It's 10 minutes before midnight on the last day of 2006, and I'm sitting in bed writing a post. I guess that shows where my priorities are. Anyway, a year ago I wrote down my goals for 2006, so our first order of business is to review them.
1 - Become Fully Polyphasic.
I guess I did this one, but I'm not polyphasic anymore. I'll count it as a win since I made it and then decided not to be polyphasic.
2 - Gain 15lb. of lean muscle mass
I totally did not do this one at all. In fact, I lost 12 pounds this year because I went vegan.
3 - Make a Million Dollars
This was a huge failure. I did not make a million dollars. I made several important financial changes that will help with this (cut my unnecessary spending by 50%, started investing in berkshire hathaway, sold some stuff), but that doesn't count for anything. This is the most disappointing failure because unlike some others that I failed on, I still really want this one.
4 - Become a relatively well known rapper
Argh. Another big no. I'll give myself 20% credit for having a weekly gig hosting karaoke where I get to sing a lot of rap songs. I've made some progress here, but not nearly enough.
5 - Find and date one incredible girl OR date several great girls
I'll give myself full credit for this one. More details to follow later...
6 - Enlarge my social circle
I did a fantastic job of this one. I definitely have a bunch of new cool friends and hang out with my friends more often.
7 - Do something REALLY nice for someone or a group of people
I'll give myself 40% credit on this one. I've done a few nice things and many people have e-mailed me saying that my site changed their lives. However, I don't think I did anything exceptionally nice.
My final score? 3.6 out of 7. Not impressive at all.
I'm not letting myself off the hook here, because I set goals and did not reach them, but one thing I realized is that a few months into the year, I didn't really want all these goals anymore. The two exceptions were rapping and the million dollars. I've become somewhat well known around Austin, so that's along the same vein as the rapper one. Nevertheless, I'm going to make my 2007 goals only things that I know I will really care about.
On the plus side, I accomplished a lot of goals that I didn't know I had. I went Vegan, which I consider to be one of the best decisions I've ever made. I got to lecture at a college, I wrote a book, I made some new songs. I got a real job for the first time, I started Tynan's Angels, I moved, I hung out with Mel Gibson, I went to Japan and some other places, I found out what it was like to think you're going to have a kid, I started hosting Karaoke, and thanks to people like you I made a moderately popular blog. All in all, that's pretty good for a year.
Here are my 2007 goals :
I think that's all! This year I think that I can do all of these! I intentionally chose fewer goals because I need to be more focused. Happy new year and all that...
WOW, I can't help it, I'm just in love with you. I really, really enjoyed reading your post. I have no doubt that you will become a millionaire rapper some day. And if that doesn't happen, well I'm pretty sure other great things will happen for you and not because of luck, but because you made them happen. You seem like a real together person. You know what you want and go out and get it type person. I'm very jealous of that. OK, thats enough, anymore and you'll probably think I'm some sort of weirdo, LOL.... Good luck. Jenna
You say you did'nt do as good last year as you wanted but look at it, you live a more action packed, intresting and amazing life then anyone I know. You live the life people write about (and did write about).
As for me I make goals but the spirit of the goals are more important to me then the goal. Like in MMORPG's, some guys go crazy doing really annoying or repetitive quests. I just wont because I wont be having fun and thats the point of playing the game!
Good Post...so good in fact that I stole your idea and wrote a similar post with my goals on my site!
Let me know if you need technical help with your million dollar plan. I can make the purchasing a lot more fluid and simple for you...
I like asparagus. It is delicious, nutritious and kind of phallic. Anyway, I can name these things whatever I please...but maybe for Kristen it can be brocolli, because she's adorable.
NO WAY! It HAS to be broccoli. Tynan obviously knew that I love broccoli more than I love asparagus. And since I am (kind of) a lady, he decided to name it in my favor.
I've given up on making financial goals. I just don't care enough about money. Similarly around gym goals, I don't care about that either.
I've found that setting EMOTIONAL goals is the most powerful. They also seem to manifest very very quickly, as the universe / your sub-conscious finds a creative way to solve it.
So my main one is really "I want to feel like I've helped people". Also "I want to feel wealth and financially secure", and "I want to feel loved/attractive", I guess. Need to refine those two.
Come on Evan, who wants to name their top secret operation code named after a vegetable that makes your urine smell weird? That's just all kinds of eeewwwwww! ;)
"I want to have a regular social scene at my place including cool parties that arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t typical get-wasted-and-act-like-an-idiot-parties."
I wish there was something like that here since I don't. In a college town though there isn't much besides keggers, and most of the people here would have no idea of what to do at a party without alcohol there as a crutch.
Here are my
I think these are pretty challenging yet realistic goals. It's important to remember that I have much more time than the average person, thanks to my polyphasic sleep schedule.
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?