Thursday, January 2, 2014

Another Auld Lang Syne - Goal setting

No end in sight, it's all about the journey
     I'm not sure why New Year's has such significance. After all, the calendar is an artificial construct. I'm more than a little bit jealous of the folks in the Southern Hemisphere who get to celebrate in warm summer weather instead of bone-chilling temperatures. In fact, if anyone wants to petition our government to move the calendar back six months, I'd be all over it. It's as good as an idea as many of the other ones I see floated in DC.
     Regardless of the reason, it feels right to stop and mull over my goals occasionally and this is as good a time as any. 

     So what are my goals for 2014?
     1. Do my best. (stole this one from the Cub Scouts)
     2. Try to enjoy each moment (this one is from a life with dogs)
     3. When I fail at #1 or #2---let it go. Look to the future.
     So, that's it. I'm not setting a number of words to be written every day. I know from experience that the stuff I grind out isn't close to as good as the words that burst forth, clamoring for my attention, refusing to let me forget them. But I know that isn't going to happen every day and I'm not going to set myself up for failure. There's enough to feel bad about in the world without adding to it.
     This doesn't mean I'm not ambitious or competitive. Just talk to my kids after board game night.
     I just recognize that my ambitions aren't fully within my control. And who wants to "lose" at something they have no control over? Not me. So I have decided to keep goals and ambitions separate. 

  I would like to thank everyone who has ever critiqued my work for me. Every criticism has helped me improve. Every word of encouragement has helped me persevere. Every comment has let me know I'm not alone. It has all been much appreciated.

     I think I might use this goal list for every year going forward. Do you have any goals to share?


  1. These are the most reasonable goals I've seen! :) All best to you in 2014!

    1. Thank you, Jane. I've got a long to-do list and I think keeping these goals in mind will help me be productive!

  2. Good for you! And it's been an honor. HNY!

    1. Back at you, Julie. Hand in hand--computer to computer--we can take 2014 by storm. :)

  3. I still haven't really thought too much about my goals yet; I know what I want to accomplish though…so maybe those are actually goals? ;)

    Best of luck with your 2014 goals! They are great ones.

    1. Sounds like goals to me! I hope you accomplish everything you want in 2014, Teresa. HNY. :)