Yes, I sipped the Koolaid and believe all the psycho-babble about writing down my goals and resolutions for the year. (Even I cite the infamous Harvard graduate study where one group wrote their goals down, one group didn’t, and at the reunion the group that did had infinitesimally higher rates of ‘success’, yet, no one can ever give me the precise reference of the article, nor could I find it…) but, I digress.
I’ve been pretty religious about writing my goals down for at least the past 5 years now. I was digging out the office tonight and stumbled upon the one pager goals for a few of the years. After getting over my initial shock of actually meeting or exceeding many of my written goals, there have been some over the past few years that didn’t quite make it to the hall of fame (aka: unkept resolutions). Here are just a few:
-Buy Porsche 356 replica and learn how to drive it (a manual transmission)
-Take a ballroom dancing class (usually requires a partner–hence, why this one was a failure)
-Take a French or Spanish class
-From 2005: Decide once and for all about Law school (I wrote down “NOT GOING” next to it. Oops!)
-Exercise at least 3 times per week (I do this, when the weather is good…)
It is good to have goals. Even if you don’t make all of them. But, I think it is important to raise a glass at the end of the year about your triumphs, as well as your failures and blunders. After all, if we always achieved everything we wanted, I think the fun and challenge itself might be lost, rendering the entire process a big dull blah. Besides, I am a girl who always seeks a good challenge!
Happy new year – and don’t forget to celebrate the good AND the not so good this year.