A trail with a fork representing a decision. Photo by: Pexels.com / James Wheeler
A trail with a fork representing a decision. Photo by: Pexels.com / James Wheeler

Each year thousands of people across the Western Hemisphere take part in creating and fulfilling a set of new year’s resolutions. These goals can be complex, difficult or easy to accomplish.

In addition to creating a set of goals for 2020, our outlet has also crafted a set of specific goals for the upcoming decade. I’ve broken these two sets of goals down into two sets. The first set is my personal goals for the upcoming year, and the second set is a group of resolutions for the decade regarding this company.


My personal and professional goals are outlined to create accountability for myself, as well as to inspire others.

In the TED Talks video below Stephen Duneler breaks down the process on to achieve goals.

“You see what stands between us and achieving even our most ambitious dreams has far less to do with possessing some magical skill or talent, and far more to do with how we approach problems and make decisions to solve them. And because of the continuous and compounding nature of all those millions of decisions that we face on a regular basis, even a marginal improvement in our process can have a huge impact on our end results.” – Stephen Duneler

Personal goals for 2020

  1. Read one book per month. 
  2. Workout twice a week. 
  3. Make healthier decisions regarding my diet. 
  4. Spend more time with family and friends. 
  5. Put more time and effort into my relationships at work. 
  6. Obtain Salesforce Administration certification. 
  7. Obtain PMP certification from the Project Management Institute. 
  8. Practice coding exercises and create additional websites to display my work. 
  9. Hike ten trails in Colorado that I have not covered yet.
  10. Perform charitable acts.

Professional goals for 2020

  1. Work on learning a new language.
  2. Write over 1000 Web articles per year.
  3. Work on obtaining over 1000 dollars per month in revenue regarding Web development projects. 
  4. Work 45 hours on average per week at my full-time job and 5-10 hours a week on Web content and development projects. Give myself downtime to rest and relax when not being productive.
  5. Reduce my time on social media and checking my smartphone.
  6. Attend conferences that aligns with my work.
  7. Connect with peers at Meetups or monthly meetings.
  8. Be a mentor for others that aspire to achieve more with their lives.
  9. Provide support to my clients. Make time to update and support them as needed.
  10. Find ways to be productive on upcoming trends.

At the end of 2018, I also made a set of goals to accomplish during 2019. When I look back at those goals, I noticed I fell short for some of them, but I did make progress on others. This year, I created goals that are more achievable. After looking back at my goals from last year, I realize that I lacked accountability for myself. Time is a resource that I appreciate more and more as I get older. The act of using my time in a more productive manner connects with how I hold myself accountable.

Watch the following video from TED Talks on YouTube:

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Matthew McGuire is the founder and editor of Crescent Vale News. In 2014, he acquired a master's degree in Professional Media and Media Management from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.