December 31st, 2:45am. I just took my coat off, bought some drinks and celebrated life with good friends. I heard Chevy Ridin High come on, and went ape shit. That used to be my track back in the day! Suddenly, without warning or inclination, it hit me that in less than 24 hours, we would hit another year! It startled me, because I felt that for all the confidence I exude, for some reason I wasn’t ready for this New Year! Don’t ask me why, but I zoned out for a minute.
Did I have any goals for 2012? Did I make good on my 2011 goals? Was this going to be “my year?” That’s when I had to stop and think to myself “What would WIM do?” After I realized it would be THIS, I knew that I was officially buggin, and needed to calm down a bit. Proclaiming that a year will be yours is setting yourself up for failure, and better, more focused action needs to be taken to make those fantasies a reality.Does it piss you off too when people proclaim 20___ to be their year? Like word? Do you have a 7 page action plan with a timeline and milestones to accomplish this goal? if you don’t I no longer respect these declarations of premature victory.
You see, many times we put way too much energy in our dreams instead of the means by which we attain our dreams. I’m not hating on a positive outlook for the upcoming year, but I think I would be way more impressed in a course of action. I have been guilty of this in my younger years, because I wanted to speak it into existence and i truly felt like it was the case. Looking back, I didn’t even do the basics to make sure the new year would be a win for me. Hell,I didn’t ever really know WHATI wanted to accomplish really. Goals like “mad mad money and slay tons of women” are too broad and guess what: a lot of people have those same goals! What’s going to separate you form the competition? One thing that helps is goal writing and goal monitoring.
I don’t write resolutions, I write goals with key points and more clearly: DEADLINES! if I say “I want to pay off my credit card bill in 2012”, that’s too broad. You can fall into a habit of procrastination, and put things off until later. Soon you will wake up and it will be December 2012, and you will have nothign to show for your nicely written goals. So modify that to say “I will pay off my credit card bill by June 2012”. You know you have 6 months, and most of us perform better under pressure, so once you’re on the clock, it’s time to work!
The second part to goal setting is to monitor these goals throughout the year. So what if you set a deadline?! How will you know your status unless you monitor it daily/weekly/monthly. I hate status meetings at work. They get tedious and boring and annoying, but they help like you wouldn’t believe. Status documents tell you exactly where you are and what you need to complete your tasks. I would be lost as work, at writing, and at life, if i didn’t monitor these goals constantly to see if any tweaks or changes are necessary to stay on track and reach my goal. Quantitative data is a godsend, and numbers don’t lie. Perform the proper analysis of your goals in order to actually achieve them!
I’ve been patient in my life. Goals have been attained at a pace. The classic Tortoise vs. Hare debate. I look at life like a game of chess *Lauryn Hill Voice*. All the pieces are now in place, and I have to implement my strategy to checkmate. 2012 is the time for that, not because it’s “my year”, but because there’s no time like the present!
Sure, I’ve failed at goals. I had certain fitness goals that I hit but didn’t maintain. Some goals didn’t come to fruition. Most I did accomplish. My data shows me where I went wrong, and now I have a new set of lists of goals. This has helped me in all facets of life and I think this is better than a “resolution”. For the people that want 2012 to be their year, I say you can have it. While you think about winter, I’ll think about the summer, and I’ll have the data to prove my dream is real.
Prospero Año y Felicidad!
Special Note: Today marks the 1,000th post on SBM! Make it a good one and help us get off (pause) to a strong start in 2012!