Looking forward and looking back, to know where to stand

2011 is getting closer and closer to it’s end and most of us start getting our pen and paper ready to write our goals for the next year. This is a great way to measure and live up to the expectations with SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound).

But to my point of view SMART goals will only improve us considering where we are at, and I believe that we must look back, forward, and only then look at where we are at. Being there, have our heart spell the answers for us instead of logic.

There are 3 questions I’d like to propose for this analysis and I hope they work for you as well as they did for me.

1. What have you done in the past that you loved? It is very important to identify what do you really like. If you really take the time to close your eyes and think of the things that you really love, that really make you happy, then you will identify an array of things that you like, but most likely 2 or 3 of those thoughts will be higher in your top of mind. This perspective aims to find things that make you happy.

2. What do you want to do for the next 5 – 10 years? Think of those things that made you happy and give each a fair chance. Now ask yourself if you see yourself dedicating your life to that for the next 5 – 10 years. Does it sound realistic? Do you really want that? Is you answer maybe? Or hell yeah!? How about 20 years? Is it still fair? Will happiness last that long? This perspective should filter off things that you are enthusiastic about from those that you are truly passionate about.

3. If today was the last day of your life, what would you want to be doing? The answer that comes out of your head here is in reality your final answer. With these 3 questions you should really know where you are going, because we all know that if you don’t know where you are going, chances are you are going to end up nowhere. With this in mind, start getting those 2012 goals ready. This is your mission in life, this is the vision you have of you, now get those 2012 goals ready and find out how to get here, 1 year at a time.

Wether you are a sports or businessperson, or anyone reading my blog, there is no excuse for you or for me to not keep on improving, to not follow our dreams, to not keep on fighting, to not do what we love.

And don’t forget to enjoy life while you’re at it.

All my best,

Arturo

Twitter: @asanvicente

Email: asanvicente@live.com

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