Happy birthday bro!!!
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
Today I had a bath and put on my clean clothes. Fresh start.
Around this time every year I think about what I would like to achieve or do during the next year. It is the time to think about what happened during last year and how to improve it.
Narrowing objectives make reference to focus on some important goals for the year (something that cannot be achieved in just one month).
How to choose this year´s goals? Answering the following question: Which are the goals and habits that can have a greater impact on your life? Probably you are already aware of your strengths and weaknesses and what you are more motivated to achieve. People usually think about financial goals, material things to have, savings to build, debts to pay, holidays to do, change of employment, new things to learn, new products or services to create, get fit, loose weight, improving relationships, do new activities to enjoy and have fun (hobbies, volunteering, etc.). Other goals could be related to improving the accommodation where you live (decoration, repairs, etc.), improving things in our behaviour (ie. to be less grumpy, more brave, more generous, more active and passionate).
There are some objectives that may seem more urgent and others that can be very important in the long term, for example, to improve our quality of life (ie. having fun, do new activities, be fit, improve relationships).
See yourself how you want to be 5 years from now and start acting like that person today.
A practical way of thinking about our quality of life making specific changes is by doing S.M.A.R.T. goals, such as for the end of 2015, for example, to have:
- Created X new products.
- Reduced X kg or weighted y kg.
- Saved X pounds.
- Increased X number of customers.
- Decorated all the rooms in the house.
- Learnt the basics of a new language.
The goals must be achievable according to our other commitments. We can think about our current timetable (daily, weekly, monthly) and analyse the habits we have. We can think about 3-5 negative habits to stop and new habits to implement.
On the bed site table we can have our list of yearly goals, weekly timetable (where we identify the commitments we have, the gaps to do purposeful activities and where we can integrate the new habits). We can have a to-do list for the day that we carry with us to remind us to do the things (ie at lunch time) and to check at the end of the day what has not been achieved, why and what to do the next day or the next time.
I like using analogies among different areas of knowledge. When a business goal could be to increase networking a family goal could be to improve relationships. What about our family? How can we improve their lives? What weaknesses do they spot on us that we can use as goals to achieve during 2015? Partners can act like our managers to provide feedback and indicate areas of development. On the other side, we could consider our partners as our long term customers. These days it seems that companies are focusing more on generating new customers rather than on taking care of the long term customers. However, it is stated that to acquire a new customer is 5 times more costly than keeping an existing one. So maybe is time to talk less about customer service and more about "partner service" or "partner care" instead of customer care.
Each of us has a vision of good and evil. We have to encourage people to move towards what they think is good. Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the word a better place.