My xbox games give me achievement points for completing specific tasks. Sometimes it’s extremely easy to get ( obtain the sniper rifle) and sometimes extremely hard (make 100 head-shots without a sniper rifle).  There is a high degree of satisfaction when you get achievements and it gives you bragging rights on your aggregate gamer score. Sometimes there are hidden achievements that pop up as a bonus.

I thought to myself why not calibrate an achievement system for everyday life. If you go through life without goals then you cannot achieve anything. The first thing we need to do is set goals .

What are your goals?

Do you have a 30, 60, 90 day plan for your life?

Is there some place that you would like to be in the next year?

What about work? Are you setting yourself up to be in a better position for a promotion?

What are you doing to effect this change?

Are you in the same place this year as you were last year? If so then you are not moving. You are stagnant and need to formulate a plan now. If you are in a better position, good but we need to figure out what is the next step.

We can set a goal to make a million dollars but that might take too long. We should set a goal for our first hundred grand and then move on the the next…. baby steps right?

If we don’t achieve a goal ( because sometimes we might aim just a little too high ) we may want to reevaluate our goals.

Certainly you’ve heard of SMART planning?

Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic and Timely

This acronym speaks for itself. Apply this principle to your life and tailor it to fit your needs.

Reward yourself for every achievement.

A Silent Exit

Your eyes revealed what your mouth denied

Be with me tonight and

Never leave my hollow chest

Embrace the forbidden

Drink from the coveted

Tomorrow ‘tis not,

So just feign it never will

The pigeons, omens of a bittersweet decline

Reminders that morning returns to steal calm

The clock ticks,

A symbol of separation coming

I cling to the last embers of your sweetest embrace

You will always be a mystery, even to yourself

You are removed you from my skin and replaced

Shielded, we perform our exit dance

One step follows another until we’re at that place

And for just a fleeting moment

I feel you under my skin

Under my breath I yearn to speak

I cannot lose the grip pride has on my tongue

So with this goodbye, as with the last

I leave something

Dreaded tomorrow ‘tis here

Our silence speaks volumes


3 thoughts on “Achievements

  1. I’ve been setting smart goals for years… For other people. I had never thought of using the technique for myself. I better get started!

  2. Your outlook is to be emulated. The depth of your maturity is to be admired. You are blessed with considerable talent. I will not overlook the effort you make to cultivate your talent.
    I now know about SMART and I will use it.
    I hope the future holds for you even greater achievements.

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