Last December I decided to try my prognosticating skills and look ahead to what 2012 would bring. You can click here for that post if you’re curious.
That proved to be a valuable lesson – I now can cross “fortune teller” off my list of career options. Or, more appropriately, I can cross “good fortune teller” off that list. Although I did several of my targeted items to one degree or another I certainly did not meet the spirit of what I would consider “success” for that list.
Part of it probably had something to do with the fact I had 9 “resolutions” (or whatever you want to call them). I’m pretty sure experts would tell you that having more than 1 or 2 goals is pretty much all but a guarantee that you won’t actually complete any of them. I chose last year to look conventional and expert wisdom in the face and laugh while I proceeded to draft a gigantic “I will do this” list, confident in the knowledge that I would complete them all.
Not so much.
[side note: that’s a little ironic considering item #9 on my 2012 “I Shall Do This” list included this: “I have to be selective about what I pursue or I’ll continue to add to that list and never accomplish any of it. Consider it done in two thousand and twelve.” Apparently I don’t listen to myself any better than my kids do…]
So this year I’m going to look ahead, but I’m going to do it on a more focused and abbreviated scale. Welcome to what looking back on 2013 in twelve months will be like:
- I’ll have less stuff.
- I will be making money doing something I enjoy.
- I will have a better work-life balance.
There – that’s it. Three things I’m going to focus on and that’s all.
Those of you well schooled in goal-setting know that those three items are horribly poor examples of goals – they’re not specific, to start with, nor do they meet most of the important criteria for a goal. But right now I’m not setting goals – I’m setting guidelines for those goals. I’ll focus on the specific goals that get me there later.
So that’s 2013. When 2013 recap comes around I will be a more balanced, less stuff-y guy who’s making money doing what he enjoys.