Life review: How are you achieving your dreams in 2009?

We only have a few more days of 2008. End of year tends to be a reflective time for many people, as we fill out our professional development reports for work, or come up with our list of new year’s resolutions. I came across Randy Pausch’s “The Last Lecture” video recently, and found it really inspiring and well worth the time to watch the complete video.

A little background on Randy Pausch’s life story: Randy Pausch was a professor at Carnegie Mellon and a virtual reality expert. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and told he had “3-6 months of good health” left. In academia especially, there’s apparently a tradition of giving “The Last Lecture”, an opportunity for a professor to ruminate on his life lessons learned and impart his wisdom. He titled his last lecture “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.”

Randy Pausch’s “The Last Lecture” video and book inspired me to narrow my life review for 2008 to ask the following questions:

– What are my dreams / goals in life?
– What specific actions did I take in 2008 to help me achieve a certain dream? – What did I learn from the success or failure of each of those actions?
– Have my dreams / goals changed based on anything that’s happened this year?
– What specific actions do I need to take in 2009 to get me even closer to achieving my dreams?
– What specific actions do I need to STOP taking in 2009?

If better time management is on your list of things to do in 2009, you may also want to check out this other video from Randy Pausch on that very topic: He has some great tips on time management that we can all use because time is not infinite for any of us.

Let’s make every minute a happy and meaningful one. Happy New Year!


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