Dear 2012: Ready or Not, Here I Come!


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New Years is my favorite time for making goals and concocting plans. I love to wipe clean my giant dry erase board and start fresh, reevaluating the things that I’m working toward and adding new projects to the mix. So every day this week I’m going to post a little prompt, tip or tool to help you get ready for a new year of knocking out goals and achieving big things.

Today I want to answer a question that I received from Lape on setting a goal that is actually achievable. She said, “What is an achievable goal? Self-help books say you should dream big but when I do, I don’t meet my goals so I get disappointed and don’t set any goals at all!”

Plain and simple, it’s something that you have a blinding, sparkling, uncompromising passion for. Big goals will take up a huge chunk of your time, so if that monster passion is not there it might be a good idea to look for something else to focus your attention on for the time being.

Think about why the goal is important to you. Will you wake up in five or 10 years and really wish you had taken a chance? Is it something your are willing to put an enormous amount of time and effort in to?

For me, leaving my 9 to 5 is a huge, life-altering task. It’s a giant, scary mountain of a goal and something I don’t really have a road map for. It takes up a ton of my time and many days I run home from work, have 20 minutes to chill and then I’m headed straight to rehearsal or class. Other nights I’m glued to my computer finishing design work. And as you may have noticed from my previous post, running away with the circus is very expensive.

To help scale a mountainous challenge, I find breaking it up into smaller weekly or monthly items might make it seem more within reach. Create a plan with specific dates, tasks, and numbers so you can gradually work toward the larger goal. [ I have a whole post on writing that plan in a couple days ]

In the end, while it feels amazing to achieve your goal or heartbreaking to fall short, it is all about the process. Yes, I know, you’ve heard it a million times because it’s true. The connections you make, the people you meet, the things you learn, they all add up to that one big thing.

Over the past year I’ve met some of the most amazing, talented performers and some of the most kind, supportive bloggers. An opportunity I wouldn’t have had, had I not fully immersed myself in circus and blog designing.

So, what goals are you thinking of knocking out in 2012 and what roadblocks are you facing? I’ve got a bunch of goal achieving posts coming up and I’m happy to help!

>>> TOMORROW: What if I have no idea what goals to make?


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  1. says

    Oh, wow. I have so many goals for 2012. I want to tone up my entire life: my body, my mind, my stress level, ugh! everything! I’m 23, and I’m just starting into grad school. I just really want to start setting up great habits for the rest of my life.

  2. says

    Aww, Sarah!
    Thanks for answering my question. I’m really tripped you did and I have enjoyed all your posts about goal-setting for 2012. This post has been the most useful for me though. I think the thing I have realised is that if a goal is really big, it may not be finished in a year. I think that’s where I’ve been going wrong. Plus maybe something like ‘start dating a new nice guy’ isn’t really a goal. What do you think about that? I always enjoy your posts about goals and motivation (I think I’ve said that in a comment on another post before) and I look forward to more of them. I also hope to see your whiteboard with your 2012 goals. Are you going to put it up on your blog?

    Many thanks.

    • says

      You’re very welcome – I’m glad it helped. I think meeting a new guy could work, but I’ve noticed that the right person only seems to come along when you’re busy being a badass and living life not worry about it.

      I’m not sure if I will post my vision board this year – it’s just a big list of dates and number this time and I don’t really want anyone form my 9to5 seeing it.