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Setting goals. Keep it simple stupid.

Updated on March 8, 2016

Goal Setting for 2013 or whatever year it is!

It is that time of year again when traditionally most of us reflect on the year that has just passed. Often we contemplate making and deciding on New Year's Resolutions.

More often than not though after a few weeks or even days we lapse back into old habits and forget our resolutions. Without clear written down goals it is difficult to keep to resolutions.

My Inspiration has come from Megan Castran aka Jewel chic who has been challenged to run every day in 2013. After examining the year 2012 which seems to have gone and so quickly, I have been considering a clear simple goal to achieve myself. I intend to match Megan’s goal myself and encourage others to do the same.

Maybe we can swap notes and inspire each other. The Final goal is to complete the New York City Marathon.

Inspirational Jewelchic Youtube Video speaks with Sean Hollick

My goal in 2013 is to run every day.

My goal in 2013 is to run every day. That's right every day next year. Some days I might only run one mile or one kilometer. Other days a bit more gradually increasing the time and distance. Why don't you join in too? You might think that is no big deal But in 2012 I did not run at all, not once.

I have not enjoyed the natural high I used to get from jogging for such a long time so I have that to look forward to. We could swap notes and inspire each other.

My YouTube friend Megan Castran in Melbourne has been inspired from her friend Sean from Indiana to do this, now so have I? So why not catch the bug? Post a comment that you want to join in. I hope to keep regular updates each week so we can encourage each other.


Indigenous Marathon Project

Indigenous Marathon Project

A second motivation for my running goal is The Indigenous Marathon Project inspired and led by former World Record Holder and Olympic Champion Australian Robert de Castella. Deek's Twitter handle is deek207. 207 represent his once world record time of 2 hours and seven minutes in the Men's Marathon.

The Indigenous Marathon Project is a joint Federal State and private initiative to improve the lot of disadvantaged Aboriginal youth. Already it has had success. Several aboriginal street kids have gone from wandering aimlessly in the streets of their home towns to finishing the New York City Marathon As well many of them now have jobs as well their health and welfare has improve markedly. The project aims to continue their success with this project

I hope to post a plan for the first week in the next day. So if you have not run before you can start with me slowly. Over a decade ago I used to do a lot of running around 100 kilometers a week. I was around 15 kilograms lighter than I am today. So I really want to get my fitness levels back to somewhere closer to what they used to be. I know for a fact I will feel and look a lot better if I do so. You can too.

Getting Started

Okay on the first of January 2013 I plan to run and walk for 20 minutes. No matter how I am feeling how sore my legs might be for the first time just starting to get going.

That is my goal. I will write a journal each day I’ll call it a running Diary something that is not new. But still it will be an important piece of the physical and emotional journey of getting back into jogging. I urge you to do the same.

Fill out the details your weight height Body mass index. Each week we can recalculate if there has been a change since the previous week. Even a small amount of improvement will be a massive incentive to keep going. I know it will work I have done it before many years ago. It will be a success why don't you join me. Leave a comment below and we can keep in touch.


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    • Vonnavie Sanchez profile image

      Vonnavie Sanchez 

      9 years ago

      Great hub!

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      9 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This is quite inspirational -- I'm hoping to get in on a running regimen this year, and will start with small goals. Voting this Up and Interesting.

    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      9 years ago from Queensland Australia


      I am running wallking so far everyday since Jan 1 i have done one hour with a max of 20 mins jogging. hope to see improvement next week

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      9 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hi Barryrutherford! I have set a new years resolution and goal for myself too - I am going to drink at least 2oz of water EVERY day! Cutting back on the caffeine, you know:) lol

      How is the walking going?

      Voted up and all that!

    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      9 years ago from Queensland Australia


      indeed everything works better !

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      Carolyn Sands 

      9 years ago from Hollywood Florida

      I love it. Simple works very well for me. I can breathe better, think better, and live better.... Voted up.

    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      9 years ago from Queensland Australia


      It would b great if you can enter the challenge!

    • mljdgulley354 profile image


      9 years ago

      Keeping it simple is sometimes hard to do. Thank you for that reminder. Have a Happy New Year

    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      9 years ago from Queensland Australia

      wordscribe43 cardelean and Simone Smith hope you can join in! ultimate goal is to run the New York City Marathon. What a buzz that would be!

    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      9 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Vocalcoach why not write a hub on you plan?

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      9 years ago from San Francisco

      Fabulous goal and fabulous Hub! Your public proclamation and support from friends will go a long way, I bet!

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      9 years ago from Michigan

      Good luck on your running goals! I'll be happy if I run just a couple times a week. :) Baby steps and achieving your goals in small increments is very satisfying and much more manageable. Nice job.

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      Elsie Nelson 

      9 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      I will be checking back to this hub when I'm able to exercise again. I have a rotator cuff shoulder injury and will be having the ever-dreaded surgery soon. Which REALLY bums me out because my big goal was to get back to the gym. Anyway, this is a great hub, Barry!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      9 years ago from Pahrump NV

      Thanks for motivating me...appreciate it. Voting up on this very good hub!


    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      9 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Nell Yes! why you just start a run round the block say five minutes to start with each day starting on the 1st of January

    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      9 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for posting here Megan the video is great and yes I look forward to motivating each other when we need it !

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      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, I will be with you in mind if not in body running! I tried jogging a few years ago, never again I thought at the time! lol! but good luck, and maybe just maybe I may start trying to run, even if its only around the block! cheers nell

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      Megan Castran 

      9 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Hey-thanks for sharing my video-we will all be able to motivate each other xxx

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      India Arnold 

      9 years ago from Northern, California

      I really like your approach Barry. Having the support of those around us has a wonderful recharging outcome when it comes to achieving goals of any kind. Nice work here.



    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      9 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Denise for your comments. & brittany to get the quiz widget just go to the menu where you add column when creating or editing your hub you will see the quiz wizard there.

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      Brittany Kennedy 

      9 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      This is a great idea. Work out routines are always better in a group, so you have some motivation and support. How did you get the quiz widget on your hub? That is pretty cool. Great work, voted up, etc.

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      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      I like the idea of the simplicity. In fact, to keep my life more simple I've decided NOT to run everyday! Good lord, go for it and think of me sitting on the side lines cheering you on!

    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      9 years ago from Queensland Australia


      thanks for your comment ans Taleb80 look forward to you both joining in this challenge !

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      Taleb AlDris 

      9 years ago

      I will be with you in this, but I can not run as I have backache but I will walk on my treadmill & I will keep in touch with you.

      I voted Useful.

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      Jyoti Kothari 

      9 years ago from Jaipur

      Good. Rated up!

    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      9 years ago from Queensland Australia


      Indeed when it is all said and done we can achieve things one step at a time the same of course is with jogging. The big picture or goal though is to improve the way we function and interact with the world in every possible way. Thank you for your comment !

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      9 years ago from Wonderland

      Its so important to set realistic goals. Goals that can be fragmented into smaller goals. These mini goals should help you towards achieving your larger goals. Its positive reinforcement. Goals make us feel great about ourselves and it gives meaning to life.


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