Most people are more pensive at the end of one and the start of another. Somehow the new year mysteriously brings with it some page turning abilities. In a seeming instant things we thought impossible or we failed at in the previous one, are possible. Teams, leaders and individuals imagine their heaven. They see themselves attaining, being and doing more. With so much to do, what to do?
#Goals matter because they give purpose to our efforts. We’ve all been there… You know when we pursue new goal(s) with passion. Then our passion and determination wane. In this episode I muse on why people give up on their goals midway.
Your turn, what are some of the reasons you think people give up on their goals midway?
It’s about a year since Ahmed “Kathy” Kathrada passed away. Kathy fought apartheid alongside icons like Nelson Mandela. Mandela, South Africa and the world at large held Kathy in high esteem. I write this shortly after reading breaking news of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela‘s passing. Winnie fought apartheid. Her and Nelson were married at some point. She was 81.
For some reason I was thinking about the anniversary of Kathy’s death when I saw the news about Winnie. Hence the references to them. When Nelson Mandela passed away I thought about what makes a great legacy. I wrote some of my thoughts here. Thinking about Kathy and Winnie, again, made me think about the nature of legacies and how we remember people.
This might be cliché, but I don’t care: I’m not where I want to be but I’m glad I’m not where I used to be. Revising philosophies isn’t as scary as it used to be. (There’s one thing I fear more than anything else.) I’d like to believe that I’ve been changing my mind for the better. Sometimes I look back at things I’ve done and who I was, and wonder, “What was I thinking?”. I hope this is a good sign of maturing.
Who would’ve imagined that “productivity” would be an industry? Goals, outcomes, deadlines, whatever you call them, are an inherent, inescapable way of life and leadership. We set goals for ourselves as individuals, teams, organisations. Despite this, it is important to just dream. I’m not talking about the, “In a perfect world…” brainstorming. I mean simple, plain, dreaming. Dreaming to no particular end.