January 8, 2013 in Uncategorized
So we are 8 days into the new year and 2013 promises to be everything that 2012 wasn’t.
Wherever you find yourself currently working, if you are one of the lucky few that do have employment, you will find this time of the year a bit disorganised, a bit rushed and a bit chaotic. After the new year go slow mentality, it is all balls to the wall attitude to get the new year off to a great start.
I am currently in a relationship that promises to be the real deal. I am grateful that after a bit of a disappointing 2012 work wise, she was the one thing that was a bright light in an otherwise dark tunnel. Although this year we are both eager to make 2013 the year that we want it to be, it is not going to happen all by itself.
So many times have I seen people heading into a new year without a proper goal or goals that they want to achieve. It is only natural that we take stock of the year that was and reassess what we wanted to achieve, why we achieved those goals or not. What did we do and what didn’t we do to make it possible to reach these goals? I am not talking about a silly new years resolution that you made when you were staggering drunk at a braai and telling everyone with a lot of bravado that you are going to get into the gym this year. 8 days later, your boep is still sticking out your shirt and you get out of breath when you open your Kit-Kat. The closest you came to the gym was when you saw one on a poster.
I am talking about proper goals. The ones that you have written down and posted somewhere and have devised a plan with clear achievable steps that you need to reach in order for you to achieve those goals. They say people who do not set goals are working for people who do. Now if that doesn’t spur you into action then nothing will. You will remain a drone, unless you get really lucky. I am not talking about you being picked up at a bar by a gorgeous blond and given the time of your life, even though you are resembling a Yeti being lost in the woods more than Ryan Seacrest after his daily spa visit. I am talking really lucky by winning the Lotto.
Without proper goal setting you will be a ship without skipper, drifting, not going somewhere. You will go to work without a sense of purpose and more than likely be the aunty in the corner moaning about everything from her dogs humping her leg to the 3 reports she have to work through before lunch in order for her to get paid. Sad. No-one wants to be that person.
This year I set goals with my girlfriend and I am driven more than ever to achieve these goals set out. All our goals are centred around work, spending more quality time with family and health. We know that if we achieve our work goals we will have more time with family and being active, we will have a much better quality of life. Our goals are simple, achievable and have a time frame to it. Its up for us to see and this reminds us every day why we do what we do, giving us purpose. You feel alive coming to work and bring in a new found energy to your life.
So before you start running into the new year like an ANC politician, clueless, take a step back and ask yourself what it is that you really want to achieve this year. How am I going to get there and by when would I like to achieve these goals? Have a plan and start living. Be successful.