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My 2012 Experiment with Goals

by Gary Bamberger on January 25, 2013

I was profoundly impacted by a blog by Leo Babaua about living without goals that I read in 2011 at some point.  I thought it was a remarkably freeing concept and one that allows people to live more fully in the moment.  I saw the possibilities of allowing Life to unfold in it’s own pace and in it’s own way.

Based on this, I took a new & different approach to establishing goals for 2012.   I wasn’t able to fully give up the perceived safety of goals for 2012.  Instead, I simplified my goals by making them more nebulous.  That’s counter to what I would have normally thought.  My intention was to allow my life to unfold in an organic & creative way.

My sole professional goal was to create a position that provides me with the opportunities I want under the conditions / terms I want.  Pretty open ended, eh?  During the year, I left my steady salaried job and started working for myself and aligned with another company that provides training and coaching in software delivery.  At the beginning of 2012, there would have been no way for me to have developed this as a goal for myself.

Another goal I had for 2012 was to volunteer more time with non-profit organizations that impact a broad reach of people.  I completed my annual campaign to raise funds for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to help cure type 1 diabetes, which hits very close to home for me.  Beyond this, I was selected as a speaker at the Scrum Gathering in Barcelona, Spain.  The Scrum Gathering is organized by the Scrum Alliance, which is a non-profit that exists to “increase awareness and understanding of Scrum.”  The session I led had ~70 people attend.  I was not paid for travel time or the time that I presented my materials.  This is another example of a completely unexpected fulfillment of a goal.

I set all 4 of my goals for myself in this way.  I met all four of my goals.  What a stark comparison to what I had done in the past! And, I feel that 2012 was one of my best years!  Because of my approach, my gremlins / saboteurs do not have the same amount of ammunition to work with as compared to prior years.   And, I’m continuing with this approach in 2013.

Here’s my 2¢ on this topic.  Find a method of establishing goals that helps move you forward in a positive and affirming way!  If this means creating very specific goals for yourself with detailed plans for the execution and achievement of your goals, that’s great!  If it means having no goals at all as Leo suggests, that’s great!  And, if you’re somewhere in the middle, that’s great, too!  The key is to find something that works for you and affirms who you are as a person.

Do you need support in defining your goals for this year?  How would an accountability partner help you?  If there’s some way that I would be able to support you in developing and / or achieving your goals this year, please be the proactive leader of your life & send me an email at turningptcc@gmail.com.

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Where Opinion Turns to Judgment

November 28, 2012

I recently met someone that I worked with almost 30 years ago when I was in my late teens / early 20’s.  After finally figuring out where we knew each other from & from when, I asked him not to judge me now based on who I was 30 years ago.  I have no idea […]

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What’s Happening at Turning Point Coaching?

August 5, 2012

It has been quite a while since I last posted a blog.  I feel compelled to provide some information related to my absence. In April 2011, my wife and I began blazing a new trail in our lives when we moved from just outside of Philadelphia, PA to Corona de Tucson, AZ, which is just […]

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Leadership Traits to Transform Your Life – Reliability

September 19, 2011

Reliability Defined: Dictionary.com The ability to be relied on or depended on, as for accuracy, honesty, or achievement.Wiktionary.org The quality of being reliable, dependable or trustworthy. The quality of a measurement indicating the degree to which the measure is consistent, that is, repeated measurements would give the same result (See validity). The leadership trait we’re […]

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10 from 2010

January 6, 2011

As I did in 2009, I am sharing the lessons I learned during 2010 with you. My hope is that you might pick up a kernel of wisdom from this, and that you are inspired to review how 2010 unfolded for you so that you are able to carry the lessons you learned forward in […]

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Settle Less by Leaning into Transformation

December 20, 2010

We’ve all been there…working a job that’s uninspiring and that’s mis-aligned with who you want to be and what you want to do with your life. When I’ve been in situations like this in the past, I’ve felt incomplete, uncommitted, unmotivated and uninspired. I felt a dread about going to work…I definitely had a perspective […]

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Transformation – A Matter of Choice

November 16, 2010

I was at a church service recently where the Rev. John Crestwell spoke about transformation.  To paraphrase, he stated that transformation starts by making choices to effect change. The context that he was speaking in was around organizational transformation. And it’s clear to me that this would also apply to individuals as well. So what’s […]

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