2013: On Looking Ahead

On Looking Ahead...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:

  1. I’ll have less stuff.
  2. I will be making money doing something I enjoy.
  3. 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.

Rock on.

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