EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth and final post in a series of holiday posts revolving Christmas and New Year’s;“Power of 10” is a “list blog” of personal, inspirational and/or off-the-wall topics.
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I’m not a big resolution guy.
I consider New Year Resolutions nothing more than enchanted wishes that are simply driven by a different number on the calendar.
All talk. No walk.
Question I: Do you ever hear people talking about resolutions in September? Hell, by March they’re afterthoughts.
Question II: Doesn’t it seem like most resolutions revolve around NOT doing something? (e.g. Stop smoking, no more fast food, stop watching Gangnam Style on YouTube, etc.)
Goals are a completely different animal, though. What do you actually want to accomplish? And more importantly…how are you going to get there?
In 2010, I went through an exhausting – but beneficial – exercise, which helped me lay out my short-term goals for 2010 AND the long-term goals that I wanted to accomplish by 2015.
It’s pretty interesting to go back and look at those goals 3 years later.
I won’t bore you with my “report card” from 2010, but here are a few long-term goals that I’ve already accomplished:
• SPIRITUAL: Not just growing in my faith, but sharing it as well (one-on-one discipleship through Ministry Catalysts)
• SIGNIFICANCE: Help bring a chapter of Back on My Feet to DFW (launched in 2011)
• EDUCATION: Have my real estate license (received August 2012)
• SOCIAL: Started more realistic 101 List (launched 55/555 list in February 2012)
The crazy/ironic part…even though I’m still working towards many of my long-term goals in each of my life facets, I haven’t written down any short-term goals since that exercise 3 years ago.
Tragic AND scary!
Flying by the seat of your pants can be a little dangerous, so I decided to use this “Power of 10” post to lay out my goals for 2013 (separated into my life facets):
FINANCIAL: LEAVE DEBTVILLE
This is a pretty common goal that speaks for itself –
we are actually really close to accomplishing this goal.
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SIGNIFICANCE: START VOLUNTEERING AGAIN
I want to go all in for one cause that tugs at my heart strings.
I have to start by reminding myself why I volunteer in the first place.
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BUSINESS: POST $3 MILLION IN SALES
One of my real estate friends said:
“If you didn’t get into this business to make money,
you got in for the wrong reason.”
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SOCIAL: FOCUS ON 55/555
My 55/555 life list comes to an end in August.
I’m going to put an emphasis on this between now and then –
marking off five to six tasks a month.
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SOCIAL: KEEP IN TOUCH
In order to accomplish Goal No. 3 – this is crucial.
I want to send five to six notes a week –
happy birthday, good to see you, thinking about you…