The following blog is written by Audrey Hayes, Elevate’s Creative Director, as she shares the vicious cycle she many times experiences around the new year (and how she plans to make a change in 2018). Enjoy!

 

Anyone else out there feeling the constant battle between discovering new, worthwhile ideas, but having too many to actually achieve them all?

 

The problem I encounter as an insistent quick start (ask us about discovering your wiring–it’s super cool!), goes something like this:
  • I tend to be quick to come up with new ideas. (When isolated, this statement isn’t bad).
  • I tend to be passionate about all these ideas. (Uh huh. We’re getting a little closer to the problem).
  • I want to go after and achieve all of these ideas. (Keep going. We’re almost there).
  • I have little patience when it comes to waiting, and tend to want immediate results. When that’s not possible, I feel overwhelmed, discouraged, and ready to hit the brakes on making progress. (Ding, ding, ding! We’ve hit the gold).

I’m being fully transparent when I say…

After setting New Year’s resolutions, I often find myself discouraged at the end of the year. Because of my long list of dreams mixed with my little patience for slow progress, I find myself making no progress at all–––yikes! What a vicious cycle I’m living.

 

For the first time ever, I’m finally able to recognize this cycle and can put a finger on why I face these challenges. (Seriously, ask us about wiring–it’ll change your life!).

 

So, what’s a girl to do?

They say admitting you have a problem is the first step in overcoming a challenge. So here I am. In my greatest effort to be transparent, honest, and real, I’m admitting to you that I have a problem…

 

And I’m ready for a change

Now that I know what keeps me from making progress toward my goals and can admit I need a change of pace, I’m ready to try a new plan in 2018. After listening to others’ advice and reading how-to books from acclaimed authors, I’ve come up with a list of what I think will be truly life-changing steps to take this year. If you relate at all to what I’ve shared in this blog, I invite you to join me on this journey. So, here we go:

 

Start with you

  • Find the freedom to be who you’re made to be. Learn more about your wiring and discover the many gifts you add, as well as challenges you might face, and see how to put guardrails and guidelines in place to help you be your best self.
  • Dream, ideate, brainstorm–it’s part of what makes you, you! Don’t let the fear of being overwhelmed keep you from doing what you enjoy most.

Here’s where it gets tricky

If you’re anything like me, these steps might not be as natural for you to complete. But man, they’re oh so worth the time and effort.
  • Prioritize your goals. Really think about that one thing (maybe two, because come on, you’re still a quick start at heart) you absolutely want to achieve. Find freedom in saying no to the others, at least for now.
  • Create a plan. Include baby steps. You and I might tend to be big-picture thinkers, and that, my friend, can be a value-add. But in this case, we need to challenge ourselves to bring it down, narrow in, and set small, measurable, action steps.
  • Track your progress. Whether it’s setting specific deadlines, using a goal-setting app, or journaling about your journey, be sure to track the progress you’ve made.
  • Ask a friend to hold you accountable. This is huge! Sometimes we need to invite someone else into our journey to help us stay on track. I don’t know about you, but I many times need a good come to Jesus meeting from a friend to help me get out of my rut, and onto my dreams.
  • Celebrate! ‘Nough said.
So, there ya go–you’ve heard my best shot at encouraging those who are wired similarly to me in this new system I’m getting ready to implement.

 

Thanks for listening to my perspective on goal-setting, particularly around the new year. Let me know if you plan to join me in this challenge, and keep me posted on your progress!

 

PS – If you missed last week’s blog, take a look to hear our Director of Experience share his perspective on the new year.