This is the time when everyone weighs in with resolutions and promises and goals. For me, a few years worth of broken resolutions has imbued the concept with failure.
So goals were the Big Thing for a time. It helped that when I worked at the Software Mothership, employees were required to create biannual goals. They had to be measurable, challenging but doable, and time specific, among other things. The reward for accomplishing them was monetary. There was an acronym to follow that I don’t even remember now. But for a time I applied the same method, more or less, to my personal goals.
Of course, I still have goals, but now I keep track of them in a relaxed and unscheduled way. Sometimes it just seems like a good idea to touch base with where I’d like my life to go in relation to where it seems to be going. Those with strict discipline and a drive for scheduled accomplishment are probably cringing right now.
The thing is, I like my life. A lot. Not looking for big changes. Naturally I want to advance my writing career, improve my writing skills, continue being part of a vibrant writing community and learn new things. All those things are progressing nicely as the new year rings in, and if it ain’t broke … well, you get the idea.
Still, this time of year feels like a fresh start, an opportunity to effect change. Not, perhaps, major – or even measurable – change. Rather, subtle alterations in attitude. Things like being open to more joy. Listening more. Being grateful. Continuing to clear out clutter – including the mental variety. Being active and strong. Letting go of complaining, excuses – and apologies. Getting out of my own way. Saying yes more – and knowing when to say no.
Do you still make resolutions? Goals? How do you approach them? Any tips or tricks to share?