It seems that everyone I've been speaking with over the past week or so is really glad we have 2008 behind us. I am, too, but I'm not very sure 2009 will be better (at least in terms of the economy). I hope it is better, but I like to keep my expectations in line. We have pretty big challenges as a country and world.
I try to avoid making New Year resolutions because they are so easily forgotten. Instead, I try to focus on goals. One year, I made a list "10 things I want to remember" for the coming year. That was interesting to bring to mind throughout the year the important things.
I have some pretty major goals this year:
- Finish three books I have in progress
- Get about six more e-learning courses produced and out on the website.
- Develop some test strategies and content for cloud computing (Thanks, Mike for that suggestion).
- Contact at least two people in my network each day, just to stay in touch (so don't be surprised if you get a call from me).
- Complete my advanced level test certification (one part down - two to go!)
- Actually publish my newsletter every month this year!
- I'm also working on this major project to document all of the processes used in my office - all the way from accounting to website maintenance.
Then, there are my personal goals: books I want to read, people I want to develop deeper relationships with, a better use of my time, and then the big one: to organize my office!
I also have this car restoration project (a 1949 Plymouth) I would like to finish while my dad is still alive to see it and ride in it.
One more thing - My goal is to journal each day. I have been hit and miss, but at least have been doing it for a few years. Back in November while in London I was able to stop by Harrods and get their 2009 Diary, which I find perfect for journaling. Plus, it's expensive enough to give me the incentive to actually use it.
I learned a great tip on this from my mentor, Jim Rohn. Mr. Rohn says that it's good to have a notebook with loose leaf pages for all my projects. Each project gets a tab. Throughout the year I will make notes about how each project is going. On the journals, the one time I spoke face to face with Mr. Rohn he told me that if I stay consistent, one day I'll have an entire shelf of journals to document for my kids and grandkids my ideas, experiences, pictures and thoughts. Today, I look at my shelf and I have about ten of those books. My goal is one book per year.
I hope this prompts you to make a short list of things you would like to do, be, or experience this year. It's easy to dismiss goals, like resolutions. But they really do propel us forward and give a chance to review at the end of the year the progress we have made. For me, if it's not a goal I probably will get distracted and not do it.
Your goals might be:
- To learn a new skill
- To visit a new place
- To make a new friend
- To be better at what you do
I hope you comment on this post and share some of your goals and thoughts about the New Year!