Kung Hei Fat Choi! It’s Chinese New Year and the general forecasts from Feng Shui masters can make an interesting read. For most of us, this is probably more a fun thing to do and we don’t really believe these forecasts. Or, maybe we choose to believe if the forecasts are positive and about developments that we like, and we choose not to believe when the forecasts aren’t all that palatable. In any case, we can have fun reading and talking about these. Is one’s fortune in the stars, one’s zodiac sign and or one’s horoscope?
In one TV series episode that I recently saw, the protagonist facing an impossible challenge was told that he was lucky that things worked out his way. He retorted that he didn’t believe in good luck and said that he made his own luck. This mindset of us helping create our own opportunities is definitely better than a fatalistic one where you may believe that you are just at the receiving end of good or bad fortune. Focus on our sphere of influence, on the things that matter and where we have impact on.
Another line from the same protagonist caught my attention as well, “I don’t have dreams, I have goals. And I’m ready to move on to the next one.” There’s nothing wrong with having dreams as dreams tend to be bigger and more distant in the future. But unless you break down your dreams into milestones that drive you forward one major step at a time, then maybe your dreams will remain dreams.
The morale of the story? As you review and write down your goals for your development, your career, your life, make it a point to write SMART goals or break them down into specific milestones. That way, you’ve made your own yardstick to know when you’ve reached them and ready to move on to the next one.