Happy New Year, but don’t ask me what are my New Year resolutions. I establish goals throughout the year that I intend to reach–the kind that are well-defined, achievable, measurable, and have a date or a period within which they’re to be completed. The sense of accomplishment from completing a task results in happiness I can plan.
I was introduced to the book, Self-Directed Learning whose author I don’t recall, back in the 70s while majoring in counseling. Dinosaurs weren’t around, but computers were being developed and college courses weren’t done via on-line learning. Self-Directed Learning presented a structured approach to independent learning that required breaking goals into manageable parts to be achieved within a reasonable time. It worked.
I’m goal-oriented, always in the process of working toward my next accomplishment. Since retiring from the legal profession, some of my goals have been writing short-stories, learning to use software, and scheduling trips. Each achievement boosts my confidence for the next as I smile and think, I did it.