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It’s that time of year to sit down and do some serious goal-setting for 2011. Some of the goals for 2010 were not accomplished or little was done, so I will make those as ongoing goals. By having ongoing goals and aims I feel I have achieved something, even if it was a small change or improvement. It also helps me understand the changes I needed to make in my life and what’s important to me.

My main focus  is on:

Finances: I desperately need to get my finances in order.  This is strongly linked to my Work (no work no money coming in!). By this I mean I need to get a regularly income which will allow me to save , pay off my debts and not have to worry were my next job is coming from month to month.

Relationships: dating (maybe find someone to spend my time with – after lasting year’s dating experience, this is easier said than done). Spend more time with friends and contact old friends with whom I have been out of touch.

Fitness: I’m fairly fit, but I would like to increase my fitness level. Attempt to learn a new sport or get involved in an activity that I have wanted to do but never found the time.

By getting one aspect of my life in order and meeting some goals, the others will follow or become much easier to do. For example I would like to learn rock climbing, but I can’t afford to go for lessons, once I have a regular income I can save and afford to go for lessons.

I’ve been actively trying to sort out these aspects of my life since last year and some the year before. The difference now is  to come up with some solid and bigger plan that I will stick to. The trick is to clearly define goals that I commit to, so that they are reachable. How do I know that they are reachable? I suppose a way to test is, if somebody else with the same goals has done it, then it can be done.

Only one day left for 2010 and like every other blogger I will write something about my goals and resolutions. How did I do with my goals in 2010? I’m not going to go into goal-bashing, but it was not a good year. I started on most of my goals but didn’t really follow-up throughout the year.  I’m glad 2010 is over. Not because I didn’t accomplish my goals but because  for most of the year  I have had this feeling of stagnation. Things don’t seem to be happening. Those times when things with work are not going well. When I can’t seem to meet any new friends or go out with interesting or compatible people. When I have too much time on my hands and don’t know what to do with it or too little time and don’t know where it’s all going. Life is just not happening. I refused to be  in this unproductive  state in the new year, I need to get out of it.

So 2011 will be out with the old in with the new. 2011 is also the year of the Rabbit (for the Chinese) and it’s supposed to be a good year for rabbits. I hope to make this a better year, whether I make resolutions, set new goals or not, whether I make life changes or not. Obviously, it is easier said than done, so defining how I’ll accomplish these changes and sticking to them is a must. Over time  I will define my goals, as I work on them I will know which of  them are most likely to grow and concentrate my efforts on them.

So out with the old in with the new!

Steve Jobs delivering his commencement speech to the graduates of Stanford University.  This has made the rounds online, but I think it’s really inspirational and worth listening to it again.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will connect somewhere in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. …

… Your time is limited. Don’t waste it living someone elses life. Don’t be trapped by dogma which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other people’s opinion drown out your own inner voice. And most important have the courage to follow you heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. …”

If there were ever a time to dare,
To make a difference
To embark on something worth doing
It is now.
Not for any grand cause, necessarily –
But for something that tugs at your heart
Something that is worth your aspiration
Something that is your dream.
You owe it to yourself
To make your days count.
Have fun. Dig deep. Stretch.

Dream big.

Know, though,
That things worth doing
Seldom come easy,
There will be times when you want to
Turn around
Pack it up and call it quits
Those times tell you
That you are pushing yourself
And that you are not afraid to learn by trying.

Persist.

Because with an idea,
Determination and the right tools,
You can do great things.
Let your instincts, your intellect
And let your heart guide you.

Trust.

Believe in the incredible power
Of the human mind
Of doing something that makes a difference
Of working hard
Of laughing and hoping
Of lasting friends
Of all the things that will cross your path
Next year
The start of something new
Brings the hope of something great.
Anything is possible
There is only one you
And you will pass this way but once.

Do it right.

-Author unknown

Some great reads:

Impossible to Inevitable: Dare to Dream Big

Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.

(I think) – James Dean

This year as part of my concentration on improving my work, I started Project-a-month: I commit to start and create one new project every month.  These projects will be personal projects and can be in any medium. Ideally they should be completed within that month, but I have to accept it might not always be technically possible. This doesn’t mean that at the end of the month if I have not completed the project I will leave it. I will continue working on it as long as it’s a workable idea. Who knows maybe come July I will be working on six projects! I hope not. All these projects will only be fun if I am enjoying working on them and not putting too much pressure on myself to finish them.

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Some call it Life List, Bucket List, or have a list at 43things.com. This is a personal list of things I want to try at some stage in my present life, well before I can’t do them. They are not necessarily in order of importance or a complete list.

Why have a list? To remind me to do things, to dream, to challenge me, to motivate me, to experience life, to do things that hopefully would make our world a better place, to help me focus on a goal and make it happen. Based on that and inspiration from the post by Chris Gillebeau of The Art of Non-Conformity, here is my list: Read the rest of this entry »

It’s that time of year… time to reflect on 2009, to look at what I’ve done, where I am and where I’d like to be heading, what my goals for 2010 will be.

My goals for 2009 and what I achieved:

  1. To maintain a steady income for the year. The year started well but half way things changed. 2009 was a bad financial year for most of us so it wasn’t a big surprise. On the positive side it made me look and start various side projects that could generate some income. I have also achieved a lifestyle of frugality.
  2. I wanted to become fitter and to run a 5k/10k event. I didn’t enter an event. I registered for a 10k in October but various circumstances didn’t allow me to take part and I wasn’t as fit as I hoped I would be. But I kept up with my running and I have become considerably fitter and feel better, so I’m pleased with that.
  3. Meet more people, socialize more, maybe start dating. I achieved this. I have made new friends, have been out on dates (some good, others a waste of time), have reconnected with some old friends, colleagues. I have even branched out into some social media sites, which is something I never took seriously.

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The point of this project is make a positive change in my life. To feel good, feel happier and do less of what makes me feel worse! I did this in a way that I enjoyed, was interesting and had fun in the process.

For each month I have focused on an activity that would make me feel better or happier. Most activities were based on a ‘life area’:

  • January – Exercise (Physical)
  • February – Get organised, clear debt (Professional/Intellectual)
  • March – Help others (Social, Spiritual)
  • April – Think positive, find new work (Psychological/Spiritual/Professional)
  • May – Travel (Recreational, Social)
  • June – Gardening (Recreational)
  • July – Go outside (Recreational, Social, Spiritual)
  • August – Sharpen my professional skills (Professional/Intellectual)
  • September – Meditate (Spiritual)
  • October – Finish projects, follow my interests
  • November – Develop relationships (Social)
  • December – Simplify my life

By focusing on one activity it did not mean that other activities were forgotten, they were ongoing and part of my daily/weekly life. There were months where I didn’t acheive anything but I tried. I believe anything positive we do eventually turns out to be valuable. But what I have noticed is that by getting one aspect of your life in order, others seem to follow. Mine started with fitness and health.

Coming to the end of an other year I can now see what worked (or not), how I feel about it and if I should continue with it or try something different.

To help me achieve a balanced life I wanted to create a personal growth map – this recognises the seven life areas (in my version five: social, professional/intellectual, psychological/spiritual,  physical, recreational) that make up our lives.

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A lot of what I am doing in this project is an ongoing process. Turning my life around, feeling good and being happier cannot be done in a year and needs patience and willingness to stick to it. This is my second year, that is an achievement, as I get disappointed and give up fairly quickly.

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