Try This: Brainstorm a List of Goals

     Even if you are a planner, even if you journal regularly, even if you feel positive about the direction you are headed, every once and a while brainstorming a list of your goals can be a powerful experience.  I typically only think about goals in terms of what I might be able to do in an upcoming month, or my focus for a new year.  In this exercise, you keep writing goals until you can’t think of anymore.  Often, goals or ideas or tasks will roll of your pen pretty quickly.  Then, you might write about something else, and then you will come to another goal or two. 

     Why is this good?  It’s good to clear your mind and your emotions.  All of those goals and ideas are meshing around in your subconscious all the time.  It is good to dump them onto the page where you can bring awareness and engagement to them.  Just the fact that you are writing them down, make them more likely to happen, and makes you more likely to take them seriously—even the big, wild ones.  Sometimes, allowing yourself some big, wild goals will spark a small, but interesting step you can take this week.  That gives you freshness and momentum and new excitement in your daily routine.  I made a list recently.  At the time, I was not pushing myself to come up with as many ideas as possible but I quickly rattled off ten goals/goal areas I was interested in for the immediate future.  They were:

  1. Finish the book I’m currently reading (Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas) and read another chapter of Bare, by Susan Hyatt.
  2. Write five blog posts this week.
  3. Finish several sewing projects that are almost ready to be quilted.  Make a house quilt block.  Go to an upcoming sewing day.
  4. Finish my last two water colors from my Let’s Make Art Subscription Box.
  5. Start walking 30 minutes daily and doing 5 yoga poses before bed.
  6. Do my Imperfect Hospitality Bible journaling kit.
  7. Follow up with a Pro Bono Client, finish module 13 in my coaching course, and exchange feedback forms with my coaching buddy.
  8. Clean the house!
  9. Make a self-care goal—Make a list of self-care ideas that are easy and meaningful to me.
  10. Come up with another writing goal.  Do I want to look into nonfiction publications or something else?

None of the items on my list feel especially exciting to me, but they could become exciting once I started taking some steps—getting into possible publishing goals or a new writing project in in #0 probably holds the greatest promise for excitement and potential, but creating my own special list of self-care ideas would be exciting to me on a personal level.  I had no idea I wanted to do that until I started journaling about it.  The items I am sharing with you here are from my morning pages this week.  Since I got them down on paper, I have completely knocked out the several of these!  How?  I just picked a few that seemed doable and started on them.  Sometimes, I can get stuck because I don’t know the right thing to do, and I spin my wheels waiting for clarity.  What I did differently this week was simply choose a couple of goals to commit to just for the week.  It helped tremendously to know that I wasn’t locked in for more than a week.  Then, next week, I can reassess and choose different goals or take the ones I am currently focused on to the next level.  Now, I am wondering, How long will it take me to knock out all ten of these?

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