Blogger: Rachel Kent
Location: Books & Such main office, Santa Rosa, Calif.
I don’t know about you, but each year I set goals for myself. This isn’t usually how I operate personally, but at the agency we like to have something in writing to push us each year.
When the year comes to a close, I’m always surprised with how my year turned out so differently from what I expected. This year has been no exception. I have goals that I set that I have not fulfilled and others that I have, and the year has had its crazy ups and downs like any other.
This week I’d like to share with you some of the goals I set and let you know how I did with them. We’ll hopefully all take away something from the week to help us launch into our 2012 goals. (I realize the year isn’t completely over yet, but this is my last week to write a “normal” blog before the holidays.)
Today I’d like to share a goal that I set that was unrealistic for me, and then I’ll share one that was realistic tomorrow.
Here’s the unrealistic goal. I’ve taken it word-for-word off of my goal list:
“Get caffeine addiction down to tea only. Espresso or coffee only on special occasions.”
Ha! I have no idea what I was even thinking when I wrote this. Unless every day is a special occasion, I have completely failed at achieving this goal. I believe I set myself up for failure when I created this goal. I love tea, but honestly it’s going to take more than just a goal to force me off of coffee. Only pregnancy or an act of God could do the trick. I know this is a silly example of an unrealistic goal, but I do believe it shows how we can set ourselves up for failure.
Thankfully I’m only suffering with a caffeine addiction and not an addiction to something worse. That would completely change the game, and I would need to get help to achieve my goal because failure wouldn’t be an option.
Perhaps this is something I might like some day–probably not–but it’s an example of an unobtainable, unrealistic goal for 2011. There’s no way I could finance a large house like that right now, and I don’t know much about goats. I could make this into a more reasonable goal by taking it apart, however. I could start with setting a goal to learn about goats and buy a male and two females to hopefully make a profit from my new goat business in the first year. That small goal might lead to a booming goat business that would eventually allow for the mansion with the, at that point, necessary property, but getting ahead of myself won’t help. I’ll just get depressed for failing at my goal rather than be encouraged by the small successes.
I hate failing at things, which I think is why I don’t like setting goals in the first place, and if you are like me, it’s important to set obtainable goals. Push yourself, but make your goal something you can actually get motivated to accomplish. Reaching for the stars is commendable, but if you already know you can’t touch them, then you’re not going to be very motivated to try.
I can tell you right now that the caffeine-reform goal is not going to be achieved by December 31. FAIL!
I look forward to sharing one of my realistic goals with you tomorrow.
Do you set goals each year? Did you set any unrealistic goals for 2011? Share if you feel comfortable!
And something else to think about: How are goals different from dreams?