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SMARTer Gratitude

I just finished my faculty activity report for 2012.  (It’s the equivalent to performance management in the corporate world, for those of you in the for-profit world.)  It’s not a fun process, to cull back through a year of what you already did (clearly, I’m a futurist and I don’t dig past-dwelling).  But, in looking ahead, I first need to do 2 things:

1. Acknowledge the peeps who got me through this year.  There’s a list so long I can’t even begin to publish everyone here-but to everyone who supported my crazy ideas, helped me hobble through law school and finish, my friends, family, frenemies and flat out enemies–thanks for being there.  Seriously–while no woman is an island, (or it takes a village to raise an idiot?  You pick your favorite adage here…)  it couldn’t have been more real for me this year – I couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you!

2.  Acknowledge that I missed out on one of my all-time favorite things to do this year.  I’ve been working on my law school book, but I’m not going to get it published this calendar year.  I was certainly busy doing a lot of stuff this year–some planned, some totally unplanned and beyond my control–but one of the things that fell by the wayside was writing. Boo.

I’m here to say NO MORE to that one–and next year, I vow to publish 3 books–2 new, one a revised and updated edition of another of my books.  Hold me accountable to this one, dear peeps, so I can make sure writing and publishing don’t fall to the back burner like they did this year.  I definitely don’t want history repeating itself on this item–and while some things were beyond my control this year–at the end of the day, I have only one person to blame for not getting any published works done: me.

Now, I can move on to my goals for the new year – and I’ve been thinking about them, because I have to produce them relative to the day job on the faculty activity report.  However, I need to go wider and think about all that I do and goals next year.  Thus far, I’ve already been madly plotting to maximize next fall (I’ll have more on that later – still don’t want to jinx it) but that still leaves me half a year to create what it is that I want more of in my life.

Friendly reminder to everyone, including me – to write SMART goals.  I think I’m going to lower the number of goals this coming year, but they will be SMARTly written.  In January?  I love to share them with the universe–so if the universe can help me with that part–by bringing more discussion around what my goals really are for 2013–I’d really appreciate it.  Thoughts become action.

Deep.  I know.  Now I’m off to edit.  That always scrambles the brain.

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