I have heard that if you really want to archive something, you must set up goals. Merely having those objectives, that is not enough, one must have them written down to keep oneself accountable. Also, my recently qi-kung workshop teacher enlighten me with her wisdom of archiving something great in life, the secret is to accumulate over time, little by little. One more suggestion that I gathered that I have taken into consideration is having a vision for 3, 5, and 10 years. So here are my goals in the big picture and steps in the regular basis to archive them.
3 Years: Able to carry on a conversation in Spanish and improve my German skills (particularly in reading and writing), enrolling in a PhD program.
5 Years: Finishing my PhD program, re-start my educating career.
10 Years: Have a family of my own, working in higher education in a position I am able to influence lives for the better.
To archive that, this is my goals until enlisted in the military:
- Minimum of 30 minutes Rosetta Stone language learning program for each language per day (I will be looking for children’s book in the library for me to start reading as well).
- Spending minimum of 3 hours working on graduate school application process.
- Read at least 2 books in Chinese (books which would help me with my writing or personal improvement in some way) per week
- Read one English book per week
- Write 30 minutes per day
I think they are doable goals and will significantly help me in my future.
Be careful with what you wish for… I am sure you have all heard that saying. This time I have actually experienced its medicine.
My grandma passed away 4 days ago. She has been in the ICU since May. Every time I visited her, I felt bad for her. She was not happy and both her and grandpa were suffering. I wish her misery would end and thought it was the best for the family. Therefore, although her death was expected and I thought I would accept the fact quite easily but I was proven to be wrong today. As I visited her temporary grave, I almost burst out in tears. The reality settled in and I was sad. I still think it is best for grandpa but I would not say this is not how I would like the things play out.
I have a lot of time on my hand these days and I do not think I have use it wisely. Other than interning at the climbing gym, tutoring, Spanish lesson, and reading. I do not feel that the rest of the time at hand was used for my best interest.
I recently read a book “The Heart of a Leader,” one of the passage (it was mainly about quotes and suggestions, therefore, I use the word “passage”) said that the only job we really have in life is to keep learning. How true, the world keep on changing and it is essential for us to keep updating our knowledge. I need to come up with a better plan for this period of time.
Other great quote I read today: “Distance is not for the fearful, it is for the bold. It’s for those who are willing to spend a lot of time alone in exchange for a little time with the one they love. It’s for those knowing a good thing when they see it, even if they don’t see it nearly enough…” It inspires me in so many different ways.