I prefer to have “SMART” Goals for my resolutions, because when I do the really airy non-specific things, I feel sort of lost, and I don’t know whether I’ve accomplished anything real at the end of the year.
I also don’t want to weigh myself down. When I wrapped up 2011, I noticed that many of the long list of goals that I held were actually working at cross-purposes with one another. There was little flexibility in that list. I learned from hiking that it’s easier to plan ahead and pack light to begin with than it is to offload weight. I liked last year’s base-weight.
This year I’m going to use Danielle LaPorte’s system from her Firestarter sessions. Start my plan with how I want to feel. I’m not going to recreate her “Strategy of Desire” session for you. I’m just going to tell you that the way I want to feel ALL YEAR in 2013 is: Invigorated, Generative, and Connected.
- Boundless physical energy, a strong, healthy, active body
- Alertness and awareness – aliveness
- Creative ideas spilling out and bubbling over
- Finishing creative projects – shipping them
- Connectedness between Brett and I , between friends and family
- Connectedness in the cosmic sense – compassion, oneness, energy, Namasté
Five to ten accomplishments or experiences that will make me feel Invigorated, Generative, and Connected in 2013:
- Go on a Greek honeymoon with Brett!
- Finishing Maaneshin script and submitting
- Working on the collaborative script project underway
- Get to my target weight the healthy way (sleep, diet, fitness)
- Morning workouts for daily vigor
- Name change (exit identity limbo)
- Come up with a speaking topic for a conference and pitch it
- Publishing contract for Salvaged
- Robust Author Platform to support that
- Agent queries, etc (if necessary)
- Get first draft of Quarantined done
- Get Crashed printed in a magazine
I like framing it this way, because I can ask “Do I feel invigorated, generative, or connected?” when I’m assessing new projects or priorities as things shift in the months to come (as they invariably do).