I am not a typical goal setting person. I have always been the one with broader ideas in mind, want things pre-planned but not too much in advance, do not like last minute glitches because it ties the stomach in knots but goals are a far cry. In fact, earlier I used to get baffled when people talked about setting their resolutions, their ambitions at the start of the year. After all you don’t need a new year to form resolutions and stick to them. What’s wrong with day to day goals?
But I find more sense in it now. Call it maturity or the popping of grey hairs on the scalp that have brought some wisdom too, I now revel in the reason why people form goals at the beginning of a year.
With a new year, there is always a chance at a clean slate that you are yet to write on, smudge, wipe and rewrite. It is fresh, shining and blank waiting for the imprints and that makes you even more purposeful with your first steps. A chance at a new beginning, if you may say so. A chance at catching the breath and looking at what you have done and what you can do to make things better. And a piece of paper to remind you to not lose sight of things that mean something to you.
So what’s wrong with day to day goals?
Nothing, if they lead to a bigger goal. But if not, you miss the bigger picture.
I tend to do that. I get so busy in my day to day goals that I lose the grip of the bigger picture. And this year, my goal is not to do that. So I am picking up a paper and writing in big bold words to not lose focus. They may not be the brightest of the goals. They can be as simple as having dinner dates with friends I longed to catch up on or finding a connect with a part of me that has become extinct over the years, the point is to keep myself aware of not ending up regretting wasting another year that I didn’t try or simply forgot.
So this year I am going to try till it hurts, I am going to keep a list stuck to my fridge on one of the A B C magnets to keep going back to, I am going to give myself a fair chance, I am going to make an effort to make peace with the upheavals in my heart, I am going to prioritize and not fall in the trap of doing multiple things at a time and I am not going to give up.
So this year, this not so typical goal setting person is doing something different –setting goals. So cheers 2013, I am embracing you with open arms.
I hope you are doing the same