Goals for 2016

Every year, I spend the New Year’s holiday planning for the coming year.   Of course, this represents what I have in store for the New Year.   What the New Year has in store for me, well, that only time will tell.

Here’s the procedure I use for my goal setting.   I take 12 areas of my life which I arrange in sequence based on the Maslow hierarchy of needs.   The five levels of the hierarchy are

  • Physiological needs
  • Safety/security needs
  • Social needs
  • Esteem needs
  • Self-actualization needs

which I have translated into the 12 areas as follows.

  1.  Health
  2. Organization
  3. Finance
  4. Work
  5. Family/friends
  6. Networking
  7. Religion/spirituality
  8. Toastmasters
  9. Professional Development
  10. Reading
  11. Language study
  12. Games

Here are my goals for 2016 in each area, to give you an example of what my planning journal has.

  1. Health–lose 10 pounds; go from Bryan Kest Power Yoga Beginner, Intermediate, up to Advanced Level; go from Scott Cole Discover Tai Chi Beginner Level to Fitness Level; Men’s Health Spartacus Workout from one circuit to three
  2. Organization–Complete 7 Habits of Highly Effective People workout, David Allen’s Getting Things Done With Work Life Balance program, Brian Tracy’s Ultimate Goals Program
  3. Finance–Go from part-time to full-time work
  4. Work–Get the following certifications:  Certified Scrum Master, Six Sigma Green Belt, Project Management Professional; complete one-year term as Director of Executive Council; complete Leadership Forum 2016 Project
  5. Family/friends–Visit brother in California
  6. Networking–go from 600,000 to 750,000 views on WordPress blog; incorporate Twitter into social media routine; revise LinkedIn profile and groups
  7. Religion/spirituality–go from being Board Member to Vice President of Board at church
  8. Toastmasters–become Distinguished Toastmaster; complete last six months as Asst. Division Director and start first six months as Division Director for District 30 South Division and aim at Distinguished Division award
  9. Professional Development–complete review of Agile Project Management textbook on WordPress
  10. Reading–read Best Science Fiction of 2016 short stories, read at least 12 novels listed in Best Science Fiction of 2015
  11. Languages–Get the following certifications:   Mandarin Chinese (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) level B2, French (Diplome Approfondi de Langue Francaise); complete Rosetta Stone Arabic level 3; complete at least 300-day streak on Duolingo
  12. Games–complete Civilization:  Beyond Earth at first three levels of difficulty

These goals are specific enough that they are meaningful, in that I will be able to tell a definite “yes” or “no” to whether I have accomplished them.  I will revisit this blog post on January 1, 2017 to see how I have done!




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