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Golf!I hope you “enjoyed” this past Spring Cleaning Week. Nothing in the list is particularly fun but they’re all very important and very valuable to your finances, so if hopefully you can enjoy the fruits of your labor later on down the road!

For this Your Take, I wanted to know your goals for 2011. They don’t have to be money related, they can be anything related. For me, my big goal for the year is to be better at the infuriating sport known as golf. I started playing seriously last year and dropped my average from around 110 to the mid 90s with the help of two lessons, a ton of practice, and a lot of playing. At 110, I’d mis-hit the ball quite a bit (topping it most of the time) and it left me very frustrated. It, however, taught me a lot about dealing with frustration, adversity, and how to maintain my composure even through I was furious on the inside. I think that’s what I like most about golf, it’s teaching me patience and persistence and those qualities are far more valuable than being able to hit a dimpled white ball 300 yards. 🙂

Oh, and in the spirit of good SMART goal setting, I’d like for my average (I measure as my last five rounds) round score to move under 90 before the end of the year.

So what are your goals for the new year?

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16 Responses to “Your Take: Goals for the New Year?”

  1. I generally avoid making “goals” or any type of resolution for New Years because quite frankly, keeping them will be another story. But it’s always good to have a set ideal to go after, regardless if its a brand new year or just another day at the office.

    On the financial side, my goal will probably to be able to accumulate and reach X amount, something that I feel I should have reach 3 years ago when I was in my mid 20s.

    On the personal side, I’d like to be less of an asshole to people. This’ll be the tough goal.

  2. jaye says:

    I aim to begin collecting Social Security this year when I turn 62. I have decided to take it early because I have been out of work for the past 7 years.

  3. krantcents says:

    Normally, I don’t do resolutions, but felt obligated for my blog. So here they are:

    * Top 100 Personal Finance Blogs – I want to be part of the Top 100 Personal Finance Blogs. I am currently increasing my Alexa Traffic Rank daily by commenting on various blogs and forums.

    * Increase workouts – Increase workouts from two (2) times a week to three (3) times a week. Although I am physically fit, I want to add one additional workout to improve my stamina, quality of life and good health.

    * Be more patient – In the past, I used my impatience to drive myself to reach goals faster and better. The negative side is my impatience interferes with my message. I realized time constraints trigger my impatience, so I will slow down my responses and speak more slowly.

    I am making considerable progress in my Alexa ranking, added a workout and identified small successes in my patience goal.

  4. skylog says:

    i am going to list some broad goals, but they are to fully fund my IRA this year and try to finally max my 401k as well.

    on a non-financial side, continue my getting in shape quest.

  5. eric says:

    Let’s see…well fitness wise I’ve been trying the couch to 5k program. It’s been helpful getting back in shape so far. I have so much more respect for marathon runners now!

  6. indio says:

    I’ve got the financial goals on autopilot so my goals are more personal growth ones. I’d like to cook every recipe in my Everyday Food cookbook this year and I’d like to start taking more classes to learn something new eg. crochet or fencing or karate.

  7. lostAnnfound says:

    Continue paying down debt and clean out the basement. Not that I haven’t seen basements that were more cluttered, but we’re running a close second right now!

  8. Shirley says:

    We have a big old trunk in the garage that belonged to my parents. It is full of their memory keepsakes and things that my brother and I made for them growing up. It has been sitting there unopened for four years because I dread going through it and disposing of anything unimportant but sentimental.

    This year I just have to buckle down and DO it.

  9. Bogey says:


    Man after my own heart! I cannot think of any better goal than becoming better at golf.

    Outside of financial goals this year, I have set a goal for myself to shoot my first round under par at the new country club we joined this year. I have shot several rounds under par before, but not yet at the new course (it is super hard).

    I recently discussed the financial aspects of joining a country club over on my blog.

    I think it is worth it to spend money on things you love, especially if it can help you accomplish your goals!

  10. Glenn Lasher says:

    I am looking to have a different job. The one I have right now is killing me, and has suffered from stagnation in salary and advancement.

    I am looking to start jogging sometime in April or so, once the weather gets a little more tolerable. I’m planning to use the Couch-to-5K workout to accomplish this.

    I will pay off three or four of my debts and get my emergency fund properly re-started after it got depleted by an emergency last year.

    For my sideline business as a DJ and Sound tech, I will work at least twelve projects by years end, of which no more than six may be on spec (i.e. the other six must be paid). I’m actually ahead on this one, with one spec and one paid project already behind me.

  11. My wife and I have a goal to pay off our debts ($4,800 to go!), save up an emergency fund, and buy our first house! 🙂

  12. Jennifer Lissette says:

    This year, my financial goals include maxing out my 401k and paying off 10% of the principal on my mortgage.

    Personally, I aim to lose my cool no more than once per month. I’ve been pregnant or breastfeeding (or both) for the last two and a half years and I’m tired of letting the hormones control my emotions.

  13. Like @StopBuyingCrap (I love that name) I’m not big on New Year resolutions or goals but I do plan on being a better record keeper this year. I’m struggling big time with 2010 online income/expenses for taxes. I want to do better so a year from now I’m not crying about the same thing.

  14. aua868s says:

    mine is to win a tax software in BB store this year…Jim, how about a tax software in BB store before tax day?!

  15. cubiclegeoff says:

    I’m not big on goals, so I just don’t bother. I’ll just try to do the best I can each day and week and will get where I need to go.

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