January, named for the god Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions. The turning of the New Year, the arbitrary change of the calendar’s face from a previous year to another…
Another new year.
The assumption of change and transition. But, how do we know what we are transition to if we don’t take the opportunity to know exactly who we are transitioning from?
It seems to me the setting of arbitrary goals, making resolutions is useless and meaningless if we’re not taking into account a full view of who we were, who we are and whom we aught to be. We need to develop realistic expectations of ourselves, looking at what we know we have accomplished, what we are currently working toward accomplishing and what the next logical steps to new goals should be based upon that. to grab expectations out of thin air and expect to be able to fulfill is a useless gesture, an act based on socitial expectation and not the reality of who we are as human beings.
So what if another year passed. I’m only one year wiser if I were to truly reflect on the previous year, ascertain how I measured to the previous year’s benchmarks, fulfilled my own key performance metrics and performed absolute goal setting for the next twelve months. Since I didn’t necessarily participate in goal setting based on the turning of the calendar, I’m already down one third of the necessity.
Where we fail on New Years Resolutions isn’t in the resolution itself, it is in the preparation to creation. We choose goals because we feel we must and make them with a knee jerk reaction, not taking into account our own self-knowledge.
For example, the “gym” resolution just to pull a quick one… we all know we should get in shape, we should work toward longer term physical fitness. We follow social expectation by setting going to the gym to get in shape as a resolution. We join a gym. we pay in advance hoping that money will be enough to compel us. We might even go the first few times. Then we go less, and less. we allow ourselves to fail. we collapse not because we lack the conviction.
Because we chose a chose the wrong goal we are destine to fail.
If we determined what our real strenghts were, if we understood how our real drive works we could set realistic expectations, and in such we would put together real performance indicators that allowed us to track our success.
We wouldn’t join a gym to get in shape we would identify what we do well physically and build upon that, we would set the goal of getting in shape around that and design indicators that tell us if we’re making progress…
so what does this have to do with brewed beers?
well, a good brewed beer takes practice to get correct. It takes time to develop the right recipe. It requires incremental steps to develop. It’s exactly how we should approach our own self-development. I’m not a beer brewer but I have several friends undertaking the task as they went from being drinkers to concourses as tasters to getting homebrew kits and experimenting to now taking their base skills to new hights. They couldn’t accomplish this if they didn’t identify the interest, then progress through the steps and do it as it felt natural and invigorating. It’s not like they were just gifted a beer making kit as a, say, wine drinker and started brewing beer because that’s becoming something cool to do and decided, hey, i’ll have a brewery in a year. that’s not effective, but how they grew was and it’s a great way to look at it in our own lives…