"A goal is a desired result an animal or a system envisions, plans and commits to achieve—a personal or organizational desired end-point in some sort of assumed development. Many people endeavor to reach goals within a finite time by setting deadlines.
It is roughly similar to purpose or aim, the anticipated result which guides reaction, or an end, which is an object, either a physical object or an abstract object, that has intrinsic value."
Top Achievement, a Self Improvement and Personal Development community, has an article on S.M.A.R.T. goals--Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely goals. This gives us a little more definition and specific attributes of goals, but still leaves me feeling overwhelmed and scratching my head.
And these two websites/definitions are just the tip of the iceberg.
It makes me tired, reading about all these goal setting techniques. I've read this stuff before and been to conferences and business seminars about how to be more successful and make more money and be happier, etc. None of it really made much difference in my life.
Until I read this statement last July:
"Whatever you're doing right now, whether it makes you happy or not, is exactly what you want most to be doing right now.
You are exactly where you've wanted to be all along."
--"Need to Know" by Paul Myers, Publisher of TalkBiz News
(You can read more from Paul Myers at http://www.talkbiznews.com/.)
Is this statement rocking your world? No? Maybe you should re-read it. "You are exactly where you've wanted to be all along."
This revolutionized the way I thought about what I want out of life. Paul describes the motivation to change as "wantpower." Basically, what do you want more?
I've had several goals floating around in my head during the last year and a half, some have been around for years, some are brand new, and some were born about a year and half ago when this journey started in earnest.
But it wasn't until I read Paul's statement that I started to work out the specifics of those goals and started getting busy making them happen.
I alluded to these goals in my last post about living in my 40th year. I'm sharing some of them with you in hopes that they'll inspire you to make some much wanted changes in your own life and give me some much needed accountability in mine :)
Make one small choice today that makes the world a better place.
Short Term Goals:
September 2012--practice and karaoke Lady Gaga's "Paper Gangsta"--accomplished! If I am feeling really brave I may post the video in the near future, we'll see!!!!!
October 2012--brush and floss my teeth at least once a day, EVERY day. I know, I know, I can hear all of you shaking your heads at me. Oral hygiene is important AND I have expensive teeth that my parents made sacrifices to pay to straighten! But brushing is such a chore sometimes...sigh.
November 2012--NaNoWriMo--National Novel Writing Month--during the month I will be writing a 50,000 word novel rough draft. You can learn more about NaNoWrimo here. Starting November 1 there will be a widget here on my blog that shows how I'm doing--how many words I've written and what % I've completed. Please feel free to check back often to see my progress and offer words of encouragement :)
December 2012--Yet to be determined.
Long Term Goal:
August 2013--Climb Mt. St. Helens! Passes go on sale February 1st! I am purchasing 12--the most that can be in one group and I plan to fill that group with peeps who want to celebrate with me at the top! This has been a goal of mine for several years. This next summer, in honor of turning 40, I am making it happen! If you live in the PDX area and want to go on training hikes with me, let me know :) The more the merrier.
I don't buy into all the goal setting hoopla out there, but I do have some great tools that I use to help me accomplish my goals. The most important is my Google calendar. The pic at the top of this post is an actual screen print of my calendar this week. It may look overwhelming in all its color coded glory, but it sends me e-mail and text reminders, it gives me a history to look back on, and a plan to look forward on. And most importantly its on my phone and I can get to it from any computer with internet access. Of course, its only as helpful as the work I put into maintaining it. It comes free with gmail. If you have a gmail e-mail address, you have a Google calendar. All you have to do is start using it.
Thank you for joining me on this journey. Your support is much needed and appreciated. I wish you well on your journey wherever and whatever that may be.