Back to this earlier post about 'Forging a New Path' to kickstart 2015. Part of forging a new path is knowing which direction you want to go and where you want the path to inevitably lead. While the obvious answer for most people would be "up" or "far," that isn't always necessarily what happens. Through it all, knowing and keeping your ultimate goal in mind helps to clearly lay out the 'new path.' Knowing where you want to go and/or what the end goal is will help forge your new path.
Try and always keep your end goal in mind in everything you do. Goal setting at any time of year, especially at the beginning of a new year when everything seems like a blank canvas waiting to be painted, is an important part of going down the path you choose. Setting benchmarks and measuring yourself personally and/or professionally along the way helps track your progress. A new quote I recently found by Diana Scharf Hunt perfectly sums this up when she said, "Goals are Dreams with Timelines." We all have dreams and aspire to do things but in order to reach that destination, you must set goals along the way of the journey.
Finding tools to help measure these goals and stick to the appropriate timelines is imperative to a productive and successful year. Many people have scoured every book, blog and website for ideas to help keep them organized. Being able to balance your priorities with work, personal life, passion projects and other commitments (and life must be enjoyed somewhere in there too!) can be hard.
I wanted to personally share some of the tools and helpful reads that I've used to help keep me on track:
- The impeccably designed Day Designer (there really is nothing like putting pen to paper to write a to do list)
- Kory Woodard's Goal-setting Sheet for 2015
- The inspirational article "Being a Creative Entrepreneur" by the gals at Braid Creative
- 15 Questions to ask your heart in 2015 by the creative dream team at #fireworkpeople
- Changing and creating effective habits in 21 days: A fallacy or not? Take a read.
- Great reads like 'Make it Happen' by Lara Casey whose highly-recommended book has been on my reading list for months & I'm just about to dive into it.
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