Thursday, December 19, 2014
It’s hard to believe we are already at the end of 2013. To me it seems each year goes faster than the one before. I’m a “goal-setter” so like to look back at what I set out to do at the beginning of the year and see what was accomplished. Sometimes my goals can bog me down; if there are things I wanted to do but did not achieve, I tend to be hard on myself and question why I didn’t accomplish them or what I could have done better or differently to have been more successful. Like many people, I can be overly focused on what I did not achieve versus what I did achieve.
I’ve decided to take a new approach to goal setting for 2014. Yes, I am still going to set goals but I’m starting at a higher level than I’ve done in the past. I’m going to set an intention for how I want to experience the year and then base my goals on having that intentional experience. I decided this as I was flying home from a business trip last week, feeling quite exhausted and happy it was my last business trip of the year. This is when I began thinking about the goals I set for 2013 and whether or not I had accomplished them. I realized that, for the most part, I did accomplish them; however, I was not feeling fully satisfied. It was then I realized that I needed more purpose and intention behind the actual goals. It was also then that I decided I wanted to start infusing more fun into everything I’m doing – whether it’s something professional or personal, more fun was going to be my intention for 2014.
As I set my 2014 goals, they will have that purpose behind them: fun. As I plan to achieve things both personally and professionally, the question I will pose to myself is, “will this, in some way, contribute to my having more fun?” If it won’t, it should not (and will not) be on my list of things to achieve next year. If goals have purpose and meaning behind them, accomplishing them will be more satisfying. My goals have felt flat the past few years because, ultimately it’s not necessarily about the actual goal; it’s about the experience. Maybe you want to experience more peace or happiness in your life? Or perhaps you want to achieve more success. Define what that means to you and then set your goals with that experience in mind by asking yourself if those goals will somehow assist you in achieving more peace, happiness, or success.
This is an experiment for me but I’m confident that one year from now, I’ll look back on the year feeling quite satisfied with the goals I’ve accomplished and, hopefully also recognizing that I had a lot more fun. So that’s my word and my intention for 2014 – Fun. What’s yours? And what will you do to insure you achieve that intentional experience?