"Do not go gentle into that good night", Dylan Thomas wrote, and "Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
Some of you know that one of my pet interest areas is entrepreneurship for the 50+ crowd. And I've been working on that, within my regular business, PANOPTIKA. I'm looking for a few new coaching clients who fit that description. So if you know someone who doesn't have time to rage against the dying of the light because they are too busy creating something new to add value to the world, AND they are on the wiser side of the spectrum, send them my way, won't you? They can set up a call to talk to me about their plans here.
One last thing: I'm incredibly grateful to all of you who support me in my many endeavours. It isn't easy being a renaissance woman, and I couldn't do it without you.
Here we are in January – and all around us, there’s talk of being better, improving, giving up bad habits, or taking up new ones. Some people avoid goal-setting, because they’re afraid of failure. They haven’t learned yet that failing to reach a goal is just an opportunity to find the lesson in it all. That’s the best part of stretching ourselves to accomplish something new! In 2018 I set a goal to win an election. I didn’t make it. What I did make were new friends, new ideas, a deeper connection to my community, and a host of resources and sources of help that I didn’t have before. I didn’t win the election, but I know I’m far more successful than I was before, because I tried.
What about you? Have you set a goal for January, or for 2019? Here are some SMART steps that are helpful as you set your goal for the weeks or months ahead:
And on that note, what’s my goal for this year? To find a paying project that takes at least 180 hours (over the whole year, or in a shorter, concentrated burst) that incorporates the work that made me set last year’s goal – to contribute to eliminating hunger, homelessness, or illiteracy. That’s specific, time-bound, realistic and measurable – and I’m taking action by putting it here. If you or someone you know has a project that needs a "do-er", I’m ready to listen. Let’s talk.
How are you feeling?
It's an interesting question, one I've been asked frequently since this time last month, when I had just lost an election. The answer? Just fine. Satisfied. Relaxed. You see, I believe it is always worth it to try something that seems like a huge challenge, even if it doesn't work out. That's because I subscribe to the Jim Rohn philosophy of, "You win or you learn".
So, I'm still trying to find just the right way to make a big difference in my community. In the meantime, I know that many small differences add up over time, just like compound interest. So while I'm working on the next big thing, I look for a way to do some small thing, every single day. And I'm confident that I learned something that's going to come in handy. I set an example for many people (they've told me so), so how can it not be worth it?