Achieving Goals, Coming Full Circle With #reverb10

Today’s Reverb10 prompt is from Tara Sophia Mohr:


What’s the thing you most want to achieve next year? How do you imagine you’ll feel when you get it? Free? Happy? Complete? Blissful? Write that feeling down. Then, brainstorm 10 things you can do, or 10 new thoughts you can think, in order to experience that feeling today.

Patterns have started to emerge in going through these daily prompts. There’s repetition, which is good. I see the repetition as a sign that I’m refining my ideas, getting closer to the bigger themes of the past year and what I want for the year ahead.

Today’s prompt brought me back to the very first prompt, One Word, in which I stated that my word for 2011 will be Sharpen. That word guides me toward what I most want to achieve in the upcoming year.

I spent most of the day setting goals for 2011. The day started with a review of last year’s goals, which I wrote out a year ago around this time. (Well, actually, the day started by watching Spaceballs during breakfast. But after that – it was primarily a goal-setting day.)

Since 2003, I’ve kept up some sort or yearly goal-setting ritual. Some years have been super simplistic, like writing 3 goals on one page in a journal. Other years have been overly complex, like coming up with way too many vague goals, overestimating what can be accomplished in a year, and having no way of measuring progress.

Last year I switched from paper to computer for this goal-setting ritual, modifying the lovely Chris Guillebeau’s Annual Review process and making it my own.

This year, I’m doing some of it on the computer, and some of it on paper.

The overall theme of 2011 being “Sharpen,” I set goals in the following areas:

Friends & Family

Relationship with Ali





Music Projects



Time Management/Habits

All in all, there are 40 goals. That may sound overly complex, but I’m not going for perfection. I know that some of these will fall by the wayside. That’s just part of the process.

So what do I most want to achieve in 2011?

It’s hard to pick just one of the 40 things I wrote down today, but overall, I want to feel like I’ve spent time sharpening my edges. Where things have dulled from all the output and constant doing, I’d like to restore some of the sharpness and shine.

This goes for every area listed above.

In some areas it’s about skills. In other areas it’s more like doing colour restoration to an old black and white movie.

Only 3 days left of Reverb10! And I only skipped one day.

Previous Reverb10 posts:

Day 1: 2010, In A Word

Day 2: It’s All About The Morning Routine

Day 3: 3 Moments from 2010

Day 4: Wonder

Day 5: Letting Go Of Attachment

Day 6: What Was The Last Thing You Made?

Day 7: Community + Accountability

Day 8: Beautifully Different (musical response)

Day 9: Fake New Year’s

Day 10: Little Decisions

Day 11: 11 Things I’m Eliminating in 2011

Day 12: Guitar, Mind and Body

Day 13: 3 Projects, 5 Next Steps, and the Top 3

Day 14: 23 People I Really Appreciate

Day 15: 2010: My Year In Photos

Day 16: Friendships and #reverb10

Day 17: Lesson Learned: The System Only Works If You Adhere To The System

Day 18: Quarterly Reviews

Day 20: Mindfulness With Reverb10

Day 21: Letters To Yourself

Day 22: Travel, 2010

Day 23: Hi, I’m Super Christine

Day 25: Merry Christmas, Everything’s OK (combined Dec 24 & 25)

Day 26: Favourite Meals of 2010

Day 27: Ordinary Joy

(photo by Ali Eisner)

4 Responses to Achieving Goals, Coming Full Circle With #reverb10

  1. Tara says:

    Ms. Bougie, I’m tipping my hat to you! Congrats on your writing, your goal setting, and I’m looking forward to doing more of my own in the next couple of days and the first week of January. xoxo
    p.s.: On my list of things I’m buying in Jan. YOUR CD!
    can’t wait. 🙂

  2. Julie Wilson says:

    “No, sir! I didn’t see you playing with your dolls again!”

    Your repetition has worn off on me. I desperately need to focus some goals, so I’ve hauled out a journal. See? “Hauled out.” That’s how much I enjoy marking things down. I even have an empty monthly 2010 Moleskine set of journals that I’m going to fill up with Seen Reading sightings. Even if the dates don’t correspond, it’s a simple way to show progress, marking something I already do naturally.

    All to say, I admire that your goals all seem designed to keep the good times rolling.

  3. Angela says:

    I love the way you’ve “worked” the repetition. And I’m going to repeat the rather spare 2011 goal-setting I’ve already done, thanks to your inspiration. Happy new year!

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