I believe that having goals is important. They force us to envision the future and prompt us into following through. Ten years ago, I evolved from having “New Year’s resolutions” into setting New Year’s goals for myself. The way I see it, having goals to meet instead of resolutions to live up to focuses more on my potentials, rather than on my flaws, as a human being. The term “resolution” itself connotes that there is a problem to be solved, whereas the word “goal” starts with “go” which exudes positivity and dynamism. Resolutions only remind me that I am an imperfect individual while goals inspire me to do more and achieve more. Thus, I feel more empowered to take on the upcoming year. Lastly, goals also serve as a reminder that time is short and that I should always be conscious of a timeline for the things that I want to do.
And as 2013 draws to a close, I would like to assess it in terms of the goals that I made for myself before the year started. Here they are:
☑ 1. Change jobs if <secret goal> fails. – This has been my goal for the past three years and God finally gave the go signal this year. He banged the gavel and voila, I landed a new job during the last quarter of the year. My secret goal? I guess it’s another case of God’s “please wait, child” decisions.
☒ 2. Reach <insert ludicrous amount> in savings. – With all my traveling and other activities, I was not able to make any significant amount of savings in 2013. Okay, I’ll be totally honest now: I made a total of ZERO savings this year.
☑ 3. Reach <insert a more practical and definitely much smaller sum> in stocks. – It’s no secret that I have been investing in the stock market (I even advocate it) since 2012 when my officemates got into it. What I wasn’t able to add to my savings, I was able to make up for in my investments.
☑ 4. Visit 3 different countries. – I’m really proud of having achieved this goal! This year, I went to Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. It was a couple of very special trips because the trip in the first two countries was the first time I went abroad with my family while the last was my first solo trip ever.
☑ 5. Visit 3 different Philippine provinces. – The year 2013 had been a travel-filled year for me. I was able to go to a lot of different places. January sent me to Baguio, then February flew me to Cebu to swim with the whale sharks then March whisked me away to the beautiful islands of Batanes (with a side trip to Cagayan Valley). Then I got into some surfing trips to Baler, Aurora during the year as well as some road trips to different places like Subic, Laguna and Cavite. And because I met goals 4 and 5 with such relish, it’s not a wonder why goal number 2 was a big fail.
☒ 6. Be a stronger swimmer. – I wasn’t able to improve much when it comes to swimming. Maybe next year.
☑ 7. Learn a new skill. – This is another recurring goal for the past several years, but I don’t always get to meet it. But this year! Gosh, was I able to meet this goal big time: I learned how to drive (despite the fact that I never wanted to). The responsibility of being the family driver was thrust upon me hence there’s no way out of it.
☒ 8. Acquire a part-time job. – I remember just throwing this last one in last year because I could no longer think of any other goal to meet. Maybe that’s why I wasn’t too successful in this one. This blog isn’t money-making so it’s out. Our photo booth is also earning money very intermittently so I can hardly call it a part-time job. Again, maybe next year.
All in all I got a score of 5 out of 8. But despite this average grade, I am rating my 2013 with 9 out of 10 stars. This is mostly because I was able to meet goals 1, 4, 5 and 7, which are really major achievements. And this is also in consideration of my other great achievements: I ran 42km on the Skyway last February and Moche and I celebrated our 5th anniversary last October. Who knew I had such stamina? Hahaha! Kidding. And with that, I feel that 2013 had been one of the best years of my life!
Now, I’m off to listing my 2014 goals. I hope I’d get to do as well as I did this year. ^______^