Hilariously, to prepare for the transition to a new year, I looked back at the "MASTER GOALS" list I made around this time in 2016.
Guess how many things on that list never got accomplished?
A: Quite a few.
> Create a "What Kind of Storyteller Are You?" quiz as an opt-in freebie?
> Publish Episode 1 of cheeky video-short series, This Is Your Brain on Story ?
... Sure didn't!
> Apply to speak at 12+ conferences?
... Not even close!
But the thing that REALLY gets my goat, is this one:
> Launch my first digital product.
(Which -- the sad truth is -- was on my list LAST year as well!)
When I look back at 2017 -- which was full of fun clients and sizable victories and lots of love and adventure -- I can't say I regret any of the choices I made.
But what seems abundantly clear is that we are rarely able to do ALL the things we set out to do.
You start by shooting for the moon!
... And then your sister calls and wants to know if you're coming to Greece, or a client calls and wants you on a new project, or someone else calls with far less happy news, and do you think you can come home for the funeral?
... Well? ... Can you?
NEWS FLASH: LIFE GETS IN THE WAY.
For those of us who are keen on working-to-live versus living-to-work, looking back at the ambitions of our one-year-younger selves can be a bit... sobering.
Which is why I ADORE this reminder:
Most people OVERESTIMATE what they can accomplish in ONE year... and UNDERESTIMATE what they can do in TEN.
If you were to compare where you are now, with where you were ten years ago, for example -- you might be AMAZED at all you've accomplished in that time!
Looking forward to this next stretch of future...
What if you were to give yourself the luxury of a ten-year measuring stick... instead of a measly one?
Mark my words!
Ten years from today, barring death or disaster, I'll have created AN ENTIRE SUITE of digital products -- to meet A DIVERSE SPECTRUM of customer needs!
I may have even launched a digital product ABOUT launching digital products! (*GASP*)
(And, since our tendency to think in 360-day increments causes us to routinely UNDER-estimate what's possible in ten years... let's go ahead and throw in New York Times bestselling author, to boot.)
Because, why the hell not?
So as you look back on 2017...
And FORGIVE yourself for those things you DIDN'T get done...
And CELEBRATE the things you said YES to, that were NOT on your list...
I hope you allow yourself some SPACIOUSNESS around ALL of your REALLY BIG future goals.
10 years from today -- what would you DARE put on THAT resolution list?