In recent years, I’ve limited my goals for the new year to two broad ones: practical, like finances or career; and personal, which are usually simple social goals like creating community and building relationships. The latter is, by far, more purposeful and meaningful.
Last year, my simple social goals were: Text those you Facebook, Call those you text, Visit those you call. I expanded these goals during the year to include routine: FaceTiming my parents weekly, brunch with one friend every Saturday, Sunday evening dinner with another, and other regular dates with different friends and family. This made a huge impact. Fulfilling these goals resulted in a broader network of meaningful friendships and closer relationships with family and old friends.
2014 ushers in another simple goal: let folks in my life know at least one thing I deeply admire about them. I don’t mean every one of the thousands of Twitter followers, Facebook and Google+ friends, and LinkedIn contacts. I’m talking about people I interact with – online and offline – regularly and who I admire and respect in unique ways.
If you plan to do the same, beware that we often take those closest to us for granted, so make a checklist (I use Evernote for everything, including checklists), add to it throughout the year and check-off as you relay your notes of appreciation. This could be in-person, via a phone call, DM on Twitter, Facebook private message, text, etc.
“The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain.
Here’s to living our purpose in the new year. Happy 2014!