Why I am nowhere nearer to organising an event.

Last year I set the goal to ‘Organise an Event’

When I reviewed my goals in January, I had not even decided what I actually want to organise.

I realise why I am continuing to fail and make very little progress.

This comes down to two reasons:

1) The goal is too vague.

2) My own aversion to risk means I struggle to pull the trigger on organising an event.


Too Vague

There are a million types of events I could organise to a variety of different audiences.

Do I want to aim for a profit, or is this purely for the greater good?

Will it entertain, inform?

There are many questions to ask – that is because I have no focus or direction and do not know what to focus my efforts on.

The First Step

To make this goal better I will:

  • Decide what type of event I wish to organise and restructure my goal around this.


Risk averse

When I organised my own event it was the most nerve racking experience of my life – that I said I would never do such a thing again.

So why do I want to organise another event so badly?

I had many fears in that lead up – an act would no show, we would make a loss or a fire would break out killing everyone in the venue.  When none of it happened and my event delivered it was the most satisfying feeling I ever experienced.

I had so much adrenaline running that I did not sleep for another 24 hours – this was the feeling of achievement and I wanted to run an event again.

That was six years ago, so what is stopping me?

It is that fear of failure – but as I have seen the imagined bad situation is never as bad as reality.

The Second Step

To make this goal better I will:

Get over my aversion to risk.  Potential ideas are to go back to running relativity ‘safe’ events to boost my confidence or partnering up to reduce the element of risk.

Where does this leave me?

I have no intention of dropping this goal – I really want to run an event.

However I need to:

  • Decide what sort of event I would like to run, then dedicate time to researching, planning and running the event
  • Take risk management controls to relive myself of fears and get the support of others to help with the running of the event.


When I set this goal, I originally said that I would get it done by the end of the year.  However I think this is making a false sense of complacency in me – therefore, I aim to have a definite plan and have set the organising process in motion by the time I review my goals in June.


Manifesto of Perfection – Goal Setting Month


3 thoughts on “Why I am nowhere nearer to organising an event.

  1. You did a good job of identifying exactly what is holding you back and taking steps to solve those problems. I think this is a great approach. A lot of people never bother to examine exactly why they don’t want to do something, they just think “I don’t want to,” and then the thing never gets done.

    1. Thanks for the comment, I do worry sometimes that I set goals, because I like ‘plans’ and don’t execute them. This is how I am trying to be accountable.

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