november goals

NOVEMBER-GOALS

 

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So, goals. Do you make goals? I know that I make goals. I always say that even if I’m not busy with my hands, I’m busy in my mind. But, one thing I’ve noticed is that my goals are always SO BIG and most of the time kept in my head or on a scrap piece of paper that gets tossed away or piled up in another stack.

After Making Things Happen, a workshop I attended a couple weeks ago, I was so inspired by photographer Nancy Ray and the way she spoke about measuring her goals. She is so inspiring, but so normal and humble, too. She certainly gets a lot done…but a lot of what she gets done is just stuff that most of us would do, she just keeps track of it.

In the past 4 months, I’ve started keeping just 3 must do goals each day. I set one goal that I call my “Mrs. Morgan goal”, because I ask Mike what he’d most like to see happen in our home or family that day. Then, I set one goal for my personal business and one goal for The Influence Network. It helps me to know that even if I only get those three things done each day, I can call my day a success. Plus, at the end of the day, I can look back and see what I’ve accomplished.

One thing I was running into though was making my goals too big to realistically call just ONE goal. I would say like “fold 5 loads of laundry” or “get X part of the Network fixed”. Those kind of goals are the ones that set you up for failure.

I think goal-setting is a unique skill, and it’s one I want to improve on. So, I’m making a plan to share my monthly goals on the first of the month and do a wrap up on the last weekday of the month.

My goals for November are:

I would LOVE if you’d like to link up and share your goals. I hope it’s super life giving to you and that we can learn together what kind of goals set us up to complete important things and what kind of goals just set us up for failure. I’ll do another post at the end of the month with how I did with my goals. Nancy talked about how her first months publicly setting goals were AWFUL because she would aim too high. She said each month she’s learned something about herself and actually doing the important things.

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31 Comments

  • Reply November 1, 2013

    Charlie H.

    Best pine candle–Bath and Body Works Fresh Basalm. It’s like a Christmas tree in your living room.

    • Reply November 1, 2013

      Erinmarie

      I totally agree! The best christmas tree smelling candle EVA!!!!

  • Reply November 1, 2013

    Ginna

    I love monthly goals! I’ve been writing them each month for the last four years. In fact, every month I look back at what I put on them the last few years and it’s funny how much I’ve accomplish… and also how so many of them are the same each year. ;) Oh well, crossing things off makes me happy.

  • Reply November 1, 2013

    Ashley

    Friend, love your goals. I’m a terrible goal setter because I feel like I have to get things done immediately if I plan for them. I’m going to try this out, think it may be good for me:)

  • Reply November 1, 2013

    Sarah

    There’s plenty of pine candle options out there this year, but the best ever is Merry Moose of Maine’s Maine Balsam. Trust me: Us Maine-iacs are pine tree experts. ;)

    • Reply November 1, 2013

      Tiny Twig

      I love that! I love Mrs. Meyer’s Iowa Pine, but I’m alway so afraid they will discontinue it. I’m SO picky about my pine smells…it’s my VERY fave smell, and I have a particular pine-y fragrance I like…no too sweet, no undertones of berry, etc. I’ll look up your suggestion! Grateful for you!

    • Reply November 18, 2013

      Courtney

      OK I just gotta say I took your recommendation and bought one of these candles. It really is the best pine smelling candle ever! What a great little company. Thanks so much for sharing.

      • Reply November 18, 2013

        Sarah

        I’m so glad you liked it! xo

  • Reply November 1, 2013

    November goals

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  • Reply November 1, 2013

    Ashley Brooks

    I love the idea of public goals. Sharing your plans with others somehow keeps you on track. And I think it’s awesome that you ask what your husband would like to see happen in the household! It’s easy to focus on what’s a priority for ourselves and forget others may need something from us, too. My big November goals are to finish knitting the baby sweater for my friend (my biggest knitting project yet!), blog daily tips for writers participating in National Novel Writing Month, and get the house deep cleaned before winter hits.
    As for pine candles, Barnes and Noble carries one I love. I haven’t splurged and bought it yet, but I stop by and smell it whenever I’m there :) It’s by Paddywax, but I’m not sure of the scent name.

  • Reply November 1, 2013

    Hanna

    I’m totally a goal-oriented person. In fact, I always feel a little lost when I’ve tried to quit making lists. To-do lists give me a sense of direction and a structure that I need to thrive. My main goals for this month are to finish one thing per week from my to-refashion&to-mend pile, exercise regularly (at least 3 times a week) and organize my studio-bedroom. Of course, there are a million little things that need to get done on a daily basis, but I think putting your main goals on paper helps to prioritize.

    • Reply November 1, 2013

      Tiny Twig

      Perfect! Yes, tons of daily to-do’s…but the main goals are good to keep in mind! I need to see the forest through the trees most days, and that’s why I’m working towards setting goals–and then also breaking my goals into very small actionable steps. :) Excited to hear about how your studio comes along, especially!

  • Reply November 1, 2013

    Nadine

    Alrighty. I think I might finally write some goals. I’ll see over the weekend if I’m brave enough to share them online.

    • Reply November 1, 2013

      Tiny Twig

      I think you can do it! Think semi-bite sized. :) Better to start small and accomplish them than to start with grandiose plans and fall flat in discouragement. YOU CAN DO IT. <3

      • Reply November 6, 2013

        Jessica Diaz

        So true! I’m learning to teach goal setting in my counseling classes (mostly for addictions, but it applies to everyone…) and the common thought is: Think small, even tiny. One tiny success does so much more positive work for your brain and soul than a medium or large-sized attempt with no results.

  • Heard about this link-up from Jacey at The Balanced Wife. I have been posting my monthly goals for a few months now, so I am really excited that you’re doing a link-up! I find it so inspiring to read what others are accomplishing.

    • Reply November 1, 2013

      Tiny Twig

      Perfect! Can’t wait to check out how you’ve progressed in your goal setting. It’s kind of hard at first, don’t you think?? :)

      • Yes – it’s also hard when you write goals then promptly forget about them! I need to figure out a better system for keeping my goals top of mind.

  • Reply November 1, 2013

    Holly

    Awesome set of goals for November! I posted my goals earlier today. I, too, was inspired by Nancy Ray at MTH. Trying to keep my list short and attainable. :)

    http://hollymeyerdesign.com/blog/2013/11/1/november-2013-goals

    • Reply November 1, 2013

      Tiny Twig

      She’s such a doll. Can’t wait to head over and check yours out. :)

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  • Reply November 2, 2013

    Casey Chappell

    I’ve NEVER regretted buying an anthro candle. They are expensive… but they LAST down to the last drop of wax and smell divine. Check out the volcano one… to me it has a pine element in it. If not, I’m sure they have one you’d like. And the containers are usually so pretty! MTH is awesome isn’t it!!! It’s been lifechanging for me.

  • Reply November 2, 2013

    Traci

    I’m trying to figure out my goals since everything I’ve ever wanted to do is rushing into my head right now. I have to learn to discern what is for right now and what’s for later. I wish that came naturally for me.

    I’ve been loving the Target soy candles recently. Over the summer they had one that smelled exactly like the blue jar candle from Anthro. I’m not sure the exact name but they are on an end cap – set apart from all the rest of the candles but still near them. They have a pine one!

  • Reply November 2, 2013

    Sarah

    I told my husband once that I think I’m more of an idea-person than a doer, and he told me, “no, I’m sure you’d do it all, you just don’t have time to!” So, your insight into choosing smaller “real” goals is timely, if not necessarily what I want to hear ;).
    My goal for November: work less on my online life and more on my children. Speak the gospel to whoever will listen (however scary that feels). And WRITE.
    There. That felt good, actually!

  • Reply November 4, 2013

    Mandie

    I’m so glad for the invitation! This is just what I’ve been needing!

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  • Reply November 5, 2013

    Felicia

    I was touched by your Mrs. Morgan goal :) This sounds like such a wonderful way to let your special someone know that you’re thinking of them! I am going to start doing this!

  • Reply November 8, 2013

    November Goals

    [...] I’m a list maker, a notepad and pencil queen who honestly loves the sight of her own handwriting. Goal setting is something I’m quite good at, goal attaining is where I fall short. I fall short when my goals are too broad and unspecific, but mostly when I keep them to myself. When I chose to keep things in the dark, my goals aren’t nourished or cultivated. They die from the lack of encouragement and excitement from those around me.  They become squelched by lies within my head.  This month I’m sharing my goals with you because I want your encouragement. I long for your accountability, and excitement. Not to boast. Not to glorify ME.  I have three goals for three different categories. 1. Blog * finish learning DSLR terms and settings / learn photoshop lightroom * apply to a new ad network/group * post 5x/ week, scheduling out in advance 2. Wife * meal plan each Sunday night * practice No-Excuse November  * keep to my cleaning/working schedule 3. Mama  * Take family pictures for Christmas cards * Schedule my time with Harrison, not just when he demands it * Wake up early to enjoy alone time Help hold me accountable to these goals. I would be honored to know what your goals are and how I can encourage you this month. linking up with Haley from The Tiny Twig [...]

  • Reply November 8, 2013

    November Goals

    [...] I’m a list maker, a notepad and pencil queen who honestly loves the sight of her own handwriting. Goal setting is something I’m quite good at, goal attaining is where I fall short. I fall short when my goals are too broad and unspecific, but mostly when I keep them to myself. When I chose to keep things in the dark, my goals aren’t nourished or cultivated. They die from the lack of encouragement and excitement from those around me.  They become squelched by lies within my head.  This month I’m sharing my goals with you because I want your encouragement. I long for your accountability, and excitement. Not to boast. Not to glorify ME.      I have three goals for three different categories. 1. Blog * finish learning DSLR terms and settings / learn photoshop lightroom * apply to a new ad network/group * post 5x/ week, scheduling out in advance 2. Wife * meal plan each Sunday night * practice No-Excuse November  * keep to my cleaning/working schedule 3. Mama  * Take family pictures for Christmas cards * Schedule my time with Harrison, not just when he demands it * Wake up early to enjoy alone time Help hold me accountable to these goals. I would be honored to know what your goals are and how I can encourage you this month. linking up with Haley from The Tiny Twig  [...]

  • Reply November 25, 2013

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