A few years ago I decided never to make a New Year’s Resolution again. Usually I failed to complete them and felt like a failure at the end of the year instead of looking toward all of the good things that could happen in the following. A week ago a student came to interview me for a piece he was doing on New Year’s Resolutions for Video Production class and I sent him away disappointed because I refused to make one.
But today I had the realization that I need to make one, but it is going to be the same every year from now on.
I am still reading In the Plex
(see previous post
), and they were talking about these quarterly objectives/benchmarks that every employee must keep. The first thing that amazed me was that every employee had to publish them on the company website with their bio and picture (can you imagine publishing your Professional Growth Plan to your class website?). The second, was that you were not expected to fully achieve your goal each quarter. In fact, you were actually in danger of being fired if you exceeded your goal because it shows that you played it safe and were “audacity challenged.”
We can’t keep playing it safe. We have to be better next year than we were this year.
So, any suggestions?