Or, “The Mother of All Goal-Setting Acronyms”: Bass, Interdependence, Teaching, Creativity, and Health.
I kinda have a thing for acronyms – they make it easier to stay focused on key goals (always a good thing for Renaissance People). Since I made my list of five projects, I’ve had to ask myself, “What’s your end-game here?” Well ladies and gentlemen, here is something resembling an end-game for each of the five areas (with a bonus, easy-to-remember obscene acronym):
- Current goal: memorize 50 tunes
- Big goal: be a respected jazz bassist
It’s no secret that I can be rather insecure about my bass playing. While I’m only reliant on it as my primary source of income during teaching off-seasons, I’d still like to do more to increase my visibility as a competent jazz bassist in the area.
- Current goal: create and stick to budget
- Big goal: help friends, family, and society be happy
Yeah, right now I’m just struggling to keep my head above water with finances and adulthood in general, but I’m working towards a very hippy-dippy goal of being able to be of service to others – which requires I get my sh*t together first…
- Current goal: finish drafting e-book
- Big goal: create a self-directed “professorship”
At some point during my PhD work, it occurred to me that I could – with the right skills – build a career doing all the things that I would do as a professor – teach, write, mentor, etc. – outside of conventional academia. My ultimate goal is to build a portfolio of online and in-person classes/lessons, publications, and workshops to create my dream job.
- Current goal: blog 4x/week
- Big goal: be an inspiring and creative blogger
I love blogging and posting my creative projects, but I’ve definitely been inconsistent and often slapdash in my posting. With this and my other blog, I’m hoping to get on a more structured schedule of writing, comic-making, and cross-stitching. Beyond helping to market my forthcoming publications, I’m not as interested in reaching a certain number of views (although I do need to get a lot better at using social media). Instead, I just want to be getting more feedback that I’m making a (positive) difference in peoples’ lives.
- Current goal: stick to a vegan, gluten-free, whole-foods, budget-friendly diet
- Big goal: maintain youthful appearance and health
Yeah, yeah, we all want to stay young and live forever, and we can’t. I get it. But having just left academia – where premature aging and poor health are seen as signs of academic rigor – I’m not apologizing for wanting to take care of my body and look halfway decent. I’m doing good with my health habits (diet, sleep, and yoga) but want to do things like update my wardrobe and style.
Renaissance People – do you have a hard time mapping out your various passions and sticking to your goals? What obstacles have you encountered in this process? In future posts, I’ll try to share techniques that have worked well for me.