3 Words Aren’t Goals
The three words idea is built so that you can have something to reflect upon. As you know, goals should be SMART ( Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely). The way you use the two together is that you think up goals that will match up to your words.
Instead of writing a post about my 2011 goals (they’re pretty much the same as last years), I thought I would copy what Chris Brogan has done and choose three words that encapsulate all that I would like to accomplish this year.
First, let me just say, I’m really glad 2010 is over. It wasn’t exactly terrible, but it wasn’t exactly great, either. Between Kevin’s motorcycle accident and my intestinal issues it was rough, health wise. Thank God the boys stayed healthy.
But I’m done looking backward, let’s focus on this upcoming year …
This is something I promise myself I’m going to do every year and every year I fail. I’m simply not that great at focusing unless I am under a deadline or have 1001 things going at the same time. Then? My focus is LETHAL. Simply because by that time, I don’t have a choice, I HAVE to focus or risk dropping several important balls.
This year is no exception. Except it’s different.
Kevin started his own accounting business. He has leased office space and has been very busy these past weeks (while I’ve been in the hospital and absolutely no help whatsoever) getting set up. (Don’t worry, that blog post is coming, I promise!) He’s been talking about starting his own business for a very long time and we’re at a point in our lives where it’s actually feasible.
His office space has two offices – he’s converting one of those offices for me. I can run my web design business from there and I have to admit, it will be NICE to actually have an office to go and work from, not to mention a lot more professional whenever I have any meetings to set up as opposed to suggesting we meet at Panera Bread or the library.
I’m terrified. Mainly because I don’t know if I’m capable of drumming up any new business, (I’m not exactly the go-getter type when it comes to mingling in the business world), though I do have some ideas I might try this year just to see what might happen. In addition, I’m not sure my job really constitutes a full-time job – I have everything whittled down to a process and it really never takes me very long to actually DO my job – I would consider it more of a part-time job.
Which means I plan on finding a job very soon. I’d like to work part-time, but am definitely not opposed to a full-time position. I can EASILY handle my web design business AND working full-time, trust me. I know that sounds like a lot to handle, but I honestly can and let’s not forget that I FOCUS much better when I’m crazy busy so I’m honestly not worried about biting off more than I can chew.
I will also be busy helping Kevin get his business off the ground (creating his website, ordering his business cards, helping him around the office, etc) as well as making sure Dude graduates from high school this year and starts his new life afterward doing … whatever he decides to do AND teaching Jazz how to drive this year, too. It’s going to be a very busy year for us and I really need all the focus I can get at this point.
In addition to “creating” websites for my business that now needs to grow because I have an office I have to pay rent on (no pressure!), I will also be “creating” opportunities for Kevin, myself and hopefully the boys. I will also be busy creating graphics and various other projects that I’ve been wanting to conquer for a few years now (like CSS!) as well.
I also plan on creating many stories throughout the year as well.
All of this talk is great, but nothing will get done if I don’t ACT on it, so action is pretty critical to obtaining my goals for this year.
I’m looking forward to the challenges this year will no doubt hold.