My 2016 Top Three Goals

As 2016 kicks off, I’ve decided to actually write down some measurable goals for the year and communicate them to the people around me, with the hopes that I will stay accountable to them and be able to look back on them.

If you’ve read anything I’ve written to date, you know that I’m experimenting with the balance of Love, Work & Play in our lives and that they all serve important roles in our development and happiness as people.

While the below goals ALL include components of work, love and play — I’ve selected one goal from each area as a lead. Throughout the year, I’ll be posting stories related to these goals along with updates on progress. And, if I don’t… drill me on it!

Here they are:

1. Go on 50 First Dates with my Wife

My wife and I are about to enter our 5th year of marriage and I want to commit to developing and nurturing our relationship in every way I can. Rather than just say that broadly though, I’m making a goal of having “50 first dates.” The intent here is to think about my dates with Courtney as though they are our first. Regularly reinvigorate the excitement and intrigue that comes with first meeting someone, learning about their loves and passions. This could be anything from a coffee date to a dinner or a full day hike and picnic — but it will be dedicated ‘first date’ time.

How will I measure it? I’ll track each and every one of our dates. Just got to hit 50 :)

2. Launch an Amazing Product

I’m part of a very talented team at a startup called Trov. This year is a big year for us as we officially launch the world’s first on-demand, entirely mobile insurance product for the things people own. There is an enormous opportunity in front of us and it excites me to no end to bring a new, transparent type of insurance into the market.

I don’t want to just launch this product into the market though, I want to launch it in a way that delights our customers in every interaction and gets people talking.

How will I measure it? This will be measured by month-on-month growth, NPS and referrals.

3. Finish an Ironman 70.3

Commonly known as a ‘Half Ironman’, an Ironman 70.3 is a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and a 13.1 mile run. It equates to about 80 lengths of a 25m pool, 90km on the bike and a half-marathon (21.2km).

I’m Canadian, so I defer to metric whenever possible.

In 2015, I made the goal to complete a sprint & an olympic distance off-road triathlon (XTERRA). I checked those of my list and will do 3–4 XTERRAS again this year as training for the Ironman 70.3.

Right now, I’m thinking of doing either the Ironman 70.3 in Napa in July and/or the Ironman 70.3 in Santa Cruz in September.

Apparently, it’s not a good idea to set time goals for races of this nature, but I’d still like to set some sort of goal. The average for my age group is about 6hrs, so it seems prudent to set my target at under 6hrs.

How will I measure it? Pretty simple really. Do an Ironman 70.3 in under 6hrs.


That’s it! Again, my hope is that by sharing these goals with the people around me that I will stay accountable for them and commit to them. So, if you see me — ask me :)

Here’s to a great 2016!

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