Personal Goal Setting for 2012

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While most people are busily writing down their New Year’s resolutions on January 1st, I’m contemplating my life. I consider myself to be an introspective person and I’ve never been able to create a list of resolutions without giving it some serious thought. Also, there’s a part of me that hates to fail; therefore, I have to make sure that any goals I set for myself are achievable.

That’s why I usually wait until my birthday, which falls in the middle of the month, to set goals or make resolutions. Birthdays are always a time of reflection when I evaluate the previous year and determine how I’d like spend my time in the year ahead of me. This process has become more important to me since I’ve passed the 40 year mark. I now realize how short life really is and how important it is to maximize my time.

I’ve divided my goals into 5 categories: Physical, Spiritual, Family, Giving, and Personal. These categories help me to keep things balanced. Even though some categories have more items, I intend to treat them equally because each one is important to me. Things that prevent me from achieving my goals in each category will be systematically culled from my life. Of course, I will remain to take advantage of great opportunities or experiences, but all things must pass through my internal filter.

Here are the things that I intend to accomplish in 2012:


  • Run a 5K race
  • Get into shape by exercising  at least three times a week
  • Get regular medical and dental check-ups


  • Read the Bible and pray daily
  • Become a more active volunteer at church


  • Go on monthly dates with my wife
  • Go on regular dates with kids individually
  • Build train table for my sons
  • Take two family vacations
  • Take a trip with my wife
  • Support my kids in all of their endeavors
  • Spend more time with friends and extended family


  • Set-up a scholarship fund for kids at my high school
  • Participate in at least 2 cause related walks
  • Volunteer for and donate money to causes that are important to me and my family (education, hunger, AIDS, homelessness, veterans)


  • Learn to drive a manual car
  • Post to blogs on a regular basis
  • Attend at least on blogging conference
  • Learn more about guitar playing by reading, practicing, and taking lessons regularly (ultimate goal is to play “Human Nature” like John Meyer did at Michael Jackson’s memorial service)
  • Write and record a song
  • Take one photo each day
  • Visit with career coach monthly
  • Become proficient at video production
  • Meet more of my online friends in real life

I’ve decided to post my goals on this blog because I understand the importance of community. I know that many of you will hold me accountable and keep me motivated. Last year, I didn’t invest enough time in the spiritual and physical categories. This year, I will to do better because I have a defined plan for how I want to live my life in 2012.

Stay Strong,

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Frederick J. Goodall

Frederick J. Goodall is the founder of Mocha Dad - a parenting website focused on fatherhood. He is passionate about parenting and helping men to be great dads, husbands, and role models. You can contact him at or on Twitter at