I've given up on doing my yearly or bi-yearly goals. Why? I don't actually do them, and I don't actually care. I like having a somewhat chaotic life, changing my priorities and focus as I go along. Most of the time when I look back at my previous incomplete goals I'm glad I didn't complete them, or at least I'm glad I sacrificed them for other goals. When I do actually complete a yearly goal, it tends to be because it remained important to me, not because I was constantly referring back to my goal list.
This year I'm going to try something a little bit different. I'm going to cover what I did this year and what I could have done better.
Here's what I did that I'm happy about:
Sometimes it doesn't seem like I'm doing much, but looking back on this list, I feel like I got a lot of worthwhile stuff done, and I'm better off than I was a year ago. There are also a few noteworthy things I should have done better.
That's about it. There are definitely some things overlooked in each category, but I think I've covered the big ones. For the first year in a while, I'm not going to set goals or make predictions. Instead I'll just focus on having another amazing year.
Sounds like you had an awesome year altogether.
The moped project sounds pretty interesting. I am unfortunately mechanically inept like you were too. I'll have to add this to my list of things to do.
Happy New Year Tynan! Looking forward to your posts throughout 2010.
This is a refreshing post for me to read after reading all these posts on other blogs about new years resolutions, etc...I admit I even did it.
I am glad to see that living a chaotic lifestyle is fine and some people embrace it. I feel I need to embrace it more.
Have a wonderful New Year Tynan!
Have you tried Cafe Gratitude?
They have one in SF. I've been to the one in Berkeley and absolutely love it. Wish I could eat there everyday.
Tynan.. I used to read your blog back when you were better than people's boyfriends.. and hadn't checked up on you till today when my lover picked up The Game.
I just wanted to say you are an amazing individual and I am in total awe of your ability to live life to the full and try everything at least once! That you've made a way to pay for your non consumerist life is very impressive.
I love that you live in an RV and have done the nomadic thing overseas.. my boy and I have been travelling since Jan 2009 and plan to do the US and South America starting Jan 2010.. and we certainly haven't done it as simply as you have, though we try.
Really random to ask I suppose but we'd be interested to meet up with you when we are in the US. We plan to buy a car/ RV/ Camper of some sort to drive through and basically are into most things that you are into.. it would be great to exchange ideas and eat a vegan meal together.
Heck, I thought I'd ask you anyway even though it might seem a bit strange.. though honestly I don't think anything surprises you any more!
Happy 2010 and I think this particular post is spot on..
I love San Francisco so much that it's almost a problem. When I think about taking a trip somewhere, my next thought is, "yeah, but there's so much awesome stuff going on right here, too." Of course, no city is perfect. San Francisco's faults are common to most big cities: parking is a pain traffic gets unwieldy during rush hour.
Enter the moped. I used to think that "moped" was another name for scooter, but it's not. Considering that mopeds, with a few exceptions, haven't been mass produced since the 1980s, it's not all that surprising that no one knows what they are anymore.
A moped is actually a hybrid between a small motorcycle and a bicycle. They were originally designed for the motors to assist in pedaling, not to completely take over. As small engines became more powerful the need for human power diminished and eventually they were replaced with scooters.
This month I started writing down my goals for the very first time. There have always been things I really want to do, but somehow I never bothered to write them down. At first I thought I was just being pragmatic. After all, I already know what my goals are. How is it going to help if I write them down?
But now I've realized that I was actually scared of the future. Writing down your goals forces you to look into your own future, and that can get scary. Not only do you have to know what you really want, but you also have to confront the idea that it's not going to happen unless you start working towards your goals.
I've always wanted to start my own business. Ever since I remember myself, I've been daydreaming about being a successful entrepreneur, being my own boss, and more recently, making a positive contribution to the world. But the ugly truth is that none of this is going to happen unless I start taking action right now. Writing down my goals forces me to confront the harsh reality and actually start working towards my future.
I know that things will get tough at some point. They always do. But persisting through hardship is what separates successful people from those who never manage to get anything done. I've learned this myself the hard way. But now that I write down my goals, I know exactly what I'm struggling for. And I won't stop until I get there.
I write down my yearly, monthly, weekly and daily goals. Most of my monthly goals are small steps towards my yearly goals, my weekly goals are small steps towards my monthly goals, and so on. If what I'm doing this month won't help me get where I want to be at the end of this year, should I really be doing it?