2009 – The Goals

Today is the last day of  2008, one of the best years of my life, so far. I already made my goal list for 2009. It isn’t a very detailed list in terms of numbers, but it does have a good deal of challenges over what I’ve had in 2008. The numbers are not so important when you think at a whole year, this is something I learned from my last yearly goal list. It’s far more important to define a “red strip” of up to 5 important things you want to manifest and stick with it throughout the whole year.

Here is the sketchy version of my goals for 2009, it’s the first time I do this publicly and I’m really curious if there will be any difference in my goal achievement because of that.

  • finalize the move to New Zealand. Although I did  a lot of important steps towards it, like setting up the new company in New Zealand, I’m still on “foreign” land, meaning Romania. I want 2009 to be my first year on New Zealand land.
  • overcome my financial results in 2008 with at least 10%. Might seem a little lower as a goal, but knowing that 2008 was my best financial year ever, things are actually much more difficult. Overcoming the results I had in 2008, in terms of personal finances, will require a fantastic stretch. I know that if I manifest only this goal, 2009 will be a terrific year.  I’m committed to do it.
  • have at least three 2 weeks long trips outside my country (whichever that might be, at some point). In 2008 I already had 2 long trips in New Zealand and Switzerland. I often find traveling as an effective metaphor of personal development, I have so many “a-ha” moments during my trips and I always come back after a longer trip in a better shape, both mentally and physically.
  • read 1 book per week, see 1 movie per week. I need more food for thoughts.
  • exercise at least one hour 3 times a week. After last year goal I know I can do this and I want to make it for a total of at least 6 months.
  • broadcast more value through dragosroua.com. Not only in terms of content. I already established a good routine of writing at least 15 posts monthly with a peak of 20 posts monthly during November and December. I don’t see any reasons to make this posting speed higher than it is. It can only dilute the message and it will prevent me from creating other forms of value. I’m still a programmer and I also want to write some books, which is something completely different from the blog writing experience.

That’s it. There are only a few hours left. In some parts of the world the New Year Eve is almost there. Time to let the past behind and move on.

I want to finish the last post on my blog for 2008 with a thank you word.

Thank you for reading me. Thank you for criticizing me when you feel the need. Thank you for your feed-back and for your time. Thank you for your success. If you’ll have any breakthrough in your life after reading this blog, I’ll be happy. Knowing that I was able to actually make somebody life’s better is an incredible reward for me.

Happy New Year!



Running For My Life - from zero to ultramarathoner


The spooky thing about depression is that it sneaks in. There aren’t really trumpets and loud voices announcing: “Hail, hail, this is depression entering the room, all rise!” Nope. It’s slow, silent, creepy. It doesn’t even look like depression. It starts with small isolation thoughts like: “Maybe I shouldn’t get out today, I just don’t feel like going out”. And then it does the same next day. And then the day after that and so on. And then it starts to whisper louder and louder in your ears: “Why would you go outside, you loser? Didn’t have enough yet? Want more people to make fun of how much of a big, fat loser you are?”

And then you start to breath in guilt and shame, instead of air. Every breathe you take is putting more dark thoughts into your body.

Until you get stuck. You can’t move anymore. At all.

If you want to know how I got out of this space, eventually, check out my latest book on Amazon and Kindle.

Running For My Life -from zero to ultramarathoner

Dragos Roua

The guy who started all this. Entrepreneur, ultra-marathoner, tanguero, father and risk taker. I’m blogging here, but I also spend a lot of time in this marvelous space.. You’re invited, by the way.

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