Throwback Thursday is a fun one for me. Revisiting past experiences and thoughts by sifting through entries written over the years. This one takes me back seven years…
Sept 12, 2006
Believe vs. Belong
When I lived at home, I used to make a list at the beginning of every school year, complete with my hopes and goals for the months following. I would fold it up and place it at the very bottom of my desk drawer. Come early June, my list would surface and I would go through it, making checks next to those I had accomplished.
These lists I remember well. One for each year of high school. It’s interesting to see habits in a younger self that are still in place today: the making of lists, attempts at self-betterment, and marking progress. The lists I made throughout high school seem simple…pushing for a specific race time in cross country or track, trying out for plays and musicals, wanting to be asked to the homecoming dance, aiming for a particular GPA, and vying for my first kiss [which I did receive my junior year. In a school play as I played the role of a Jamaican maid named Mimosa. Oi.]
It is interesting to observe this entry, because I wrote it while I was in college, and it seems that, as I’ve grown, my goals have become more general compared to those I made in high school: practice hospitality, be active, make things with my hands…
While I’m beyond the confines of secondary school, I can’t help but wonder whether being specific in the making of goals would make a difference in my achievement of them. What do you think? Does being specific make a difference?