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Annum Perdidi?

An approach to having a successful year…

It was reported that the emperor Titus would say he had wasted a day (diem perdidi) if he felt he did not accomplish enough during that day. As a consciencous emperor, a wasted day meant he did not grant enough favors. As we get toward the end of 2013, perhaps a better question to ask is “Annum perdidi?” or was it a wasted year or year of failure?

First of all, what does it mean for the year to have been a failure? For most people, this means looking at the list of goals, what was achieved and what wasn’t. I imagine that most people have a scoring system and weighting system in their minds and some goals such as getting a promotion carry more weights than others. I can’t argue with setting up goals specially SMART ones (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant and Time bound). The only problem is that by the time one waits for the year to be over, it might be too late. In my belief, only a minority of people takes time to set goals and of that minority, few take the time to monitor frequently enough how they are doing on these goals.

Here is another approach to reaching your goals

  1. First, if you don’t have one set an overarching goal for your life. Ideally, it would be something that you are passionate about. If you’re an emperor like Titus, the overarching goal might be something like “to be an emperor who stands for justice for all”, “to be an emperor who brings prosperity” or “to be an emperor who brings peace”. I think every human has something that they are best at and humanity needs them to contribute that talent to the rest of the world no matter how many other people have the same talent. Typically, what they are best at is a combination of talent (they are more skilled at it than most people) and passion. In other words, if you could sum up in one sentence what you want your life to be about, what would it be? (I will write a post on this topic because it is very important)
  2. Live every day, what you want to be. Let your annual goals be directly relevant to who you want to be
  3. Every day, take stock of how you are doing. In other words like Titus ask “Diem Perdidi?”

 A day is too precious to waste. Living the life that you want every day is the best way to avoid having a wasted year.

December 26, 2013 at 10:02 am Leave a comment


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