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52 & 12: Plans and schemes for 2011

Much like Jamie, I don’t “do” New Year’s resolutions.

From past experience, when I make resolutions and then screw up, I feel really bad about it. Then, since I’m “off the wagon”, I struggle to muster up the motivation to get back on the wagon and that’s all she wrote.

Instead of resolutions, last year I set myself some goals. Admittedly, I didn’t get terribly far in achieving those goals, but there were some positive outcomes from the discipline of attempting to achieve them; I also gained some insight from looking back at where I failed. In particular, I found that I’d set the bar a little high in terms of the number of things I was trying to achieve. I just didn’t have the time. I also found that the further I got through the year, the harder it was to motivate myself to keep trying; the numbers just felt too big.

As part of that process and insight gained, once again I’m setting myself some new goals for 2011. Less and smaller numbers this year, but I’m hanging onto the 52 & 12.

52 Books: #1 – A Million Miles in a Thousand Years – Don Miller

The first Don Miller book I read was Blue Like Jazz. It was recommended to me at a time I was questioning my faith, and I’ll be eternally grateful to the person who recommended it to me. It’s on my list to re-read this year.

I was given A Million Miles in a Thousand Years for Christmas, not really knowing what it was about. I started reading it yesterday, and finished it today. I could barely put it down.

Fifty-two and Twelve.

For reasons that are somewhat unclear to me, I find setting goals to be something akin to solving a Rubik’s cube. I know it’s possible, and other people can do it incredibly well, but even with a book giving me step-by-step instructions, I find it nearly impossible.

This year I plan to do the unthinkable, and set a list of goals for myself.

I plan to do a series of things each week, and each month, and next year.