I read Chris Brogan’s post on his methodology for planning out his yearly goals, and loved the idea, so I’m stealing it for myself!
So, what do I want to accomplish in 2009? Initially the list felt so darned long that it seemed impossible to accomplish even half of what I had in mind…But working through the process, as Chris suggested actually made my list much more achievable and helped me to see the connectedness of my goals – a win-win, if you ask me.
So, I started the process, as I alluded to, by just making an uber-long list of the things I wanted to accomplish both personally and professionally. Then, reading over the list a few times on different occasions, I started grouping things together into buckets of similarity. This has gone on for the past couple of weeks, and has led me to these words: Arm, Interest, and Chill
I want to arm people with what they need to be successful. I want to empower them to get where they want to by providing advice and resources to give them a head-start. I want to enable self-service capabilities in the EMC|ONE community by continuing to provide and evolve the tools and resources we have developed so that they can work at their own pace instead of depending on my availability to achieve their goals. I want to find ways to improve how I do things currently in many aspects of life – the challenging part of this will be to figure out what to focus on first. I am all about making things efficient for myself, as well as others.
I also want to continue to arm myself to be successful, and focus in on the things I am most passionate about. Which leads me to my next word…
I am involved in so many things personally and professionally that I need to hone in on what I actually have an interest in and figure out polite ways to decline the others. It is becoming apparent that I am trying to follow too many things at times, and so I want to develop a way to focus in on the truly meaningful things, taking in the most important nuggets instead of drinking from the fire hose. This is particularly challenging on EMC|ONE as I feel compelled to be actively involved with all users of the platform.
I also want to reach out more to folks who have not yet shown an interest in EMC|ONE to get them interested, to show them the value that it offers, and to engage them successfully in the community, while also enabling them to focus in on the things that are most meaningful to them. In doing this, I also understand that some people will likely never have an interest in social media, will not be inclined to see the value, and will sometimes even consider it a waste of time. Which leads me to my final word…
I want to learn not to take things personally, which I have a terrible habit of doing. I find myself feeling as though the occasional rant or seemingly disgruntled feedback about the community and perceived lack of value is somehow a reflection on me, when in reality, we have thousands and thousands of users who clearly find value every day using EMC|ONE. Instead, I want to reach out to those people, find out what the real root of the issue is, and see if I can help clarify their perceptions about the community instead of thinking “I wonder if there’s something I did wrong…”
To sum it up, I want to learn to not sweat the small stuff. I want to let it go, keep on moving in the right direction, and even just maybe, make some people into believers in the value of social media.
That’s it, in a nutshell – lots and lots of things behind these words, but breaking it down this way, I feel much more confident that these are all achievable goals.
Wish me luck!