Set a realistic date when you plan to accomplish your goal. Don’t commit to “as soon as possible”! If you don’t have a specific deadline for your goal, you won’t have a sense of urgency and you’ll start to put things off. What’s the hurry, if you don’t have a deadline? ~ Goal Setting, Step 4
Uh-oh! How do you even begin to set a deadline for excellence? I reviewed Step 1 to make sure I didn't misinterpret the intial goal-setting. Nope. Don't think so. So how do I go about putting this goal on a time table?
I cannot reconcile attaching my goal of excellence in horsemanship with any tangible thing. I've long held that attaining "level 3 in Parelli" doesn't mean a damn thing, in and of itself. When you boil it down, a colored string isn't much different than a satin ribbon. It means that at one time, by some means, someone thought you could do a certain task or exhibit a determined skill set to a particular criteria.
So how to proceed? I need a deadline. May 22, 2011. I believe, if I go look at his papers, this is Moose's birthday. It's also the one year anniversary of Bleu coming into my life. It seems like a long way off but on that day I'll evaluate my progress towards my goal of excellence.