As the Website title states, the “goal” is to come up with 13 achievable skills that you can set for yourself in 2013 and then work to accomplish them. The key is not to list things you already know about, but to really dig deep and find those things you need improvement on and what you’d like to eventually achieve.
I’m currently busy deciding what I want my 13 goals to be in 2013, but initially I know that one thing I’d like to do is finally complete my “A” License for Skydiving. I really like the premise of 13 Skills being a public way to hold yourself accountable.
Simply listing “Finish A License for Skydiving” is great, but there’s many smaller goals that go into that overall goal being marked as accomplished. I liken this to one of my favorite anally-retentive authors, David Allen, who developed the Getting Things Done (GTD) method. Allen states that an overall goal is achieved with action items, or smaller more easily achievable goals to make up the overall accomplishment.
For instance, the first thing I need to do to accomplish my goal of finishing my A License is to contact the Skydiving location near me and get some pricing. This way I can see how best to budget the expense. Followed next by talking to Kelly and convincing her that I NEED to be jumping out of perfectly good airplanes!
Jack’s got big plans for 13 Skills and it’s currently in beta before the big official launch on January 1st. That means that there may be some issues that are still getting worked out, so keep that in mind when registering. I’m looking forward to where the site goes and continuing to support Jack’s awesome idea!
What are you waiting for? Head on over and challenge yourself!
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