small. As Kevin Garnett once said “Anything is possible!!!” I thought my New England sports fan friends would enjoy that.


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