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Saturday, October 11, 2014

setting goals


Ideas for Simple and Serene Living
Goal Setting

Yesterday after writing my post on decisions, decisions (you can read it here) I realized that although I am writing a blog about simple and serene living, my own life has become anything but simple and serene. So after a bit of a panic attack I decided it was time to sit down and review my goals. 


The first thing I had to do was find the pad of paper where I had written my goals down. Too many pads of paper. Too much stuff. I need to organize. That will be a future post. 

When I looked at my list of goals, I realized that there were so many that it was overwhelming. Cue another mini panic attack. I was happy to see that I had achieved two of my goals, (new computer and new iphone) so I scratched them off, and wrote thank you beside each one. Such a satisfying feeling. 


I also realized that instead of being overwhelmed by too many goals I needed to pick out two goals I am striving for, write them down on a fresh sheet of paper, and then when I have accomplished one of those replace it with another goal from my long list.

I also realized that I should make my initial goals smaller. Instead of goal number one being a brand new shiny car it will instead be an income that will eventually get me that car. The car will still be a goal, but it will be further down the BIG list. Hopefully some of my initial goals will help to achieve the bigger goals. 


So this was my first step in creating a simpler and more serene life, and I plan to make this a regular feature on my blog. Hmmm, maybe you can figure out what one of my two initial goals was. It was a very doable goal and I think it may lead to fulfilling some other goals.  

I hope these tips for creating a simpler and more serene life will be helpful to everyone. Do you have a goal list?

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P.S. I took these photos when I went to work on my booth this morning. 

16 comments:

  1. Good post! I need to start setting some goals myself. Now that my Mom is moved here and more settled I need to figure out some things for ME! Getting organized remains at the top of my list along with simplify! You can do this!
    hugs,
    Linda

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    1. Getting organized is a big one. I really need to do that too, but I can't seem to map out the time. I guess I will have to set smaller goals of organizing one space at a time then it won't seem so overwhelming. I hope you are taking some Linda time, my friend. :)

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  2. I enjoy your positive thinking and your shop looks great!!!!!

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  3. I think you are doing what's best for you and I know you will succeed. My goals are always broken down into groups...Personal, Home and General. I think this way gets me centered and makes sure that I'm not overdoing one thing over another.

    Jane xx

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    1. Thanks, Jane. Breaking your goals up into groups is a great idea :)

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  4. I know you are strong in your weakness. I love your posts. They are real and thought-provoking. You are great at doing that. I love that little space there. It doesn't need a thing!

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    1. Thanks. I'm feeling happier with my space. Now let the sales roll :)

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  5. I agree it is a good idea to have a direction but to remember to remain flexible. Set a goal and work hard and try your best. There are some days that are simply so much better than others but try to keep a smile and try to look for the good. Blessings, Catherine

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    1. There are definitely up and down days, Catherine. I always look for the good. Sometimes I have to look under a lot of debris to find it :)

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  6. Ah ~ the way your narrowed your focus from the big picture down to a closer introspection tells all, Laura. You are on your way!

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  7. Laura, By simplifying your goals...it may help. Some times we look at the big picture and it becomes overwhelming. If you look at it as two step now and two later...it maybe more attainable.. I wish you the best in all you do. Don't be afraid to look for help in community programs, if you need it. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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  8. I have read many articles and books on goal setting. They all say to break the big goal down to bite size pieces that are easily accomplished and set a reasonable time to accomplish them. Looks like you are on your way of doing that. At least when we break our goals down into small pieces we have a lot of celebrations to motivate us. Oh and it said to read those goals daily so you are focused on them. Something I forget to do a lot, LOL.
    Wish I could visit your booth. Looks interesting.
    Debbie

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  9. Your booth looks great! I've already shopped in your Etsy shop and love my stone rolling pin!
    I love setting goals but recently changed the wording to "setting intentions". I break my intentions down into 5 areas of my life: relationships; work/job/business; home; personal ( mind, body, spirit ); financial; giving/serving. Then I set one intention in each area at a time so I'm working on all areas of my life but only one intention in each area. "Organizing" one small space in my home may be one intention in the "home" category. Making and completing small intentions helps me feel like I'm accomplishing things quicker and feels great! "Buying a car" would come under "financial intentions" and I would list what I need to do to make that happen. Then I would start looking for the car I want. This just happened to us recently and I'll be posting about it soon!
    Have a great day!

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