When I was in college I had a poster hanging on the wall of my office at the campus newspaper that read: “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” As a deadline woman and chronic dreamer, the poster appealed to me on many levels. I’ve always been someone who enjoys the challenge of pushing toward goals on tight deadlines, the more insane the deadline and the more people who think I can’t do it, the better I seem to do.
Except when I fail as I have done many, many times. But the cool thing about failure is that it makes you more resilient. When you fail and the humiliation and disappointment of it doesn’t kill you, you realize you can survive failure and you become a little more of a bad*ss each time you try again. And over time the possibility of failing loses its power over you. You know you can survive failure and you’re not willing to let fear hold you back.
Surviving failure is liberating. AND it makes life’s success all the more AWESOME.
I’m telling you this because I don’t want you to let the fear of failure hold you back when you think about what you’d like to accomplish in your life. If there’s something you think you want to try, put it on your list and don’t worry about how likely you are to attain that particular goal or what the naysayers in your life think about it. That crap doesn’t matter. The point is to make a list of dreams and goals that you’d like to pursue if you could do anything you wanted with the time you have. It is important to make your dreams and goal priorities because none of us are going to live forever. Now is our time.
Ok, so now that we’re all on the same page, it’s time to start making a list of things you want to accomplish in your life. You don’t have to make the list all in one sitting. Just jot a few things down and add to it as you think of more fun adventures that you want to have. I carry little notebooks around with me so I can add to my list where ever I am.
On the first page of CraftSanity Magazine Issue 5, I encourage readers post comments about their big plans for 2012. So let’s start a mega list of goals for 2012 right here. I’ll go first to get the ball rolling.
In 2012 I would like to write a book, cross country ski for the first time ever, make fabric kites and illustrated handmade books with my daughters, rid my home of clutter, podcast regularly, publish a weekly column on my blog, train for another marathon, cook one new recipe per week, carve out time to weave on the looms I make, collaborate more with artists around the globe and the list goes on. There is more I want to do in 2012 and beyond, but there’s no need to overwhelm you with it all at once.
So how about you? What do you want to do? I invite you to start your list below.