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Just don’t sit there, Spartan Up!

Spartan-Up-Book_300x250This past week I was given the opportunity to take a look at the soon to be released book written by Joe De Sena, Spartan Up!

Let’s get one thing out of the way up front, I’ve never run in a Spartan race but I have great respect for those that do. If you’re not familiar with them you should definitely look them up.

So why would a desk jockey like myself read a book like this? I asked myself the same question as I started reading and to be honest I’m glad I did.

This isn’t a book about tips and tricks, how to write a better “to do” list, or even how to set up your email account so you can get to “inbox zero.” This book is about driving forward, facing the obstacles that are ahead of you and driving through them.

In writing this book, Joe takes the approach of sharing experiences from his own life as well as from the races themselves and it makes the book that much more interesting to read. He takes those examples and uses them as lessons to help you question your comfort zone, to get you to pick action over sitting still, to get you to see the Spartan way and adopt it.

I know the above sounds a lot like a sales pitch, and to be honest I will be receiving a copy of the book when it’s released in May, but I honestly feel this book would have been on my reading list anyway. I’ve grown tired of seeing the same ideas and thoughts recast so that another book can be written and sold. Spartan Up! is different and I think is worth your time.

Don’t just take my word for it though, here’s Joe telling you why you should Spartan UP!

Help I’ve fallen and I need to get up!

It happens to everyone, you set a goal, lay out a plan, line up your task list . . . .

And then fall off the wagon before you even get to the first turn on the road.

I know it’s a bit early for a mid-year check in but I figured the time was right as I recently noticed I haven’t posted in some time. So let’s dive in an look at the three main goals I set for this blog back in my post – Do you have any 2011 targets?.

1. Post once a week.

Yeah right. I just got through mentioning that I haven’t posted in some time and looking back at my RSS feed for this blog it would appear that I’m batting about 25% on week’s with a post – that won’t cut it, I need to improve on this.

I have been collecting ideas over the weeks but haven’t sat down to grow the ideas into a full postings which means it’s either motivation or time that’s impacting this. While I can plead the case for time we all know that ‘lack of time’ is really an excuse so I need to find a way to motivate myself to write more and be more consistent.

2. Tweet once a day

This one I’ve done a bit better with, I’ve tweeted on about 73% of days this year (110 out of 151) with some of those days having multiple tweets. While I have been missing my goal I am doing better that I have in the past but I need to raise that tweeting average a bit.

In order to do that I’m going to adding some javascript to my blog. I’ve been tracking my tweets using dontbreakthechain.com and they have a script that will post the last four weeks of my ‘chain’ in a box over in my sidebar so that everyone can see if I’m keeping it up. So, please check back regularly and call me on it if I break my chain.

3. Double my RSS Readership

Okay, let’s be honest here, posting is down, tweets are off the mark and I haven’t done any real marketing of the blog – there’s no way this has been increasing. Alright, maybe an extra subscriber or two but nothing to write home about. We’ll just have to wait and see where this goes as I feel that if I get the first two on track this goal will be obtainable.

I guess it’s time for me to roll up my sleeves and get back to work. If anyone has any suggestions on how I can improve any of the above please feel free to sound off in the comments.

Do you have any 2011 targets?

You can’t hit a target if you don’t know what it is.

It’s a common saying, one that’s overused at this time of year, when everyone is setting goals. Personal goals, work goals, financial goals, the list has more items on it that you can possibly count – so did you set any goals for 2011?

More importantly, did you set any for 2010 and how’d you do?

I set very few goals for 2010, which I mentioned in my post, Looking back to Look Ahead, but the question is how did I do?

1. Start a 365 day project

This I did start but later decided to stop short of completion, As I mentioned previously you have to be true to yourself and this project while interesting at the onset was not really something that fit who I am or what I wanted to do so it was called off. Now, I know that some would see this as a failure but in actuality this was a big win, how you may ask? One thing that a lot of folks need to understand is that a goal should not be viewed as something set in stone, you need to be constantly evaluating it as you move forward to see if it is still a goal you should have – if it doesn’t fit, change it or delete it which is what I did here.

2. Posting Frequency

The goal was to post more often, which I did do initially but then slacked off later and eventually took a couple of months off. This is a case of having a vague goal, I wanted to post more frequently (I took nearly all of 2009 off) but didn’t set a target, more of a direction. I’d rate this a near-hit, I posted more but not consistently.

3. Stop tweaking

This was a complete miss. I still spent a lot of time tweaking but not nearly as much as I have in the past. The biggest change I made to stop the tweaking was to settle into a simple and clean template (I use the same on my other blog) and didn’t go messing with it. I’ve come to realize that all the tweaking in the world won’t make this a better blog or make me a better writer – writing will.

4. Grow my twitter following

Another miss, as there was no real target. I didn’t put a number on it so how would I know if I hit it? In point of fact I lost followers over the year, not a bad thing but this was one of those goals that just didn’t make sense.

On the whole I don’t think I did so well with my 2010 goals. In point of fact, they really weren’t goals but more of direction pointing and wishful thinking.

Let’s see if I can do better with my 2011 goals.

1. Post once a week

This is a goal I set on my other blog, of Dice and Dragons, and I feel it is a good goal to set here as well.

2. Tweet once a day

In 2010 I said I wanted to increase my Twitter following – a goal that had no plan, no focus and no target. This year while I would like to see my following grow I need to focus on what I’m putting out on the wire and stop worrying about the numbers.

3. Double my RSS readership

This is actually a goal for both of my blogs and in both cases I believe that if I post regular with good content and respond to those that leave comments the readership will grow. Obviously I’ll be looking at other ways to increase the readership during the year and if I find ones that are successful I’ll be sure to pass them along.

That’s it, I’m only going to set three goals here. Why? I’ve found over the years, both personally and professionally, the more goals you set the more likely you are to miss the mark on them, better to stay with a smaller set and focus on them.

So, did you set any 2011 goals? While not share them in the comments below.