2014 Resolution & A Look Back at 2013

Jan 7, 2014 by

Do you have your 2014 resolution(s) set ?  We haven’t really gotten around to setting any specific goals for the year yet in this household, with the holidays and the cold/flu season, we’ve been barely keeping our heads above water.

January Calendar

Still, I’ve been reflecting on 2013.  I didn’t really ever set out a formal “resolution,” but at some point toward the beginning of the year, I put a quote on my computer desktop and it just kinda stuck with me.

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.” – Benjamin Franklin

Reading it back now, it sounds kind of morbid.   But I did, and do find it motivational.  When faced with a decision this year, I really focused on answering the questions (1) is this something worth reading? or (2) is this something worth writing about?  These two questions helped me focus on things that were really worth doing.

Sure, having the perfect internal excel spreadsheets of correct contact information for every membership association I’m involved in would be nice.  But does it matter?  What does matter? Sure, doing the same old event is ….well, fine.  But is it worth writing about?  Would anyone write about it?  Sure starting a blog sounds like a good idea, but do I have the kind of information that is worth reading?  What is worth reading?

They say good goals are “SMART.”  I’m not sure this is a “resolution” at all.  While I can’t really “measure” my progress I do have some “evidence” of progress (I’m a lawyer after all).

Write Something Worth Reading: This was a major factor in getting me to start this blog.  I had all this information and lots of opinions.  I love reading blogs.  I tried to convince other people to start this blog with no success.  So, I challenged myself to put my money where my mouth is and write something worth reading.  100+ Posts and thousands of views later, here we are.  I’m not sure if I’d call this a “successful” blog yet, but I’m certainly glad that it has helped me to connect to so many new people in real life in the last year.

Do Things Worth Writing: This is where I focused a lot of my time.  Why do something small, when you can do something big weird? (Let’s be honest, a lot of what I/we did was probably just weird enough to be interesting, not necessarily “big”).   I did start keeping track of what I was doing that was, in someone’s opinion, “worth writing” about: here.   People joke about always reading about something I’m up to in the newspaper, but it’s been a constant question in my mind:  what am I doing that is worth writing about?  And if the answer is “nothing,” then “why not”?

I’ve found these questions extremely helpful to keep me motivated over the the last year.  While I probably will have a few specific goals written down at some point, I really liked the one guiding principle/quote for the year.  Some people choose just one word for the year (but again, I’m a  lawyer, why just one word when you can have ten?).

The trouble is…I haven’t found a quote that is really sticking with me in the same way for 2014.  Anyone have any suggestions?  What are you resolving to do in 2014?

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