Sunday, January 13, 2013

Goal #2 - Complete My Doctorate

This may be the most aggressive goal on my list, but I'm going for it. 2013 is the year of the doctorate! This past weekend was a huge step closer to completing goal number two, I took the comprehensive exam. Hands down, this was the most challenging test I have ever had in my life. We knew there would be one question and we would have three hours to answer it... everything else was fair game. Now that the dust has settled, I have a small feeling that I probably didn't fail the exam. This may not seem like a super positive outlook, but before the exam I was certain I wasn't ready and failure was the only option. To complete this goal, my timeline is going to have to be pretty precise and I know I'll have to keep plugging along even when I want to take a break. I have to keep telling myself that I'll get a break when I defend that dissertation. This is going to be one of the only goals I will be semi-comfortable with not completing, because I want to make sure the quality is there. I was fortunate enough (that's an understatement) to have been accepted into a solid program, I don't want to take shortcuts now that I'm in. So among the other things happening this year, it's possible I finish this crazy thing and get to have some night hours back.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Goal #1 - Read More

If you're like me then reading probably isn't on your top ten list of things to accomplish today, but it should be. I am amazed at how much can be gained from reading. I'm sure there is something to be gained from reading fiction, but that's not what I'm talking about here. If I heard it one time, I've heard it a million, "Leaders Read." Whether it's the front page of a news site, a blog, or even a book, reading is important for growth. It can also play a role in renewal and reaffirmation. It's a great feeling when you find that a noted author agrees with something you are doing in your life. Right now I'm in a weird spot in my life where reading what I want to read isn't easy. I have books, journals, dissertations and other scholarly work that I have to read through to keep up with my studies. Most of the time this reading is okay, but it's not necessarily what I want to read. I enjoy reading leadership books, books about strategic management and personal finance. I read to be inspired. I read because every time I dig into a book, I learn something new. Leaders read because there is always something new out there. I may not know Tom Peters, Jon Acuff, Ken Blanchard, John Kotter or Dave Ramsey but these guys teach me things.

My first new goal is simple: I plan to read one book a month.  

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Goals For 2013

I have been thinking over things that I would like to do or improve upon in 2013. Some of these are personal goals and some professional. In no particular order....

1- Read more

2- Complete Doctorate

3- Keep my options open

4- Get to know at least one new person a week

5- Get up the first time my alarm goes off

6- Offer value to those around me without expecting anything in return

7- Eat healthy & exercise more often

Over the next few weeks I'll post on each of these. I'll give you my game plan for completion and tell you why it's important to me.

Do you have any goals for the new year? Jot down a few and post them in the comments section below.