While I enjoy reading other’s 2013 reflections and 2014 resolutions, I must admit, I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions. Unless you count vague promises to yourself of things you know you will never do. Which is why I got such a kick out of this image a friend sent me – rather apt!
However, I do have goals and I do set out to carry out certain things too.
10 accomplishments in 10 years
A highly successful, goal oriented friend gave me a rather interesting ‘present’ for my 40th birthday. He sat me down and prompted me to write a list of 10 things I would try to accomplish in the next 10 years. I came up with only eight at the time which he pronounced ‘fine’ as it provided scope to add new accomplishments over the course of the decade.
In a strange way it has worked. In the list I put a few things I hadn’t dared dreamed of doing which really pushed the “art of the possible.” Without realizing it then, this list opened the path to fairly drastic life changes, resulting in unexpected and very positive developments.
Remarkably, in the 4 years since, I’ve checked-off some pretty important accomplishments and made progress on others. I’ve added another item and recognized that one was a product of a certain set of circumstances which no longer apply – so I’ve guilt-free let myself off the hook for it!
Tasks not goals
In 2013, this same friend hung up his hat as Managing Director and took six months completely “off” work of any kind. He is now shifting gears towards setting up his own independent ventures and I have no doubt he will be a smashing success.
Interestingly, he shared that for once, he didn’t spend days carefully considering and crafting his goals for the coming year. Instead he set out a few simple tasks and committed to having a ‘goal-free’ 2014.
Now that is something I can get behind. I won’t bore you with my task list but I have a funny feeling my efforts to complete some just may make their way to this blog.
Best wishes with your resolutions, goals, tasks or flagrant disregard for them all!