Goal setting? More like Dream Planning!
Goal Setting? More like Dream Planning!
The beginning of the year is prime time for goal setting but I want to talk about more than just goals. I want to talk about dreams! As one year comes to a close, we all look to the next year to give us more. More money, more success, more… fat loss? It is a great time to look for a fresh start, but a new year means nothing if you don’t take action!
For someone, like me, who has both a career and a yarn business, goals can be tricky. My craft business isn’t the only thing in my life I plan for. I have both career and craft goals that I am actively pursuing, but how do I know if I’m taking the right steps to move forward? Am I moving in the right direction? Thinking years in advance… what do I really want to accomplish??
“If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.”
This isn’t my quote and I don’t know where it came from.
You’ll see many people discussing the importance of setting measurable and attainable goals. This is unquestionably important. Listen to that advice! What I want to tell you is a bit different. I’ve always been a pragmatic person. I like to be realistic and actually pride myself on it. That’s why this goal setting method is difficult for me. Take off that pragmatic hat, folks. I want you to set aside some time in your day to figure out if you are moving in the right direction.
We are going to make our Vision Statement.
- A Vision Statement is no more or less than you visualizing where you’d like to be at the absolute pinnacle of your career. This isn’t the job you currently have. This is thinking big picture! What impact do you want to have on the people and the world around you? What do you want your life to look like once you’re standing on the summit? This is the career you want… really want. Think beyond the next step. This is visualizing the life that will really fulfill you.
How to Craft Your Vision Statement
Take these 5 steps seriously because vision statements don’t write themselves!
- Detach yourself from screens and distractions.
- It’s also easy to be drawn into the trap of looking to others for your inspiration. They have their own goals. You are your own person with hopes and dreams. Focus on yourself!
- Find a quiet place with a pen and paper.
- Kids yelling, dogs barking, yarn waiting to become something.. Again, these will limit your reach and you want this to be gooood! Seclude yourself for as much time as needed. At least give me 10 minutes of uninterrupted dream time!
- Close your eyes and ask yourself the hard questions. Take off your pragmatic hat and dream big!
- Just like it says… dream big. Really big. Not just realistic daily goals, but grand plans for the way you want life to look down the road. (Not winning the lottery..) Think of the people you want to impact. Consider all aspects of your hopes and dreams. Don’t be shy or embarrassed. Your dreams are real and valid. This isn’t your 5 year plan.
- Write it down.
- Outline a future that is beyond your current situation. Reach for the absolute top of what you hope to accomplish! It doesn’t have to be pretty. Just get those dreams out of your head and into the physical world where the action takes place! You’ll want to write this down so you can look back on it as a source of inspiration if things get off track.
- Time for action! Make a plan.
- This is your dream life. Will your current path take you there? If not, think about the next step that will point you in the right direction and outline the steps that will take you there and then Get. To Work. Do you want to have a bustling yarn business that inspires? Are you hoping to become a CEO? Whatever that dream future holds, it is possible if you plan for it.. Or at least take the first step. This is where you implement your SMART goals!!
Why do I need to do this?
Until you know where you’d like to end… you can’t know if the path you’re taking is the right one.
“If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” – How amazing is that quote? I want to put it on my forehead.
Only once you’ve got an idea of where you want to go can you plot a course to take you there and jump the hurdles stopping you from reaching it. Things can change and your end goal can shift. That is ok! Vision Statements should be updated annually to reflect changes in our path.
My vision statement encompasses both a career and a craft business because, for now, I need and want both in my life. I am in grad school and designing patterns. I am blatantly ignoring Ron Swanson’s advice. “Never half ass two things. Whole ass one thing.” My vision statement gives me the outline to “whole ass” my life. There are times I put one on the back burner to work on the other. That is ok, too! Take pride in chasing your dreams and don’t be shy about your vision. That’s the only way you’ll ever get there!