Last year I had a long list of resolutions for 2009, thirteen to be exact:
1. Earn straight A’s in Winter 2009, Spring 2009 and Autumn 2009 quarters
2. Get a summer internship in human capital consulting
3. Have a consulting job offer in hand by the end of the year
4. Take 1st place in a national case competition
5. Become president of at least one Fisher College student organization
6. Create from scratch five new things to make the Fisher College a better place (new programs, classes, events, workshops, organizations, ideas, etc…)
7. Take the whole year off from drinking any alcohol
8. Teach yoga again regularly, starting in Winter quarter
9. Get back to a daily personal yoga practice
10. Get to bed by 10pm every night
11. Learn how to do a standing back flip
12. Get back down to 215 lbs
13. Learn Japanese again
Looking back at them, I only accomplished a handful of them (which D-Day loves reminding me), but they were such stretch goals that I still had an amazing year with some great personal and professional accomplishments.
This year I just have one resolution:
1. Achieve balance.
This past year I found myself a little out of balance at times from a number of things, especially this past autumn quarter. Some of these inner struggles included:
Living on a student budget vs. Enjoying life
Going out with friends vs. Getting enough sleep
Taking the lead on projects and groups vs. Not spreading oneself too thin
Getting good grades vs. Trying to find a job/internship
Having time alone vs. Spending time with loved ones
Doing anything on the weekend during autumn quarter vs. Football
Reading for pleasure vs. Reading hundreds of pages a week for class
Eating healthy vs. Enjoying food and drink
The MBA program (and life for that matter) is a constant optimization game. In b-school, the most valuable resource is time, and there is never enough to do all of the things that you’d like to do to the fullest (sleep, go to class, study, work on group projects, participate in or lead student organizations, perform a career search, exercise, go out with friends, spend time with loved ones, travel, go to football games, attend professional development events, etc…).
In 2010, I’m just going to work very hard on balancing everything in my life. No lofty achievement-oriented goals this year, just balance, harmony and contentment.
See you on the middle path,
“Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.” – Robert Fulghum (author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten)