Monday, November 19, 2012

some thoughts about goals



i'm trying to change how i think about goals and the like. i'll start off by mentioning that i'm a very impatient person. when i have an idea i like to execute it as soon as possible. go all in. this strategy quite often leads to backtracking, redos, and regret. it's the same situation with my long term goals. i'm nowhere near my end goal (opening a real store), but i put myself into a constant state of worry and guilt, like i was supposed to get there yesterday.  i've heard this quote before, but hearing it again in my situation made it ring more true: 

"life isn't a race...it's a marathon". that's why it's called a LONG TERM GOAL, y'all!

i don't want to be too focused on the end part without pay attention to what's happening presently.  i should really be revelling in the process of building my career and living my life to an extent that makes me happy. i don't want to miss the next ten years! i've been working on turning off my rush button and recently a weigh has been lifted. i just do what i can each day to piece together my business, rather than fretting that i'm not doing things fast enough. i'm also working on disabling my personal mentality that there IS an end point. a business is in a constant state of change (hopefully improvement!), and if you think realistically, can a blogger/business owner ever feel like she's done? i have to remember that my goals may change over time, and so may my idea of "success". i have to remember that it if it's gonna be good, it's gonna take time.

how do you stay focused on your long term goals?

7 comments:

  1. Great post. That quote couldn't be more true.

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    1. thanks kelly.. i'm just trying to remind myself of this every day!

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  2. omg.. im in the same spot as you. mid life crisis, should i say? career wise, i feel like I'm doing ok and yet, i feel like i have so much more to give, so much more to be. i feel you when you stated something about that "rush" thought pushing you to do things now... asap. aaaahh!!! the bad thing abt me is that i get stressed so easily over things like this too. but people around me always say to take one step at a time. and i couldn't agree more.

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    1. oh man, what are you workin on mama?

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  3. Love that photo! Just make sure your short term goals always apply to what you want in the long term. Sometimes they won't look like they directly can help, but often figuring out what you don't want also gets you closer to knowing what you do want. Keep your head up!!

    xo
    Sarah

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    1. thanks sarah! i love your advice in "figuring out what i don't want". that is so important -- trial and error :)

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  4. It's all about believing in yourself and giving yourself the credit you deserve for achieving your short term goals. I think that will motivate you to keep going at a positive pace and reduce the anxiety to race to the finish line. Nothing is created with the snap of the finger, you have to crawl before you walk. Take your time and reflect on what you've accomplished already. You seem to be doing great so far!

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