Shoot for the moon

Posted on December 20, 2013

smart goal setting conceptEvery year, I write a post about resolutions… the glorious opportunity to take a blank sheet of paper and design the year to come, just as you wish. It’s exciting and makes anything seem possible. Because it is!

I know I’ve spent a good few hours over the last few weeks, plotting and planning my next chapter, thinking about all I want to tick off in 2014, around love and life, work and learning, travel and adventure. And I wonder, is everyone else doing same?

It’s the 20th of December today and we have eleven sweet days to wrap up the old and unveil the new. I know lots of people turn their backs on resolutions… ‘they all fall by the wayside by the end of January, so why bother,’ is sadly a commonly held belief, but that’s only because too often people forget that stating the intention isn’t enough. There needs to be an action plan to get there! Reaching goals don’t happen by magic… they happen with hard work, dedication and often compromise and sacrifice.

So the way I see it, you can see the new year in, in two ways:

1. Make some half-hearted declarations on the 31st December but keep them to yourself as telling the world will make you accountable. Then, as the 1st January comes and goes, change nothing, and then a week or so later, give up.


2. Give yourself some time over the holidays to really think about what you want and where you’re going. What skills would you love to master, what job or promotion have you got your eye on, which mountain do you dream of summiting or which ocean do you dream of crossing… just get it all down. Then work out which are genuinely achievable and work on an action plan. Remember to follow the good old SMART rules…

Just doing this exercise alone feels exciting and full of promise. Tell your family and friends, lovers and others… this makes your wishes seem real and tangible rather than just a pipe dream.

Seek out inspiration in books, podcasts, TED talks… whatever floats your boat. Think big and be guided by your hopes rather than your fears.

And when the 31st rolls around, you’ll be ready to rock…

I’ll leave you with one final quote, one of my favourites, which I first saw on a wall in my English classroom at boarding school, back in 1989! It’s remained etched ever since:

 ‘Reach for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.’



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