2007 was the first year I wrote out goals for myself. Its been eye opening to review them and see the progress, or lack thereof. In general I’ve managed to complete about 50% of my goals. Of course, I doubt I would have achieved 10% if I hadn’t had them plugged into my PDA phone where I could review them (semi-)regularly.
Though my list of goals were pretty clear and easy to follow-up on, I notice that they weren’t completely “SMART”. While all were Specific, Measurable, Attainable, and Realistic, for none of them did I require a time frame. This year I plan to get really smart, with a capital “T”, about both my goals and the steps I take to achieve them.
Blogging these goals of course adds a bit of additional pressure: They are out in the “public spotlight” so to speak. I’d learned from long back that the more public one’s intentions, the more likely they are to materialize.
And so… without further ado, here’s the 20,000 foot view of what I hope to achieve this year, in order of priority.
Get A Life
Yes, sad but true. I have no life. Working on different businesses remotely from home has turned me into something of a troll. Time to make a few changes.
Fortunately I’m at a point now where I don’t have to accept opportunities presented to me but can, instead, create opportunities themselves. This has become increasingly clear over the last year. I’ve got a few ideas cooking on the back burner; the trick will be to identify what is truly important to me, and important for the long term. I don’t really need or want to work for money anymore. I’d like to work, instead, for purpose.
Make More Time for Fun
This is part of getting a life. A more serious way of putting this would be: Control my time. Seriously control my time.
Work has evolved into a habit, and a bad one. My tendency towards workaholism is made tragic by the fact that I’ve always worked obsessively on businesses that, at the end of the day, were not truly a passion. My strategy to change this is twofold:
- Identify my true passion and weave it into daily life until it becomes daily routine. Make work a joy. Make it fun.
- Joyous or not, clearly delineate work from private time. Plan it. Honor it. Discover joys outside that which I have identified as my life’s work.
Write & Teach
These are two things that I’ve discovered, over that years, that I am naturally quite good at.. and which I’ve been avoiding for as long as I can remember. I’m not sure why. Perhaps I’ve been avoiding myself.
I had originally listed this as lowest priority but now realize that this is a part of who I am that has needed additional attention for a long time.
Get Back In Shape
Everyone sets this as a New Year’s Resolution. And often its the first resolution to get dropped. That said, I think I know exactly how do get back in shape, at least in a way that will work for me. I’ve done it once before.
First step will be to train for and complete the Boston Marathon. This will have a huge impact on my overall health. After that I’d really like to get into some other kind of sport. Perhaps professional curling.
At any rate, its time to prioritize health over workaholism.
Secure Passive Cash Flow
Last year I vowed to get my finances in order and, much to my surprise, I’ve managed to do just that. Now that I know what they look like, this year I want them to work for me. If I can start to get money to work for me (rather than the other way around), then the above will be that much easier.
One’s money is an indirect (or often direct) extension of oneself. From long back, thanks to advice from my folks and others, I have been investing in stocks and a few funds. Financially this has been fine.. the only problem is that I don’t really know where that money is going.
This year I’d like to do a lot of research and realign my investments to be morally synergistic with my personal philosophies.
Buy A House
Given the current US housing market, we would be insane to pass up the potential for investing in a home.
Wheels are already in motion; deadline set. For a variety of reasons, we really need to get this figured out by April. More information soon.
Back To School
Not sure about this one, but I have an inkling that it’s time to go back for a more advanced degree. And not just a bidness degree. Perhaps one in professional curling. This I hope to get underway from August.
And there you have it. I’ll be checking back in on each of these topics at least once every month to review progress and to help keep things generally grooving along. We expect some significant life changes this year. It will be interesting to see how strong my New Year’s resolve actually is!