Monday, February 28, 2011

Week 18

OK - so I took a break... Quite a long one actually. It's still 52 weeks of extraordinary... I'll just be blogging a bit longer than originally anticipated since I skipped 8 weeks of writing.

Goals... I am a goal setter. I like lists. I like having a plan... Pretty obvious since I set a goal of 52 weeks of extraordinary. I typically start the new year by reflecting on the past year & putting into focus the things I would like to accomplish in the new year. The start of 2011 was no different. (I could make the excuse that I was focusing on the new goals & that took me away from writing, but that would be just an excuse... No more excuses. I should know how to multi-goal-task.)

The start of 2011 - I wrote out some reasonable goals & then began thinking on bigger picture items - my life's path, etc. It's been a struggle - forcing myself to look at the cumulative years past & think about the future. Realizing that I have some say in what the future will bring - not fully, mind you, but realizing that I need to be doing things today to help get me on the track for the future I would like. I was never a long-term planner... More of a weekly to do list kind of gal. But I'm turning into a long-term planner. It's not easy. I always hated those interview questions "where do you see yourself in 5 years?" because I never thought that far - actually, not true. I thought that far but was never certain how to begin to achieve 5 year goals so I buried them deep in the back of my head. That's OK for a little while. But now I'm picking them back up - focusing really on where I see my life heading; making sure it's going in the direction that is best for me.

I've read a couple of things recently that are helping keep this in perspective -
"In the measurement world, we set a goal and strive to achieve it. In the universe of possibility, we set the context and let life unfold." - B. Zander, The Art of Possibility. This is something that borders on the difficulty for me - letting life unfold.... Like I said, I genuinely like having my plan in place. But I want to spend time letting life unfold. It doesn't mean I'm not going to continue to put into practice those things that will help achieve my goals - just means that I will follow Jon Bon Jovi's advice to "Map out your future, but do it in pencil." Doug Larson said it a bit more eloquently - but not as succinct - "Establishing goals is all right if you don't let them deprive you of interesting detours." I'm going to embrace those detours when they arrive but not just float through life anymore. (Some would argue that I haven't floated through life - I have a great job & a pretty sound head on my shoulders... But sometimes it feels like I'm just floating.)

Yes, a lot of quotations in a short amount of space, but all are so relevant to me right now. I'll set my goals, but not forget about living fully, every day. I want to live my today so not only does today count - but all my tomorrows count, too.

Anthony Robbins asks, "How am I going to live today in order to create the  tomorrow I'm committed to?" I'm going to keep asking that too.

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