I finally found time this morning to go through my goals for 2011 and think about what had been achieved (and why) and what hadn’t been achieved (and why). I can’t think properly without writing, so I ended up filling up pages of my ‘thoughts’ notebook (which is where random ideas that are unrelated to writing go – things I need to rant about, contemplations, musings… that sort of thing).
I only really got down to any serious goal-planning in July. Before that, my life was much more haphazard! Some of my goals I reached (some I surpassed) and some I failed utterly miserably at. But, the key for me, was not only to list what had worked and what hadn’t, but to think why.
I won’t bore you with the minutiae, but what became blindingly clear to me as I did my review was that I had done the things I believed in.
“A goal is a dream with legs”
Yes. And the key word in that sentence is dream. I generally had not attained goals that were not part of my dream.
There are many things I could do in my life.
There are far fewer things that I dream of doing.
There are even fewer things that I yearn to do.
One thing that is not limitless though is time. I don’t have the time to do all the things I could do. I may be lucky enough in this life to do all the things I dream of doing. But the chances are, I won’t even get the time to do all the things I yearn to do.
As a consequence I have one resolution (and it’s not even New Year):
If you aren’t yearning to do it, and it isn’t essential for any other reason, don’t do it.