Plans for 2011

Crystal Ball

Crystal Ball

As I’m writing this, it is the morning of the 3rd January 2011. It is a new year lying ahead, full of promises and potential. Many people have made New Years Resolutions that they have already broken, other’s haven’t even started working and are still on vacation or travelling. Schools are only due to open in a week. And most people are making New Years Resolutions. Will they happen? How will we know we managed our resolutions?

And I’m left wondering about success. Why is it that sometimes people are successful, and sometimes not? Well, to be honest, what is success? Oh, and in whose opinion were they successful, or not? Is success the end in itself, or just a temporary pause on the way?

And is success associated with happiness? With feeling good? Feeling good about yourself? Or what about the other people that are not feeling so good about you feeling good? Or is it things (objects; toys; earthly possessions) that make you happy? Owning, dominating, winning? Is it necessary to be happy to be successful?

What will make you happy then? What is happiness? What, very specifically, will make you happy? Are you devoting energy and time and resources to get those feelings of happiness that will make you successful. Oh, is it the other way around?

Personally I have a strong suspicion (I am by no means an expert!) that gazing into a crystal ball to predict the future is not going to bring happiness or success or love or whatever it is that you are craving. Neither will cheating or stealing for that matter, nor will owning lots of goodies or winning. When somebody wins, the other party loses and there can be no happiness.

I think happiness and success are very internally focused. It comes from inside. And it is not associated with getting or receiving or owning or winning, but definitely intimately linked to giving, sharing and encouraging. It is outward bound, away from you, it is losing (so to speak).

I’m going to make two quite sweeping statements. The first is that achieving a goal, any set goal, makes us happy. Of course, to know that you achieved the goal is important, so putting some measurements in place to let you know when you reach that end point will be helpful.

The second statement is that we feel happy when that goal is helping somebody else, making them reach their goal.

So the two summary words are: Do it, for somebody else.

My goodness, I think I’ve just defined the job role of a project manager! Are we a happy bunch or what!


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