Are You Ready For 2013?

In just a couple of days, 2013 will be here and the question is…

Are you ready for 2013?

The beginning of 2013, like most beginnings of the new year brings with it new years resolutions, new commitments and renewed energy to do something different or change bad habits in to good habits.

The beginning of the year can be full of all sorts of new opportunities.

Every year, I get to this place and I try to figure out a few things and go from there.

  • What triathlon races will I compete in and which running races will I use as training bench marks.
  • What will I do differently to make my job more exciting this year than the year before.
  • What new venture can I get into that keeps my creative juices flowing.
  • What can I do to be a better me for my family and friends.


Some years I’ve hit everything I wanted to accomplish (yes, it was a very small list), but I’ve found it’s ok if I don’t hit everything I want to do.

The important thing for me is to always be improving who I am and how I do things. It not only benefits me… but it really benefits those around me who have to deal with me on a daily basis.

These days, when I get ready for a new year, I don’t just think about it, I do things to put my goals in motion. I sign up for races months in advance and start getting my mind ready for what’s ahead. Wait a second what?

That’s right… I get my mind ready for what’s ahead.

For instance, on December 31, 2012 I officially start training for the 2013 triathlon season. I have races and goals I want to meet along the way. But for the past two weeks I’ve been getting my head in the game to get ready for the commitment it will take to get there.

I get all that I need to train together and organized. I start looking at training times and travel schedules and I start planning life out weeks in advance so I know what is ahead of me.

If I were to wake up on dec 31st and say “ok let’s go run now” with no plan or not even being prepared with what I need for the run, then what good am I doing myself? None at all!!

So, as you get into 2013, don’t forget to get your head in the game first. It might make the difference in success or failure for you. I know it does for me.

What are your plans for 2013?


The views expressed here are those of a personal nature and do not reflect the corporate view of my employer or anyone else who employee my services.
  • Sarah Siders

    That’s a great point. Visualize the future first. We did that with cross country races in high school and it was worth the time. Thanks for that reminder.

    • Spence Smith

      thanks for the comment sarah!

  • Jon Dale

    Spence, I’m looking at the Boulder Tri Series. We should do some training together. It’d be fun to do the half IronMan without a separated rib!

    • Spence Smith

      Ha!!! alright then… lets do some training together!

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