January 9, 2017
“A dream is your creative vision of your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.”
– Denis Waitley
In the Breakaway 2016 – A Year In Review, a tally was conducted of which goals were met success, and which met failures.
Now it is time to set goals for 2017, which will be both for the blog and some personal ones as well.
Each goal – written in bold – follows with commentary below.
Goal #1: Paint 25 paintings.
Last year, the goal was 50, and 30 wasn’t even achieved. Although really wanted to attempt the same goal again, it’s more prudent/pragmatic to take a more conservative goal in this instance. The other reason for not making this goal too large is that the canvases which will be used this year are 2-3 times larger than last years. That’ll simply mean more time put towards painting, regardless of total goal.
Goal #2: Write and share 50 poems of any type.
This was the goal for last year, but unlike painting, which takes considerable time, this goal will be achieved this year because we will not sacrifice too much personal time for the blog. Failure is not an option.
Goal #3: Write 70 new book reviews for the blog.
Last year’s goal was 50, and it was pretty much crushed by 50%. This year, although there shouldn’t be any personal setbacks or anything, the goal will be 70. It’ll still be considerable work, but it’s increased enough to be a challenge, while not overly so that it feels like a finish line that never ends. Really want to make it higher, but let’s not get overly ambitions.
Goal #4: Ask more questions of individuals, and listen more.
Seems simple, and yet, it’s a goal that will net more benefits. It’s not like me to be overly talkative, but, in order to increase mindfulness, being more mentally engaged on the listening side of a conversation will bring to fruition considerably greater aspects of myself.
Goal #5: Be even more inquisitive than in the past.
This goal is the same as last year, and it was met. However, its important to me to continue to foster my intellectual curiosity in order to grow as an individual and be able to help others. What’s not to like about that goal?
Goal #6: Take more deep breaths.
What!? Yeah, that’s a few friends told me. But really, the reason for this is, again, it helps develop mindfulness, and keep my mind intensely focused, which helps in every other part of life. Plus, it will remind me to meditate more often.
Goal #7: Meet new people from all walks of life, figure out what makes them tick, and why they are the way they are.
Meeting people is a great goal, and it used to be really hard for me due to being shy, but with time its become slightly easier. That said, meeting people is one thing, but figuring out what makes them tick deep down in their core is something significantly different, and something that almost never happens due to so many superficial relationships. That, and it takes time to really get to know people and their drives/passions. Regardless, if am able to engage with 15-20 folks in this manner by the end of the year, am going to be more than happy with this one.
Goal #8: Read 100 books, or 20,000 pages from books – which ever goal comes first between those two.
This goal was succeeded last year thankfully. About 3/4ths of the book read were non-fiction research books of many types, with the rest being fiction of mostly dystopian or horror type. Would love to up this goal, but this goal requires enormous consistency and everything to go right. At least having a goodreads account helps track which books – and how many – were read.
Goal #9: Workout at least 5 hours a week – over 250 hours in the year.
Although the amount of time [hours logged] working out last year was within goal range, not enough ‘days’ were spent doing that. The days worked out by myself would venture into 1 to 2 hours many times, but would only go about 3-4 times a week, rather than 5 consistently. That said, from this year on we’re just going to add hours worked out by each week’s end. If the total hours worked out by the end of the year goes over 250 hours, this will be great. And my goal is to do it either by doing yoga, cardio, lifting weights, etc.
Goal #10: Take a lot more time ruminating before carrying out all decisions in life.
This is definitely the most complex, since it requires constant mindfulness and focus to have a highly more deliberate and incisive thought process. Without a doubt, this goal will probably net arguably the greatest benefits, although it might be the toughest to achieve/implement.
More goals might be added, but for now that seems to run the gamut across most if not all of the core goals that will be striven for in this blog.
What are your goals for this year? Have put them into action? Are you already on your way? Let me know.
Throughout the year, regardless of what takes place within the rollercoaster that is life, please keep in mind this gem that Picasso once intimated:
“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.”