I’m not the sort of person who sets myself goals because I believe that settings goals is practicing failure. I would prefer to think of my life as a work in progress or a continuous cycle of improvement. Just because I’m doing something well today doesn’t mean I can’t do it better tomorrow, or be ready for a new opportunity.
Your thinking & attitudes should never be limited by a milestone or goals. That sets a stage for underachievement or limited horizons. If you are focussed on a goal, you could miss a better opportunity. Total focus might achieve short term goals like a certification or an exam result but life isn’t a short term.
For example, whatever goals I might have set for Packet Pushers Podcast, I could never have imagined that we would exceed a 1 million downloads in 2012. I mean, Packet Pushers podcasts are downloaded on average 2000 times a day! Hard to imagine or plan for that.
I aim to achieve excellence every day and at everything. There isn’t a single goal I could set to achieve that.
OK, that sounds like I’m a tosspot, but hey, that’s what I do so I’ll own it.
Here is a Mind Map that I put together to consider what my “resolutions” are for the new year. These are ‘things’ that I need to work on, attitudes I need to change, rules to judge life choices by, and create a good outlook on life.
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I’ll happily admit that some of these intentions are odd, but then,parts of my life are equally odd.
I’m starting a new role next week with a Cloud company. The Packet Pushers Podcast and writing continues to take my career in unexpected directions. On the personal front, my daughters are definitely becoming teenagers and my wife & I struggle to change our parenting to cope.
Welcome to 2013, I hope you have a life to live and enjoy. Oh, and a job that you can enjoy.