Is it goal-setting time again?

Taking a two-week vacation is like hitting that “reset” button on my brain.  And it’s really nice to sit back, and take stock of things.  It also opens up that cavern in the back of my mind, and there are some monsters back there.  I won’t get into those, because they’re like Gremlins: I shouldn’t feed them, lest they become stronger and creepier.

I’ve said before that I don’t believe in resolutions; I believe in goals.  But, frankly, no matter what you call them, both fail equally miserably.  I still think there’s value in the process.  Stop, review, think, plan, act; repeat.

So here’s something I’m throwing out there: The most important part of goal-setting is retrospective.  Setting attainable goals is easy, because we keep our ideas tethered on what we know is possible.  A whole realm of possibility is untapped, simply because we’re not looking for it.  Not because we can’t, but because we don’t.  Chances are, it’s the things that didn’t go well that are hiding the opportunities for breakthrough.

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny…’

Isaac Asimov

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