I love to build action plans. I have my Commission Junction work objectives and my Angus personal/home to-do list always within in reach. Setting clear, measurable objectives truly excites me. And there is no better time of year than late Decemberâ€¦ It is time for me to define my 2008 New Yearâ€™s Resolutions!
However, this year is going to be different. I want to break out of my normal mold. No, I do not have a problem with achieving the resolutions I set. No, the fundamental structure of my resolutions is not going to stray away from the classic SMART formula (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-based). No, I am not going to dramatically mess with the critical thinking framework that was imprinted into my brain while getting my MBA at Babson. What will change isâ€¦
I AM GOING BIG IN 2008
I have been reading a lot of great discourse on goals, dreams, and taking a leap into the unknown. I have been visualizing some lofty dreams. They are keeping me up at night. Today, I read Christine OKelleyâ€™s How to Achieve Ridiculous Goals. That article pushed me over the edge. I have to go big.
My recent goals have pushed me. They were not easy to achieve and they made me stretch into doing things I have never done before. For example, my 2006 and 2007 running goals have been incredible at transforming my daily life (and my health). However, I knew that I could meet my goal with conventional methods and perseverance from the outset.
In 2008, my resolution or resolutions will be out of bounds, even ridiculous. My objectives will be incredibly meaningful, yet I do not know how to get there today. Stay tuned. My 2008 New Yearâ€™s resolutions post is coming soon.