Setting goals motivates me. Last year I committed to make 2007 SO MUCH BETTER than 2006. And boy, was it. I can honestly say I have nothing to complain about, nothing major at least. 2007 was the “Year of Dianna”. I took a salsa class, by myself (that’s REALLY not like me). I just showed up to class and danced with whatever guy was there. I applied for a job I’d been thinking about applying to for a year; and I got the job and subsequently moved away from my friends and family. I walked the Bay to Breakers (12k), while pushing my son in his stroller (I was sore for about a week). I took chances in my dating life and have no regrets. Sure, I’m still single, but that’s my choice. Why settle into something I’m not really into? That’s just asking for trouble. I just basically threw out all my reservations and just went for a lot. And I got a lot.
So, the moral of this posting, set goals to challenge and pull yourself out of your comfort zone. And because I’m super helpful, here are some tips on how to formulate your goals (for the full version, check out: http://www.topachievement.com/goalsetting.html):
- Make sure the goal you are working for is something you really want, not just something that sounds good.
- A goal can not contradict any of your other goals.
- Develop goals in the 6 areas of life: Family and Home, Financial and Career, Spiritual and Ethical, Physical and Health, Social and Cultural, Mental and Educational.
- Write your goal in the positive instead of the negative.
- Write your goal out in complete detail.
- By all means, make sure your goal is high enough.
- This is the most important, write down your goals.
And to add some words of wisdom from my sister, “If you don’t meet a goal, just add it the next year’s list of goals.” Good idea, big sis. Now I don’t feel so bad about not reading a new book every month.
Happy Holidays everyone. See you in 2008 (unless I have a great urge to post before the new year)! But if you really need a fix (lol), check out my photo blog: As You Leave Me. I post new pictures almost everyday.