I love reading other blogs (you can see some of my favorites in the listing on the left) and sometimes I am inspired by other writers and websites. The other day I clicked on a link to a goal-setting website that promised to help members of the site set “realistic goals.”
I left the home page up for a few minutes thinking about what “realistic goals” means to me. I set some pretty hard goals for myself.
In fact, just to prove my point, of the six professional goals I set in 2008, I only achieved two of them. Likewise for the five personal goals I set last year, I only achieved three of the goals. I set hard goals to push myself.
This year, I set nine professional and five personal goals. One of the personal goals is to run 275 miles this year. I’m beyond thrilled that I’m still on pace to meet that goal because it is beyond any running I have ever done. I’m already thinking about how I can push myself next year.
But that’s why I set tough goals; they are meant to push. They are meant to make you work hard. If they are realistic, what’s the point? If my goal was to run 100 miles in 2009, that would probably be pretty easy for most people (that’s less than 10 miles a month!)
Instead, set hard, audacious goals… they may be harder to achieve and you may not achieve the final goal as much, but you’ll be much better for it.
Well, this is the last day without any baseball until the Fall Classic crowns the 2009 baseball champion. The All-Star Break is always a fun and relaxing moment for players and fans. Growing up, the All-Star game was always fun to watch because I loved a lot of the guys playing and it meant the baseball season had reached the half-way point.
When it comes to you and your life, you’re the best and you should be treated as such. When was the last time you took a break for you? Better yet, when was the last time you celebrated reaching the half-way point of a project or a goal?
Are you training to run a marathon? Well, in that training, you should celebrate reaching 13.15 miles!
Are you trying to write a novel? When you finish a short-story, celebrate it!
Are you trying to find a job? Celebrate successes in interviews and keep learning so you can reach your goal of finding your dream job!
It’s important to recognize the small successes along the way towards the bigger goals. By taking the time and energy to stop for even a moment and recognize the progress you’ve made, it can help you re-energize for the next push.
Next time you reach a small milestone, celebrate it. A special cup of coffee. A cake with sprinkles! Send balloons to yourself or your team. Celebrate your successes!
(image via Flickr Ficken)
This Week’s Lesson
Don’t say you can’t do something until you’ve tried.
-Linda A’s life lesson from Kansas City, Mo.
Whether you’re a fan of the band Journey or not, I’m sure you’ve heard the song: “Don’t Stop Believing.” It’s a great motivator when you’re down and need a musical pick-me-up. It’s always tough doing something you’re nervous and unsure about. It’s especially tough when you’re 24 years old and trying something for the first time.
In March of 2008 I was giving a workshop at the Beyond Rubies Women’s Conference at Kirkwood Community College and I had a picture of a flower as the background on one of my slides. Then I spoke about how I’d recently started painting. If you’ve heard me speak, you know part of my message is focused around helping you believe that with your passions, anything is possible! Well, as luck would have it, a woman spoke up and said, “You should paint that.” Sadly, I laughed at her and said I couldn’t.
On my drive home I realized what I’d done and made a vow that the next time I presented at Kirkwood I would have a paiting of that flower to prove I could do it! Not only did I do it, but this weekend I am showing some of my photography and paintings in a local art show here in Kansas City! And one of the paintings I am showing is this flower. I just wanted to share that story with you to help you focus your energy on your passions to not only help you believe anything is possible, but also, remind you that if you want to do something – you can! Don’t stop yourself and don’t stop believing!
This Week’s Lesson
Change is going to happen whether I embrace it or fear it. It’s a lot easier to embrace it.
-Sue P’s life lesson from Cedar Falls, Iowa
If you’re reading this Thursday morning, I’m under the knife undergoing some changes. If you’re reading this later in the day, the change is complete, but I’m probably not coherent enough to talk about it… or talk at all! (just an fyi, I’m having my wisdom teeth taken out!) But it was time for change and so for some unknown reason, I chose to get four teeth taken out.
I will be better for it and so will you! No no no… I’m not suggesting you schedule to have yours out! I do ask for you to look at something in your life you’ve been wanting and maybe even pining to change but you constantly stop yourself and make excuses as to why you’re not making the needed changes. It’s time you start to embrace change!
Last week I mentioned I had reached the two year mark for my company and while I still have a lot of goals I haven’t achieved with this venture, I continue to change how I’m going to get there. (I bet you didn’t know the name for my first year was Winglight Productions?) I loved it, but I needed to make the change to make business easier. Each of us has simple changes we can make to help us achieve our goals or eliminate stress. What change can you embrace today? Who knows… you may even find new happiness, or joys, or love or just a relaxing evening! Good luck!