I have been working on a goal project for over two years. So much of that time was spent on editing, organizing and trying to clearly share my focus. I am so happy and excited to announce this vision, those thoughts, the passion…is now a reality!!
I want to share my passion for goal-setting, goal-focusing and the importance of goal-progress celebration with a giveaway –
- I am giving away FOUR unique electronic personalized goal seal badges to help you focus on your current goal!
- TO ENTER simply become a follower of my blog, if not already
- and post a comment in this post below with your favorite positive quote and the keyword “Giveaway“
- and email me your goal focus or current mantra to email@example.com.
- Once winners are randomly selected I will ask you to email me more details and confirm your email address to send the electronic badge to.
- Goal seals are electronic jpg formatted attachments. The format is similar to the featured image of this post, but the image, colors, and text will be unique to you and your goal.
- DEADLINE to Enter is Friday, Oct. 12th, 2018. Winners contacted by Monday, Oct. 15th, via email.
What exactly is a goal seal? It is a personalized electronic ‘badge’ created personally for you with your current goal focus or mantra. Seals encourage accountability, action plan steps, focus and as a reminder to celebrate your goal progress!
- You can print your unique badge and display it for daily motivation
- Share via your favorite social media site
- Even use it on email signatures or as your personal logo
- Share your badge or simply use it for your own personal motivation
- Final unique badge sent to you via email – JPG format (easy to download and use a variety of ways!).
- Goal seals make unique special gifts for yourself or friends and can be purchased at a low introductory rate of just $5!!
I look forward to hearing from you and celebrating your current goal focus!!!
Recently, I defined self-care, selfish and empowerment. Continuing with that theme I’d like to encourage more self-love through goal-setting. Why goal-setting? Because it’s the first step to encourage action toward what brings you joy! Once you set a goal you can start taking the steps to make that goal a reality. Focusing on your passion/dream/goal is the best way to create peace and empowerment. It allows a process to start in motion and brings opportunities for accountability and accomplishment. It’s got self-love written all over it 🙂
Goals typically fall in a few broad categories. My personal categories that I use are:
- Well-being – Mental and physical health; stretching, walking, meditation, conscious eating, plenty of water. Ask yourself – What are my health goals, what are my limits?
- Spirit – Self-care, gratitude journaling, positive affirmations, create, hobbies. Ask yourself – What brings joy and peace? What nourishes me?
- Circle – Mutual relationships that allow you to give and receive support; family, friends, work friendships, recovery groups, clubs or hobby groups. Ask yourself – Who balances with me? Who supports me and invites my support?
- Productivity – Daily routine; work, volunteering, caregiver, budgeting, learning. Ask yourself – What is my current daily schedule (define it). What do I want my future schedule or routine to look like and consist of?
Once you define your most important goal and research the first few steps needed to make it reality, dedicate time to accomplishing it and celebrate each progress…life will change; you will change…you will be giving much self-love to yourself and trust me, you’ll thank yourself for doing so!
I personally benefit from keeping a journal/calendar to track my progress and keep my to-do lists organized. I’ve been working on a project slowly for a couple of years and look forward to sharing it with everyone very soon! Hint hint…it’ll be giveaway time worthy! I’ll announce that soon! (So excited and giddy, I can hardly hide it).
What goal are you focused on right now? Do you have time dedicated to it daily or maybe weekly? How empowered are you feeling right now?? Comment below or send me an email.
I think there are some misconceptions about what self-care truly means.
Self-care is defined as “self-care is any necessary human regulatory function which is under individual control, deliberate and self-initiated,” by Wikipedia.
And ‘selfish‘ is defined as “concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself : seeking or concentrating on one’s own advantage, pleasure, or well-being without regard for others,” by Merriam- Webster.
While we are on definitions I’d like to confirm one other one; Empower – “to encourage and support the ability to do something and to give someone official authority or the freedom to do something,” according to dictionary.cambridge.org/us.
SO how better to empower ourselves and others than through self-care?
- Learn as much as we can about what we are passionate about.
- Set and accomplish goals that will promote our own well-being so we can either care for others or encourage others to focus on their own well-being
- Create art, resources, tips and guides, and shrae it all with others
How is any of that selfish or self-centered? It’s time to focus on goals and empowering not only yourself, but those around you and those seeking information and encouragement.
Whether you have read about Why Not Wednesday and the other goal-setting days of the week or aren’t sure what I’m talking about I encourage you to celebrate your accomplishments this weekend. Even if your accomplishments were focused on determining what goal or positive routine you want to start and you haven’t taken any steps yet. Acknowledging a goal or new habit is a huge accomplishment!
This weekend (or during a free moment next week) focus on the one thing you want to accomplish right now or new habit you want to incorporate and fill in the blanks:
- My motivation is (fill in this blank) – so I can (fill in this blank)
- My motivation is better health so I can be more active with my friends and family.
- My motivation is to write daily so I can publish my novel finally.
- My motivation is to be a certified nutritionist so I can work for myself and share my passion for health with others.
- My motivation is to save more money each month so I can travel to a national park next year.
When you change the word ‘goal’ to motivation it helps you see it more clearly and by answering ‘so I can…’ it forces you to focus on your ‘why’ and outcome. For me personally, motivation gets me more excited and determined than the word ‘goal’.
Once you have your goal/motivation set and focus on your why you can develop your action plan (to do list) easier.
Using the last example above you could start your action plan with:
- Research transportation methods and costs to the state you want to visit
- Tally up all costs related to trip then figure out how much you need to save each week.
- Start putting together trip agenda
- Discover the best time of year to travel there
- Open up a new savings account to better track savings.
What is your current motivation?
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It can be difficult to take a leap and begin the work needed to achieve a goal. Any type of goal can be life changing; focusing on your health, changing careers, starting a relationship or business, writing a novel, etc. Even a chosen change can bring on a bit of stress. Goals are fluid though, they change as you need them to, they do not happen overnight and you have complete control.
This is one of my favorite quotes – You can’t edit a blank page. As a writer I have sat in front of many blank screens and notepad pages and felt renewed when the page becomes alive with thoughts translating into words, paragraphs and scenes.
You don’t need to be a writer to understand a blank page cannot be edited. A goal cannot be achieved or adjusted if it’s never started. I’ve shared some realistic daily steps for goal setting here. If you are looking for a sign to get started, I hope this provides some encouragement as you read. You have the strength and willpower. Anyone that says you can’t do something simply sees their own limitations and fears.
Goals are personal, even if it seems like a common goal such as get healthier or start a business, no one starts this goal focus for the exact same reason or achieves results in exactly the same way.
- Find your why; the reason you want to focus on your goal and the future you envision. Keep that ‘why’ close to you throughout your journey.
- Dedicate time to your goal and the steps needed; small steps are still steps!
- Embrace your reason, your way, and your uniqueness.
- Find your circle of support!
- Take care of yourself no matter what type of goal you work toward, support your own mental and physical wellbeing. Caring for yourself is never selfish
What is your focus? What are you filling your page with? Remember, you’re capable, you’re unique and you have the willpower!