Several years ago, I came across a guide to goal setting on Lululemon’s website (before they had a blog, where you can now find a similar entry here). I didn’t know what to make of the worksheet that asked of me my personal and health goals. Academic/work goals were much easier to fill in since they held more concrete presences in my life. But I couldn’t just leave two whole columns blank without the feeling of having done the exercise wrong; so I tucked away the sheet and didn’t bother with it until much later.
I did eventually fill out the rest of my goals and posted it on my old blog as a reminder. But as days and weeks passed, the entry got pushed down, and it slipped away from my mind. From time to time, I would remember the exercise and dig it up amidst old entries to see how much I had accomplished. Of course, it wasn’t feasible to accomplish it all so soon, not only because some of what I had aspired for was out of reach, but also the fact that the goal setting was meant to be completed in three phases: one year, five years, and ten years.
Reading the ideologies and aspirations that I had for myself present some interesting notes about myself, as well as realizations about others. The more forward I look into the future, the more vague things become, and rightfully so, since much of the future would have to be predicated on he succession of the more recent goals that I have set for myself. And of course, I’ve come to realize the importance of personal and health goals; we can’t live our lives directed in one narrow lane. It is so much easier said than done, but it can be something that one can strive for and try to achieve. But more interesting to consider are the resolutions that some people make.
I use the terms resolution and goal interchangeably in this entry since resolutions are what we often make at the beginning of the year, and are in effect, goals. Goals, more specifically, though, hold no implicit time period, and thus, we often have to specify and contextualize such ourselves when we talk about them.
Some of the resolutions that people make are entertaining, some are achievable, some are out-of-reach, and sometimes, there are just too many of the achievable posed by just one person, and thus making it cumulatively impossible. I’ve learned from past experiences to challenge myself, but not to overexert myself in my pursuits. So while there are many things that I would like to do this year, I realize that I can’t do everything in one year.
Since I spent most of last year and a half learning how to cook, I suppose that I would like to move on (while continuing learning to cook and what-not) and learn about wine, bartending, and mixology. That is going to be my big project for the year of 2011. Of course, I’ll be sure to have smaller goals and resolutions planned, but I haven’t really penned anything down as of yet except for the aforementioned.
So cheers to a new year, and hopes that we all find what we are looking for!
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