Recently, I remembered that goals are good. Not exactly an earth shattering realization, I know, but it was a major realization for me!
It took several hours of internet
procrastination research but finally it I was reminded that ambition and drive without specific attainable goals will get you nowhere, FAST!
In a past life, not that long ago I was a MAJOR planner.
Then that over there.
And, TA DA… SUCCESS!
It was my natural process until I let myself grow cynical.
Once upon a time, I was young and fresh out of college, with perfect plan firmly in hand, ready to succeed when suddenly…
A major unplanned bump in the road! Being an eternal optimist, I took the bump in stride, adjusted my course and set out again, bright eyed and full of hope, when….
Another bump. Followed by another, and another and another and another….you get the picture.
Again and again the road map to success was ripped, and torn, and crumpled, and trampled, and scribbled on, and mistreated until finally I could hardly remember what the original plan had been and where I’d hoped it to go.
I was devastated and exhausted.
I felt absolutely defeated.
Except really, my life was not nearly so tragic as I make it sound. I had food in my belly, clothes on my back, a roof over my head and an army of people at my beck and call who loved and supported me 100%. I had zero to feel defeated about. Looking back I know that my depression was my own making. I wanted to SUCCEED, ACHIEVE and SHAKE THE WORLD! When I didn’t, no matter how many other good things came my way I still felt like a failure.
I still struggle with that, but that's another post.
The final nail in my inner planner's coffin was when I read this…
"We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us." ~Joseph Campbell
Immediately, I made the decision to toss planning my future out the window. Instead I’d embrace one step at a time, one project at a time, one success or failure at a time. I’d fly by the seat of my pants and roll with the punches.
No plan meant nothing to be disappointed about when life took a u-turn.
Except, now I find myself flitting about, no plan, no path, no production and most importantly NO GOALS!
And remember... GOALS ARE GOOD!
Cue, A Round of Words in 80 Days. Kait Nolan's blogged words of wisdom are very “Pollyesque”, and so it didn’t take long before I was 100% on board with the challenge! (Here is one of my recent favorites)
This is a challenge primarily designed for writers, but the principles could be easily applied to ANYTHING.
Step 1: Set realistic measurable goals.
Step 2: Share goals with others.
Step 3: Check in twice a week to remain focused and accountable.
So here goes,
Goal 1: I will spend 1 hour, three times a week, dedicated to creating. Whether I write, take pictures, design, or craft, I will allow myself time to indulge in my passions without worrying about an end product to show for it.
Goal 2: I will take time to connect to the online community. I will spend 30 minutes every day connecting to brands and bloggers who I relate to, so that we can swim around in our liked minded awesomeness together.
Goal 3: I will write 500 words a week for the “top secret” Jessica and Mandy project. Every project has to start before it can be finished. I hear by pledge to GET THINGS STARTED!
Well, that’s it.
I’m a little late to the party… but better late than never RIGHT?
Wanna dip your toe in the pool too? Visit the Polly Facebook Page and declare to Pollyland your own personal goal.
Hurry before I bust open the #failureismybitch pinata without you!