My Progression to Creating Specific Personal Goals
You can read my review of Seth Godin’s book, Lynchpin and see that I started thinking about shipping some of my ideas more heavily in 2011 in order to start becoming a lynchpin as Seth describes someone who is an artist and not just an employee at whatever work they do. Seth specifically helped me think through the importance of sharing ideas by way of creating products and services.
I then stumbled across Jon Acuff’s FinishYear goal idea wanting to have accountability and encouragement to complete personal goals. I don’t know if this was Jon’s idea or if I decided 5 was enough to focus on and that more might cause me to get to distracted. I’ve set post-college personal goals before and failed miserably so this wasn’t the first time I’d tried this and that seemed like a good idea. I also wanted to spread them fairly evenly throughout different categories (i.e. spiritual/career/social/personal/physical/financial).
The accountability and in a sense ‘making it public’ I thought might help since I was already working to complete my full guitar curriculum and I wanted to be sure I finished it in 2012. If at some point I finished the goals I would add new ones to the list. Here are the original ones and the results of each.
2012 Goals & Results
- Finish my guitar curriculum
- Read bible from front to back
- Complete guitar website and become a web designer
- Take one trip with no work.
- Read 8 (non-fiction) books this year.
Success. I have 3 of them for beginner, intermediate, and advanced that is intended for 8 week courses. I’ve created a video dvd of the classes, audio cd’s for the chord drills and printed workbooks for each. They have worked excellently in my classes.
Success. I started this early in 2011 and wasn’t in a rush based on my previous experience starting the one year program and not getting past the books of the law. So, I was already in the 2nd half of the Old Testament and thought this would be reasonable for my pace. It was!
Success. This is basically a success. I completed the guitar website but web designer is not a black and white thing I found as I continued learning. There is an aspect of design and functionality. Then there are learning programs in order to accomplish both. So, I consider this a success because I got a job in web marketing this year of which I do some front-end design and work with developers to make sites user-friendly. I also manage various projects that are technical in nature. I’m finding this is a great spot for me. My main desire after the fact with this goal was to get better at web design and possibly find work in it. Of which I was able to do both. When I start talking about my successes I cannot help but take a moment to recognize God as being providential.
Success. For those of you that know me, this of course turned out to be my honeymoon. And I had another one that was an unexpected nice break. In the past my vacations usually revolved around Cliftones playing music and as much as I enjoyed that I was ready for a real vacation with no responsibilities. That’s why it made it’s way on to this list in the first place – to remind me to relax. Fortunately, I don’t think I’ll have as much an issue with that now that I’m married. 🙂
Success. You can read my full list and my favorites here: 2012 Non-Fiction Reads.
I’ll be posting about my 2013 Goals List next time, please consider being an accountability partner next year and I’ll post a link to your goals at the end of my 2013 goals blog.
Did you visualize any goals this year and how did you do? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.