“The secret to getting ahead is getting started”
– Mark Twain
Well. Here it is. I’ve started a website, finally. After talking about it, getting feedback, talking myself into and out of creating one, it’s starting to come together. Meeting resistance head on can sometimes be the biggest challenge anyone can face when starting something new. My brain automatically comes up with all of these doubts like “I don’t have the time for that” or “nobody wants to read what I have to say” or even “what could I possibly share that is beneficial for anyone?”. I’ve made it too easy to keep pushing things I want to be doing onto the back burner for too long. Today, I’m starting a new pattern. Today, I’m putting myself out there. Today, I’m achieving some GOALS. So, what better way to kick things off than a blog post about goal setting? 🙂
One of my favorite practices when setting goals for myself is simple. I get out a lined sheet of paper, and begin making a list. I skip a line in between, and start writing down my thoughts that have become things. They can be as simple as “I saw my first show at Red Rocks” or as big as “I left the country for my first time”. I typically write down anywhere from 5-10 thoughts that have already become things. The spaces in between are where I write down my thoughts I WANT to become things, but as though I’ve already achieved them. “I’ve started my website” or “I live in a home that I own”, “I’m teaching yoga abroad” – you get the picture. I like to take that piece of paper and fold it up, put it in my wallet, and almost forget that I have it there except occasionally when I pull it out to read over it. It’s truly amazing and inspiring to watch yourself check things off the list as they start happening…almost without you even realizing it. My point in sharing this is that we all have goals. We all have visions for where we’d like to be, what we’d like to be doing, etc. but a lot of times we don’t have the “how”. Sometimes thinking about how we’re going to achieve the goals we’ve set for ourselves can be overwhelming and debilitating honestly. So, for me, I make lists. I write the things down that I want to achieve, and I tuck the list away so I don’t get stuck on HOW it’s going to happen. The intention has been set, and I have the ability to take the paper out and remind myself of my goals periodically, then put it away and continue living my life. This may not be the practice that everyone needs, but it works for me. I like to have a visual, a reminder, an inspiration…and that’s what the list does.
SO – I invite you to try it out. Make a list, put it away, revisit it in a few weeks or few months, and see how many things you’re able to check off the list. I know that as of today, I can check off “start a website” from my list, and that feels pretty amazing. 🙂
Happy goal setting!