Happy new year!

I saw this on Facebook and my first reaction was a laugh. You know how they say the definition of a new-year’s-resolution is a to-do list for January….

I then read the list and it struck me. If you don’t work on your “resolutions” they tend to get worse. Which got me thinking about why they are called New Year resolutions. My own reasoning is that it is easy to start measuring your progress on the first day of a calendar year. It’s been x days, really easy to see on our electronic calendars.

That of course made me think some more, until I had to write. Happy 2018 everyone!

Here we are at the beginning
Of a new year
Celebrations are still on going,
People are all (still) of good cheer

So we have a blank slate,
A new notebook, a fresh start
Hopefully we can let go of the things
That have been weighing down our heart

Take a blank calendar and fill in the things
That matter to you and brings a smile
Life is too short
Don’t waste it on doing that is isn’t worthwhile

Think back to the past, what could you have changed?
What would the result have been?
If it’s something you can still do,
Maybe you owe it – to you

Before we know it, we’ll be back to the old normal
I for one have had enough of that
I want a change, I want to enjoy what I have worked for
At the end of this year, I want to say I achieved

It’s a bit of a cliche but still so true
If you don’t know where you are going
How do you know when you are there?
How do you know what you have is what you want?

Life must surely be worth more than we can see
A few actors on the television of life
Can not dictate what I can do and be
This year less interference, definitely less strife

This is my year of implementation
When I take what I have learnt and read
And only let positive thoughts
Live in my head

It’s not going to be easy, but of this I am sure
By knowing what I want
I know what has to be done, what I will have to endure
No matter the challenge, risk or reward

Measure your success

“People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.”

Earl Nightingale     1921 – 1989, American Radio Announcer, Author, Speaker, Co-founder of Nightingale-Conant Corp

Good morning – and happy New Year!

Some people asked me why Good Start ground to a halt last year and I honestly told them that I needed to concentrate on my day job.  Which I did.  But when the end of the year came and we closed for the December holidays – I asked myself:  Did not writing Good Start help me in any way?  Again, an honest answer – I don’t know for sure, but it didn’t feel like it.

 You might wonder how could I not know?  Well, what was my objective, what was the goal, the point of not writing?  How was not writing going to help?  If the answer to those question was starting work the minute I walked into the office and not stopping until I left (and then sometimes working at home too), then the answer is yes.  Was that what the intention was?  NO!  So then what was the goal?  I don’t know, because I didn’t set one. 

To be practical here, this is some of the things I could have said, that would have fitted the SMART* principle.

  • Less than 10 tax returns still to submit
  • Less than 5 financial statements to be done
  • Filing trays (even 1 of the 4 would have worked) empty
  • Emails filed

Not only have I not done any of the above examples, I lost the momentum of Good Start, let myself down by not following through on the commitment I made to myself, the people who regularly read Good Start missed it too.  No use crying over yesterday, on with now.

So – here we are at the beginning of a new year.  Ok, 8 days have gone, and I wonder how many “resolutions” have already been broken?  Do you have goals for this coming year?  I am going to make a list of things I would like to achieve – during this year, and then I am going to put the “by date” next to it and arrange it by the date.  Then every Friday I am going to look at it, and evaluate whether I am on the right track.  To remember to look at it, I am setting a recurring reminder in Outlook. 

That brings me to the picture today.  Imagine you are at the bottom of the picture and you want to get to the top.  You can either start at A or B – both will get you to C.  Which way would you rather go?  By going the A route, you can look around at each step, gather your thoughts and your breath and even look down to see how far you can come.  Think of A as being Attainable. 

The B route will get you there too – but Boy! it would be much more difficult.

Until next time, whatever your goals are, may you get off to a Good Start.