Happy New Year! I hope you are leaping into 2008 with eager expectation. For the new year I’d like to carve out three 45 minute slots per week for swimming and possibly swim the 5 Kilometer race across lake Balaton in the summer. Never thought I would enjoy swimming for exercise, but it has really grown on me while living in the water polo capital of the world.
I’m also adding a couple new components to my journaling this year. Journaling has been so helpful for me over the years with the inward, outward, and upward journey. I’m also really glad moleskin notebooks are back in business!!
Thirdly, I’d like to create more integration between this blog and our present communities, our work with Nexus, and our spiritual and family journey here in Budapest. I’ve mapped out a plan for this, and I’m going to give it a try for a month and see if the plan needs adjusting.
Fourthly, we of course still have some concrete goals for working hard on the Hungarian language.
I’ve heard that 46% of us are still keeping our resolutions after six months. That sounds conservative to me. So here is a helpful acronym for goal planning from the project management world- S.M.A.R.T.:
- Specific – goals should be specific and clear as opposed to general.
- Measurable – goals need to be capable of being measured in some fashion.
- Adjustable – there needs to be a way to adjust your goals according to your rate of progress…if it is faster or slower than originally anticipated.
- Realistic – goals can be set beyond you present ability but are attainable over the present length of time. Research says that difficult goals usually lead to improved performance as long as those goals do not exceed your ability to attain them.
- Time-based – there should be a clear time-frame (short-term, intermediate-term, long-term.) There should be clear target dates set from the beginning.
And you know, thinking of goals in positive terms instead of negative terms is always more effective. And process goals are usually better than outcome goals (improving effort or performance vs. winning a competition). And finally, most goals deserve a good strategy.
With our minds we plan our ways,
But God directs our steps.