Thinking Out Loud

November 2, 2013

What Have You Accomplished This Year?

Filed under: blogging — Tags: , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 10:43 am

I was taking Michael Hyatt’s annual reader survey when I hit this question:

What are you the most proud of having achieved in the last 12 months?

Uh…say that again?  I stared at the screen and was tempted to type “n/a” as I had on a previous question. It’s been a busy, stressful, hectic, frustrating year in many respects, but the question was framed in a very positive way. In all the running, chasing, doing, striving…surely there was something I could type the box to answer Question 20.

blank calendarMaybe I hadn’t set proper goals.

That’s because I entered the year in a state of stress, chaos, confusion, frustration; and never really sat down with a blank slate to map out a plan of where I wanted to be, for example, by November.

Or maybe I was so busy being the hamster running around inside the wheel that I never stopped to do whatever it is hamsters do when they contemplate the big picture.

Or maybe there are some macro things happening right now that I’m not seeing clearly because I am too busy focused on the micro, or focused on things that can be quantified when the quantities don’t look so great.

So I ask you:

What are you the most proud of having achieved in the last 12 months?

I answered the question with something about feeling gratified that I had been able to expand my reach and influence. That’s true of my 1:1 dealings with people and the places where this blog goes, as a whole; although again, if quantified, readership was actually down slightly this year. More than slightly this summer.

But then to brighten my day yesterday, this interview got published on a respectable media platform. So maybe life ain’t so bad.

When you have a minute, this old-school blog still has a blogroll, which lately is considered quite uncool. However, for a limited time, I’m revealing many of the news sources that contribute to the Wednesday Link List. Scroll down the page and look for the section labeled, All The News All The Time.


  1. Looking back on this, I realize you’d normally write a column like this in late December; but I think it’s better to do so now, when you and I can still make changes that can affect this year.

    Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — November 2, 2013 @ 10:44 am

  2. I have accomplished (finally) the ability to put my impulsive nature into control mode. I used to act on emotion or a whim and go off in a direction that God did not lead me. This year I have trained myself to pray first. And a few times when I did make an impulsive commitment, I called and retracted. A big deal for me!

    Comment by yokedwithhim — November 8, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

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