I was in a creative mood yesterday.Merry Christmas! And I wish you much happiness and…
I read 70 books this year.
Sometimes people ask me, “How can you read so much?”
Well, one thing I learned is I don’t set myself a target!
In 2012 I read 50 books. But at the end of 2012 I did not have a goal to “read at least 50 books next year”. Because, how can I know 50 is still a good number? The year 2013 was for me quite different from 2012. I could have read more than 50, I could have read less than 50. There was no way for me to predict. So why bother?
Every systems thinker knows that targets lead to sub-optimization.
When you set yourself a target, either of two things happen:
The main reason people make goals is because it helps them to focus, and it helps to get rid of distractions.
Well, shouldn’t that be your goal as a creative networker?
I focus on removing waste: I don’t watch TV. I don’t drink in bars. And I rarely attend parties. I love spending quality time with friends, but only on my terms.
I focus on making options: I have both paper books and e-books. I have a full backlog ready for reading. And I always bring reading material, wherever I go.
Who needs targets when your days have room and options?
This blog will be enjoying a well-deserved vacation until early January. I wish you a wonderful X-Mas and a Happy 2014! And don’t bother making targets. Just get rid of the waste and create possibilities. And let the good things happen.
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