I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions. They’re too high stakes. You have to settle on what they’re going to be by 11:59pm on New Year’s Eve. You’re under intense pressure to keep them perfectly. Once you inevitable break them (because changing your life completely just because the clock hit midnight is difficult to impossible) you feel like you’ve failed irreparably.
So, I don’t have resolutions. I do, however, have goals – general areas that where I want to continue to grow. If I fall, no worries. I just get up and try again. If some of them somehow become less relevant, that’s OK, too. If I think of something to add to the list, that’s cool. They’re just goals, not New Year’s resolutions, so there’s no need to meet some arbitrary submission deadline.
With that said, here are some (not all) of my goals for this year:
1. Listen more.
I’ve got a lot to say, but a lot of it is just venting. That’s not really helpful to me or anyone else. We do more to help ourselves and others when we first listen.
2. Listen to women more.
That could be Goal 1, Section 2, but this is a blog, not a doctoral dissertation. I want to be more conscious of mail privilege and I think the best way to start doing that is listening to – and believing – women talk about their experiences. Especially black women.
3. Pray more.
I’m a Christian, and a Christian life without prayer is not much of a life at all. It’s basically a maze of worry and confusion. I want prayer to be more than just a part of my life. I want it to be the framework of my life.
4. Apologize more.
I want to get out of the pattern of always having to defend myself. I want to become more willing to admit when I was wrong.
5. Write more.
I need to be more consistent in both public and private writing. Journaling is a great way to sort out thoughts and record personal growth. Public writing – like this blog – is also important. It’s a way to join meaningful conversations and engage others.
6. Complete some case studies.
I want to sharpen my design skills and refine my process. Case studies are a great way to do this and allow others to learn along with me. I hope to complete some interactive branding case studies this year.
7. Be more organized and disciplined.
This is probably everyone’s goal all the time. Has anyone ever figured out what it means to be “sufficiently organized”?
8. Make videos.
There’s really no excuse for not doing this. We now have phones that have better cameras than the dedicated digital cameras we thought were so great ten years ago.
9. Create multiple streams of income.
I’ve tried this in the past, but now it’s time for me to put myself out there and commit to making meaningful residual income.
How about you? Do you have any goals for 2018 and beyond? Are some of them the same as mine? Why do you think goal setting is important? Leave a comment below.
Want to read more about not giving up when we fall short of our goals? Check this out: Spring, Pollen Falling Short, and Grace.