This is the eve of 2014, and I am writing a list of goals I want to achieve in the next 12 months.
My overarching goal for 2014 is easy to comprehend, yet difficult for me to accomplish: slow down.
Why do I want to slow down?
Well, consider that an asset of mine is acting quickly on new ideas. As solopreneurs, we possess agility: the power to “turn on a dime” and pursue new opportunities. We don’t require countless meetings and approvals in order to accomplish something.
But a close cousin of agility is haphazardness: darting from one thing to another without fully considering the ramifications/opportunity costs/ROI.
Thus, my asset (acting quickly on new ideas) can easily turn into a liability.
To put my mind into a place where it can slow down, I will be intentional about things that help me: Qigong and yoga, being grateful, listening, and establishing a spiritual practice. They will be my foundation for 2014.
With that introduction, here are my goals for 2014. I hope it sparks ideas for you. Some of my goals are big and encompass many steps and details; some are small and specific; all are important to me.
• Practice Qigong or yoga daily (Qigong is sometimes called “Chinese Yoga,” and Yoga is sometimes called “Indian Qigong”)
• Explore a martial art
• Get down to 33-inch (waist) Levi’s; I’m currently at 38
• Eat breakfast
• Bring a glass of water to my desk at the start of each day (drink it and refill!)
• Read at least six books, with at least one book being outside of what I typically read
• Roam the stacks at the library (at least quarterly)
• Establish a spiritual practice
• Write about one thing I’m grateful for (weekly)
• Re-read “The Artist’s Way,” by Julia Cameron
• Revisit my mission statement and read it each day
• Keep the bird feeders filled
• Have lunch with Christine at least 1x per month
• Go somewhere as a family for spring break
• Encourage and go on college visits with Anna
• Read a book that Clare has recently read and discuss
• Have Christmas gifts purchased by end of November
• Publish a second edition of The Solopreneur Life
• Develop a new features series for TheSolopreneurLife.com
• Decide what to do with my other websites
• Design new t-shirt(s) for The Solopreneur Life
• Combine my email lists
• Explore alternative e-book publishing methods (Bookpress, MagPress, others)
• Explore offering app-building services
• Establish a revenue goal that will challenge and motivate me
• Repurpose TheSolopreneurLife.com’s archive
• Overhaul my contacts database
• Send an e-newsletter once per week
• Ask for coachsulting testimonials
• Be intentional about bookkeeping/accounting each month
• Clean out my office closet
• Find a comfy chair for my office
• Keep the driveway clear of snow
• Plan a golf adventure with friends, even if it’s only one day
• Doggone it, acquire a top QB for my fantasy football team
***Use this list as a basis for blog posts.***