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Goals 2010: What Will You Be Working On?

You knew this was coming, my friend.  Although I refuse to live too much in the past or the future, I still make goals.

Here are some of my goals for 2010.  Some are massive, some are tiny.  I will achieve them all.

  • Come 2011, I will no longer be punching a clock.  (This does not mean that am the apprentice of a hobo)
  • Deadlift 500 lbs by April 15
  • Bend the Red Nail by September 1
  • 3,500 blog subscribers (you can help with this:)  spread the word
  • Turn in the finished manuscript of the book
  • Make as much progress as humanly possible–for a human of my size and length–on the one-armed pull-up
  • Press two 48kilo kettlebells
  • Stacked press (two kettlebells in one hand) 56kg
  • Weigh 260 at 12% body fat.  This will probably take most of the year

That’s it.  What about you?  Don’t write anything down if you’re not ready to commit, but don’t avoid goals because you’re scared of committing.  You know that if you write something here I will follow up with you.

My goals are here for everyone to see.  You saw them written down, you will see them fall one by one.

Most people do not expect to achieve their goals.  They just set them because, well…that’s what you do at this time of year.

Not us.

How about it?


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  • Darte January 2, 2010, 12:58 am

    All the best in reaching your 2010 goals man.
    As for me
    1) Spend more time with my family
    2) Start my university education this year and get into the top 5% of the cohort
    3) Deadlift 450 by xmas of 2010, currently at 315
    4) Zercher Squat 315X5, currently at 225 X8
    5) Do 3 weighted pull ups at 66% of my bw, currently at 25%

  • Srinivas Rao January 2, 2010, 1:02 am

    1)Achieve 500 RSS readers by Jan 2010 and keep increasing monthly
    2)Surf as many days as possible
    3) Earn 5000 dollars in monthly income from my entrepreneurial/blogging efforts
    4) Write a proposal for a book.

    I have quite a few more, but these are the ones I’m absolutely dead set on getting done this year.

  • Chip January 2, 2010, 3:05 am

    1. Narrow the focus of my photography career to shooting fashion and adventure.
    2. Take a least one long bike trip
    3. Build my adventure/photography/lifestyle blog to have ______ subscribers (Josh I have no idea what a good target number for this is.)
    4. At least one quality post to my blog every Monday
    5. Take and post a picture every day this year.
    6. More of this: http://www.bigrhinodog.com/crazy-people-and-dinosaurs/

    Thanks for all your posts this past year Josh, people like you, Chris at “The Art of Nonconformity” and Jill Homer from “Up in Alaska” have really shown me the value in keeping up with a regular posting schedule

    @Srinivas: I just subscribed to your feed, man.

    • Srinivas Rao January 2, 2010, 9:59 am

      Thanks Chip :). Appreciate the support.

  • Henri @ Wake Up Cloud January 2, 2010, 5:40 am

    My goals have been simple ever since I started my blog: to connect and help, as much as possible! The feedback I am getting from my feelings and from people are indicating that I’m heading in the right direction.

    Let’s crush 2010 completely!

  • Christa Avampato January 2, 2010, 8:42 am

    I love your goals, Josh! What is the subject of your book? I am also going to be free of punching a clock by 2011!


  • paulandrewrussell.com January 2, 2010, 9:00 am

    Well Josh, I’ve never set clear goals, just vague ones. So this year is going to be different, as the vague ones don’t work do they lol.
    1) To publish a book of my poetry.
    2) To finish one of my novel manuscripts (need to focus here).
    3) Get rid of the fat around my waist lol. (I think at 47 I’m in the heart attack zone)
    4) Stop worrying so much over nothing and just enjoy life.

    I wish you well with your goals Josh. You’re the one person who will actually achieve them all.

  • Heather January 2, 2010, 9:21 am

    1. To truly flatten my stomach by April 1.

    2. To clean up my diet (year-long/lifetime)

    3. To take steps to end a marriage that started out great, but has since taken a turn for the worse.

    4. To get my cute & cool Rihanna-style pixie hair cut back, so I can rock a pompadour by June 1 for graduation.

  • Daniel O'Connor January 2, 2010, 9:46 am

    1) Breathe Asthma free 6/2010
    2) Practice Kendo and Iaido regularly again.
    3) Train to win the 2011 Nabashima cup Kendo tournament (No Excuses-IE. work-asthma-age)
    4) Begin Kettlebell training (DVD, book and KB arrive this week)
    5) Launch website/blog 4/2010
    6) Gain 12lbs of muscle by end of year (currently 6′ 168lbs)

    I with ya there Josh

  • elana @ spaceaxe.com January 2, 2010, 11:21 am

    to blog a lot
    to have a cm of fat on my stomach
    be happy happy happy!
    that is all.
    or is it?

  • Emily Jane January 2, 2010, 12:30 pm

    2009 was the only year I ever actually accomplished some of the goals I set for myself. They were big ones, too – get over my anxiety issues, push myself out of my comfort zone and go from a scared and quiet office girl to a comfortable-in-public teacher. And eventually, I did it.

    This year I want to do something else that’s going to continue to push me to grow – right now I’m teaching one class a week, and it still has its challenges – I’d like to be able to do more, and without relying on a PowerPoint. I’d also like to finally learn to drive – you’re supposed to have this skill by your mid-twenties, yes? 🙂 I have a couple of blog goals, too – I went from 160 views/month in October to almost 3,000/month in Dec., which I know is still small peanuts but I immediately saw the rewards of my efforts and I’d really like to hit one month with 5,000. And lastly, I’m going to read more. I read maybe two books in the whole of 2009 and feel absolutely awful about it – so I’m going to start off small, with the goal of finishing one per month. 🙂 I wish you all the very best of luck with your goals!

  • Mark January 2, 2010, 12:50 pm

    Nice post of course we knew it was coming.:)

    I have taken it one step further and as Napolean Hill stated in his classic “Think and Grow Rich” not only have I written them down but I read them out loud twice daily. Once in the morning and once in the evening!

    Goals for 2010
    1. Spend time with my wife.
    2. 3% body fat
    3. earn $200 per day, $6000 monthly from affiliate marketing
    4. Tithe 10% to my church
    5. 10 hours weekly in service to my church
    6. spend 2 weeks per quarter with my Mom (she is 89 and lives in another state)
    7. 14″ arms
    8. 1000 raving fans of my blog


  • Mark Wolfinger January 2, 2010, 1:20 pm

    What do you weigh now?

  • Brian Heys January 2, 2010, 2:40 pm

    Good luck with the goals, Josh – especially #1.

    “I’ve decided the new year / new dawn for my blog will be a total rejection of a consistent theme, and instead, become a voyage of self-discovery, with a view to establishing my brand as my whole self, not what I think people expect me to be.”

    (A quote copied and pasted from my latest post.)

  • Kira January 2, 2010, 4:33 pm

    Got three goals …

    1. My posse challenged the local kettlebell club to a Tactical Strength Competition in April … Even if they chicken out we’ll still do it for fun 🙂

    2. One or two muay thai fights in Thailand in July.

    3. My first power-lifting comp in November/December.

    • Josh Hanagarne January 2, 2010, 4:43 pm

      Awesome. Don’t let them chicken out.

      • Kira January 2, 2010, 7:00 pm

        They’re ‘talking it over’. Should hear back from them this week …

        Even though we get on really well with them, we won’t hesitate to use cruel taunts and name-calling if we sense any hesitancy, lame excuses or fear 😉

        We would get IMMENSE pleasure defeating kettlebell dudes at snatches 🙂

        BTW. What is a good 5 min snatch number? My training partner tested last night and got 126 … I haven’t tested recently, but I’m probably 10-15 reps under him.

        Just watched your 500lbs deadlift … one goal down … congrats 🙂

        • Josh Hanagarne January 2, 2010, 8:58 pm

          Kira, 100 in 5:00 is the standard, but that’s really slow. If you actually make yourself do one snatch/3 seconds, it feels like forever. Assuming that the lockout is at twelve o’clock overhead and there is a perceptible pause at the top, 126 is very good, but I’ve seen people hit 140-145 and have every rep be legit.

  • adam t glass January 2, 2010, 11:40 pm

    Look back at those goals and understand how easy they are to get…

  • Jessica Marie January 2, 2010, 11:45 pm

    I am very impressed with your goals Josh (as I am a person who can lift very little.) Here are a few of my goals for 2010:

    1) Try Moroccan food
    2) Be able to climb four flights of stairs without being out of breath
    3) Make cinnamon rolls from scratch (and have them taste good)
    4) Take a tour of my state capital building
    5) Recycle every magazine or newspaper I receive
    6) Try rock climbing at an indoor gym
    7) Visit 3 art museums for more than 1 hour each
    8) Write and mail letters to 10 authors I appreciate
    9) Make a handmade gift for each of my 9 nieces and nephews
    10) Ask a coworker out on a date (I’ve had a crush for months)

  • Kris Wragg January 3, 2010, 2:38 am

    1) Reverse bend a nail, my target is end of February, but its really dependant on my tendons getting stronger…
    2) Deadlift 140kg (300lbs) which is double bodyweight (for now) I think this will fall easy once I actually start training it
    3) Press my 32kg KB with BOTH arms. (I can only just press 25kg for 1 rep at the mo)
    4) Complete a grade 6a climbing route (it’s all technique from 5+ I can’t just use strength to cheat!)
    5) Reduce my bodyfat percentage from 18% to around 12%
    6) Two hand pinch 50kg and get in the British top 50. (Unofficially unless I attend a grip competition)
    7) Complete a one arm press up

  • Dean Dwyer@QuitBit January 3, 2010, 8:33 am


    this just literally popped (ha ha I initially wrote pooped) into my head. If you are no longer punching the clock in 2011, then you will no longer be the world’s strongest librarian. Other suggestions…

    The world’s strongest unlibrarian, nonlibrarian, former librarian, hobo? 🙂

    That’s an awesome goal regardless of your new title.


    • Josh Hanagarne January 3, 2010, 9:49 am

      I will simply become the world’s librarian, not a librarian tied to an organization:)

  • Daisy January 3, 2010, 2:33 pm

    1. prepare another article (or more) for publication in professional journal
    2. take blog to next level; research buying own domain name
    3. survive difficult boss by working closely with instead with those who share my teaching philosophy and commitment to kids

  • Elizabeth January 4, 2010, 3:55 pm

    I’m going with what I found over on 6changes.com. I’m still refining and need to make them more specific, I think, but my 6 are:
    1) Decluttering my house one room per week over the next 8 weeks
    2) Keeping the house clean (I work 2 jobs, things tend to get messy if they’re not deemed “important”)
    3) Eating healthier
    4) Daily exercise by the end of the year
    5) Use my creativity daily
    6) Daily prayer / Bible study

    And I’ll admit. Putting #4 in writing and even that specific scares me. But I believe if I can get the first and second goals’ habits in place, I’ll be able to ditch the excuse of “no time” for #4! I hope. 🙂

  • Elizabeth January 4, 2010, 4:07 pm

    I’m laughing right now. Right after I submitted my goals and ‘fessed up to being scared about #4, I get a tweet from someone I follow that has a fitness blog. He’s advertising a series on Fitness for Beginners! LOL

  • Terrence January 5, 2010, 6:52 am

    sorry I am a lil late at getting to this one, but ok!! I have put my goals on my wordpress blog, but they include getting some help on my blog so that I can do what I love (writing) and quit my deadend j.o.b.!! also i mention my goal for blues/bluesrock guitar. Albert Collins Rules!!

  • Rat Fink December 15, 2010, 4:51 am

    Now that it’s the end of 2010, did you reach your goals?