15 December 2007 - 14:10Goals

It’s funny how a simple goal can be magic.

For a few months now I’ve been putting a lot of my life in order, juggling committments, ‘learning experiences’ and a number of different career strategies. I’ve been reading a lot, thinking a lot. And in my various readings, I came across an Internet Meme. You know what an Internet Meme is, don’t you? It’s where everybody names sixteen places you want to visit before you die, or five books that most influenced you as a child, or ten characters in fiction you’d most want to kill off.

I usually hate those.

However, this one struck a chord with my reorganization efforts: 101 Things in 1001 Days. You make a list of specific things you want to accomplish in the next 143 weeks. 101 is a big enough number to make you really think about what you want out of life, and 1001 days is long enough to actually get some of the more ambitious projects done.

And I was going to start working on the list over break, and start the 1001 days sometime around New Years. But then I got a salsa packet at Taco Bell that said “Make a Wish.” (Taco Bell salsa packets have little sayings on them, for those of you who avoid the place.)

And I made a wish.

And suddenly my entire freaking life snapped into focus.

My “101 Things” list is now full. It looks something like this:

  1. Win a Nicholl Fellowship.
  2. Win a Nicholl Fellowship.
  3. Win a Nicholl Fellowship.
  4. Win a Nicholl Fellowship.
  5. etc.

(Somewhere around 59 there might be a “Lose ten pounds” or “eat more apples”, but I don’t think so.)

Sometimes realistic goals are good — and that’s when you make a lot of them. But sometimes you need what one of the business gurus out there calls a Big Fat Hairy-Ass Goal. And sometimes all you need is the right BFHAG, and everything else falls into place.

Of course, the reason a Nicholl Fellowship is so perfect is because you can’t win one without new scripts, and you can’t win one without at least one freaking brilliant new script. So it encompasses all the most important other goals.

Eyes on the Prize.

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