Is this your year to achieve some major goals?

Then you better plan on changing some things about your life. Why? Because insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

If you are not happy with the way your life, your business, or your health is going, you need to achieve different results, and that means you need to do different things than you did last year.

We live in a constantly changing world and we find that our own goals change over time. One seeks a senior management position and then finds after it is achieved that it is not nearly as much fun as being a low-level project leader who gets to be directly involved in getting things done.

Or we achieve a position of importance and find that the demands on our time are such that there is no time for contemplation and solitary reading.

In today’s world we can be declared surplus with very little notice, so it behooves us to seek out those opportunities which will equip us for long term self-employment. Think of it this way, if you do not own the business you work for, you are at the mercy of those who are trying to keep it running.

What this means in the long run is that your achievement of career satisfaction will probably depend on how well you can control your working conditions. Being self-employed or self-determined about your employment is a big step in that direction.

For example, I had a very good year in 2006, but I want to achieve significantly different results in 2007. Does that mean I just have to work harder? Probably not. I need to look at what activities produce satisfactory economic and creative rewards and select those which provide a level that I need now.

I am responsible for every choice that has brought me to this point in time and I have no complaints about the route I have taken. I have chosen to do certain things and forego others and have followed the principle of promising only those things I know I can do and then doing everything possible to get them done. It has been a constant learning experience.

Even so, it has taken me some months to understand what it is that I am looking for these days in terms of job satisfaction. Basically, it has to do with starting or fixing things, because that is what I enjoy most. As soon as things settle into a routine, I find it hard to stay interested.

Fortunately, there is always a demand for people to start or fix things like marketing campaigns, business startups, product roll-outs, and so forth so I don’t expect to run out of things to do for a long time. I can always start something on my own if things ever slow down.

In summary, if things aren’t going as you wish, figure out what change you haven’t been willing to make and see what happens when you confront and handle it. You may be pleasantly surprised at the results.

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0 Responses to Is this your year to achieve some major goals?

  1. Marti says:

    While I agree that we need to look over our goals and activities, to determine what is working and what isn’t, I always bristle a bit at the line, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.

    Isn’t this precisely what we tell our children to do, when we tell them to practice? To become more musically proficient, we expect them to repeat the same composition on the same instrument. Athletes repeat the same exercises, hoping to build their endurance.

    But that’s just my opinion. I love reading your thoughts, and don’t mean to be disagreeable – LOL!

  2. Marti,

    I think you have answered your own question.

    We want children to practice so they can produce consistent and expected results, time after time. Athletes practice for the same reason.

    Insanity would be playing the wrong notes time after time in the hopes that the music would somehow “fix” itself.

    When we practice an instrument or write an essay, we keep correcting errors as we spot them until we can do the activity without error. That is not doing the same thing time after time.

    One of the interesting measures of insanity vs sanity is to see whether a person can differentiate between similar things and identical things.

    The person who cannot differentiate between you and someone from the past who resembles you is going to act very strangely. That person is not dealing with you, he or she is dealing with an unpleasant memory from the past and you will have a difficult time getting them to talk sensibly to you.

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