Last year I started what I think will be a yearly tradition for me — taking a moment to both review the past year’s accomplishments and to also set goals for the year ahead.
My notable achievements for last year:
- Kept my commitment to write a blog post every week, writing 51 new blog entries. (I only missed a couple last January — obviously I have trouble being on time in the first weeks of the year… for example, this post is two days late. Apologies.)
- Pitched my book to a number of big, traditional publishers including Harper Collins, McGraw-Hill, Simon and Schuster, Random House, Farrar-Straus-Giroux, Harvard, Berrett-Koehler, Hyperion & Penguin. (If you’re curious, they all “passed.” I still view this as an achievement, however, as it’s not all that easy to get an agent who can get one’s work in front of all these folks.)
- Performed in 12 more Group productions: 9 in January & 3 in June.
- Celebrated the Chinese New Year in Chinatown, LA. (A truly fun, amazing experience!)
- Attended the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards.
- Spoke @ ICF-Los Angeles, Career Synergy, ASTD-Westside, ASTD-Los Angeles, Mount St. Mary’s College Leadership Institute, Circle of Change Leadership Conference, ISPI, and the La Cañada Flintridge Kiwanis Chapter. (At 8 events, this isn’t too far off of my goal of averaging one per month.)
- Renamed my blog “The Work Revolution.” (I’ve searched for a long time to find a title which encapsulates everything I write about here.)
- Contributed to the MIX Hackathon “Communities Of Passion” report (check out the 3 categories I suggested on Page 10 and “Build A Strengths-Based Culture” on page 25).
- Joined the Young Entrepreneur Council.
- Turned 30. (Holy s#*t, how did that happen?)
- Went to Disneyland 6 times. (Not bad since we just got our passes in June!)
- Visited Charleston, South Carolina. (I had never been to that part of the country before.)
- Upgraded my phone from an iPhone 3G to an iPhone 4S. (May sound trite, but this is essentially like trading in one’s horse and buggy for the Starship frickin’ Enterprise.)
- Became the 3rd (or 2nd, depending on how you look at it) Strengthscope USA Business Development Partner.
- Met a whole bunch of crazy-awesome people. (I’d start listing them here, but this post would become far too long.)
My goals for 2012:
- Publish and release my book.
- Travel outside of the US at least once.
- Increase Strengths Doctors revenues and client list.
- Speak more targeted gigs (corporations, conferences, leadership institutes, etc.) and get paid regularly for them.
Do yogaGet some form of physical activity/exercise and floss every day (hey, I like my teeth). (UPDATED 4/10/12 — apparently I’m just not ready for every-day yoga yet! Baby steps.)
My Books by Josh Allan Dykstra on January 19th, 2010
Dismissing Generation Y by Josh Allan Dykstra on August 20th, 2012
Going To The GRAMMYs & The Disappearing Mainstream by Josh Allan Dykstra on February 14th, 2011