Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Setting Goals

As a kid my dad always told me how important it was to set goals. All I heard, was that he wanted me to write down all the work I had ahead of me to do. I didn’t want to create some list that could later be used against me, when I failed to do whatever I had written down. I figured there was no need to write down the things I wanted for myself, because there was no chance, I could ever forget them.
Now as a big kid, I realize that it really wasn’t about all that. At the beginning of this year, I wrote down five things I wanted to accomplish by the end of this year, laminated the list and stuck it in my wallet. First and foremost, it forced me to think about what 5 things were at the top of my priority list as things I wanted for myself this year. Secondly, I had to think about what I was going to do to get those things and when I was going to start trying. Writing these things down, made me see that the amount of time in life is limited and that you must choose your goals wisely. The really cool thing is that I have a similar paper in my wallet, from something I wrote in 1996. Believe it or not, I have managed to meet, most of the goals from that list. I believe having it in my wallet all those years made them happen.

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