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This time last year, I planned goals for the year. Spent a few days on them. It felt good, hopeful.
I accomplished precisely zero of them. Not that it was a bad year — far from it. Just the goals were speculative, things that sounded like they should be easy, rather than things I could actually see a path to solving. And it turned out, things that sound like the should be easy, sometimes aren’t.
Here’s the problem: Problems I know how to solve, get solved in 1-3 months. Problems I don’t know how to solve take 6-60 months. Neither is right for “yearly goals.”
And trying to solve a hard problem in a year is counter-productive — solutions don’t come by banging on the problem over and over, they come from exploring other areas of magick, learning unrelated skills, and eventually, the sum of those unrelated skills offers an insight.
For 2014, I’m dumping yearly goals. Instead, I’ll do monthly goals (problems I know how to solve) and long-term goals (that I’ll return to every so often, after exploring unrelated skills). Next year, I’ll update you on how it worked.If you liked this post, consider visiting my current blog at mikesententia.com.