Reflecting on the word goals from the past year
The new year brings lots of reflection about the old and the new. My Facebook wall has been filled with numerous thoughts about 2011 and hopes for 2012.
It is traditionally a time for many to talk about and make resolutions. Others have sworn off resolutions and make goals. Most admit these lists of good intentions all too often end in failure not long after the start of every new year. You will see a lot of advice on how to raise the chances of success of these goals … like making them specific and attainable, having a stated timeline, writing them down and the like.
A few years ago I read of an approach many were adopting and it made sense to me. It was the choosing of three words that meaningfully resonated within you. Here have been my words of focus starting in 2009:
- 2009 – (stay) genuine – listen (first) – (seek) clarity
- 2010 – simplify – connect – achieve
- 2011 – serve – income – focus
Each one is significant to me and continues to be areas of thought I place an importance on in life.
But here is the problem. I didn’t keep them visible to me throughout in ways that I could see them on a daily basis. As a result, I found myself knowing I had them but if you had asked me what they were, I couldn’t tell you exactly what they were!
This week I will be making some sort of thing to display them, all of them, by year. I’ll have them subtly displayed at work and home.
As 2011 closes out tonight and 2012 begins, I’ve considered what words resonate in me for 2012. Those will be revealed in the next post. There will only be one for 2012. And it’s a big one.
Happy new year! Welcome 2012 and all that it will bring.