So the year is half over. Statistically, virtually none of us are still doing our New Year’s resolutions. Many of us have completely abandoned any goals we set for ourselves… and maybe it’s a good thing.
I was at an event a couple of weeks ago and I met someone whose name I don’t recall (and either didn’t get, or threw out his business card). Although, he said one thing that stuck and I did take with me.
He said that most people fail to meet their goals… and similarly fail to meet their potential, because they are too close to their own business. And when you’re too close to something, you really can’t see it. Often people who are outside of us see our potential much more clearly that we do. They have a view of us at our best, without the negative self talk that so many people experience.
He suggested asking others, trusted friends, to set their goals for them.
So I’ve been working on doing just that. I’ve asked a few people I know, love and trust to set short term goals on my behalf for the end of this year. Here’s what I’ve observed. When asking about short term goals, most of my friends focused their goal setting on their area of expertise. (so bloggers talked about blogging more, adsense peeps talked about increasing sites, adwords about new campaigns)… or they talked about their business hotbutton platform (outsourcing, firing bad clients).
Some friends were even self serving and set goals for me to help THEM Which of course, I’m happy to do. My friends are cool like that. If they ask me to do something, it’s usually mutually beneficial.
So now I thought I’d ask a larger audience.
What should my short term (end of 2008) goals be?
My intention is to complete every genuine goal someone gives me.
While you’re at it, what do you think my 5 year goals should be?