Apologies for not keeping to my regular schedule of blogging (once a week was the plan), however life has intervened. It’s amazing how awesome and how terrible life can be at EXACTLY THE SAME TIME. Anyhoo…
I’ve been trying to plan out my year lately and it’s been rough because I’ve been having trouble coming up with the necessary clarity on my life. This morning, however, I took a big step forward by thinking about where I want to be 3-5 years from now. Knowing that is helping bring my year, my month, my week, my day and my present moment more into focus. There’s still other work to be done, such as picking my primary area of focus (I have 13 areas of focus–academic, family, home, etc), figuring out my objectives for each area of focus and working out what projects I want/need to get there. However, knowing that I want to be sustaining myself as a writer and filmmaker in 3-5 years gives me great clarity (and motivation) towards what I will be focussing on this year. Looks like my primary focus is going to Career & Contribution, the secondary goal with likely be Financial (I want to have a certain amount of money by the end of this year). I will continue to think on this.
I would recommend everyone to sit down and try to plan out their year. The reason why you plan your year is not so that you can constrict yourself, but to help you gain greater clarity about your goals. If your goals don’t inspire you to action (I know helping people become better thinkers and become just a little closer to their dreams inspires me), then you need to pick other goals. And you can plan fun stuff. For example, I want to go bungee jumping this summer, and skydiving if possible. And other fun stuff.
One more tip: just blue sky this thing. That is, go crazy about what you wnat to do in one year. It’s better to be over-ambitious in your goal setting than under-ambitious. Have faith that if you want something badly enough, you can get it. Also have faith you have (or can develop) the inner strength necessary to accomplish your goals.
Have fun, and good luck!