Do Your 2012 Goals Excite You?
Ok, it’s that time of the year. You know the drill. 2011 is done and 2012 is starting. So you reflect on 2011, if you hit your goals, what you did right, what you did wrong. Yada, yada yada.
And all this is good but if your goals don’t excite you, then it is b-o-r-i-n-g and the work becomes mundane.
My son got an air soft BB gun for Christmas. He’s wanted one for two years and has been looking at them with the same passion that Ralphie did in the famous movie “A Christmas Story”. And just like Ralphie he didn’t think he would get one. (“you’ll shoot your eye out”)
And then on Christmas morning he just about exploded with joy when he found one wrapped under the tree.
Immediately he was outside popping rounds off. He made a cutout figure of a “mean guy” out of a piece of cardboard and set that up as a target. He put several holes in the mean guy. Turns out he’s a pretty good shot!
He was so fired up for a couple of days and then he started getting bored of it. Every day shooting at the same thing gets boring. If all he did was shoot at the same target then the gun would be collecting dust in a week.
We did something exciting yesterday. We went for a hike in a canyon with his pellet gun packed in the backpack. He couldn’t believe that we were bringing it. I said we were off on an adventure. My kids LOVE adventures.
Once on the trail and away from civilization we took it out…. a boy, his gun and wilderness.
He was a little awestruck at first that he could fire it (and yes, I’ve trained him that it’s safety first). After a few awkward moments he fired his first round. Then we put up leaves on a fencepost and fired rounds into that. The leaf had so many holes in it that it looked like one of those snowflakes cut out of paper. He was so excited he could hardly contain himself. And this morning, he was out shooting at his homemade targets with a new vigor and enthusiasm.
I think it’s like that with our goals.
If we don’t have anything meaningful or worthwhile to us, then the work becomes mundane and we lack passion.
So when it comes to your 2012 goals, what goal or major objective excites you?
Are there new markets you want to break into?
Is there a new business you want to start?
Would you like to have automated systems delivering you a consistent flowing river of new business?
What is it for you?