The new year’s clock has struck midnight a few hours ago.
You know what that means. Another year has gone and a new year has unfolded before you. It could not have been better timing to discover this quote.
The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.
Why make the new year a happy one?
I think you and I can agree that a good year is better than a bad year. I admit even though I had a few bad years, there are moments I am “happy” they happened. How about you?
Can you have a “happy” bad year?
Regardless of the ups and downs, 2016 was an interesting year for me in many ways. It did make me wonder, what makes a new year “happy”?
I don’t think there is a definite answer to what makes a new year “happy”. The reason I say this is because a “new year” has a different meaning for everyone. Above all else, one thing is for sure.
A new year is a state of mind.
I can’t quite pinpoint what “state of mind” a new year represents. A state of renewal, maybe? Otherwise, our lives would just be one long year.
Setting goals for the new year.
The other day, while we were discussing strategies, one of my peers asked me “how are goals and plans different?” While my reply was somewhat vague, the answer was pretty simple.
Goals are fixed.
Plans are well…. plans.
For some reason, it does seem that setting goals is what makes the year “happy”. Setting goals gives you something to look forward to. A shot of motivation, if you will.
The end result leaves you with something to be happy about.
For example, while I did not achieve all of my goals for 2016, I did manage to achieve most of them. As a result, while it wasn’t the greatest year ever, it was a “happy” year.
The First Goal for 2017
Publish 120 blog posts.
At first, I actually wrote, “increase my blog post frequency”.
Then I realized after the conversation that it was not a fixed goal. That’s when I revised my goal to make it more fixed. I decided to increase the number of blog posts to ten per month.
By making my first goal more fixed, I noticed my state of mind changed. For some reason, looking at it this way helps break down the topics I want to blog about into chapters.
In other words, break the book down into 12 chapters, one for each month. Granted, it is a small book with at least two posts per week. Not like the asinine amount of junk churned out hourly by the mega media sites.
The Second Goal for 2017
Double the number of social connections.
2016 was the year of self-discovery as a social brand.
After falling out of love with using social networking for personal reasons, I listened to what others had to say. One thing I realized is that several of these social networks are publically traded companies. In other words, social networking is not personal, it is a business.
By adopting a new attitude, I re-immersed myself back into the social networking environment. During this experience, I discovered those who share the same similar interests. Especially when it comes to accessibility and inclusion issues.
This allowed me to see the concept of blogging as a business in a new light. As a result, setting a second goal to double the number of my social connections for this year. This is specific enough because of my transparency reports where I have been tracking my social growth.
The Third Goal for 2017
Increase my network of deaf, hard of hearing, and sign language bloggers.
This is not very specific in terms of numbers. There’s a natural challenge with bloggers due to the fact bloggers come and go. It was actually Elizabeth, the deaf blogger behind Mommy Gone Tropical, who inspired me to refocus my goals for 2017.
During the course of 2016, I have been searching for deaf, hard of hearing, and sign language bloggers. This was one of the tasks involved in creating my blog’s business plan. As a result, I found several terrific bloggers.
Granted, they focus on different niche topics. However, we all do share the same passion that blogging inspires. Writing to share knowledge to create a better world.
There are even more deaf, hard of hearing, and sign language vloggers which are fantastic. After all, I prefer sign language. However, because of resources and time involved with either blogging or vlogging, I had to make a decision regarding which medium inspired me the most.
Even as videos are exploding everywhere online, one thing is for sure. People still read. That’s when I realized blogging will always be around. Videos? I’m not as sold as I thought I was. Especially now that holographic and virtual reality technology is making waves.
So those are my goals to help make 2017 a happy new year.
Share Your Goals
How about you? What are your goals for the new year?