Saturday, April 4, 2009

Reevaluating and Determing What My Goals Really Are

I am completely energized. I spent today attending a Pampered Chef training and then spent almost two hours at the gym reflecting on my 'next steps'.

Having attended my fair share of training sessions and meetings for a variety of reasons, I thought today's session was excellent, and I assure you, I do not make that comment often. The training was enthusiastic and the group was engaged. I was engaged! Yet, as the afternoon wound down, I felt that fear creeping into the back of my mind- how will I maintain this energy? Once I leave the safety of the meeting room, how to I keep my enthusiasm and ensure I put the ideas into action?

Scanning the evaluation form, my fear was solidified when I got half-way down the page: "What 3 goals will be most impactful to your business in the next 90 days?"

Goals? Impactful? 90 days? When I got to the gym, my mind was still lingering on my goals for my business.

My reasons for getting into direct sales was quite easy - money. Money, however, doesn't motivate me. The motivators were on my vision board, and the main one, was my house. (Hence the connection to here). Until now, I thought my motivators were my goals - change the electrical, renovate the basement, have fabulous shoes, etc. I realized today, that if I am to achieve these goals, I need to break them down into smaller goals. It seems SO simple, yet I have been too focused on the big picture, to determine how to navigate through it.

This lead me to David Allen's "Getting Things Done".
I took a day-long workshop last fall, and it changed my worklife. Why not implement it in my home life? David suggests breaking large tasks (in this case, goals) down into their smaller steps. A simple example? I want to read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Burrows. HOW do I do that?

1) Get the book. In this case, it has a hold on it at the library for 4 months.

2) Request the first available copy.

3) Pick it up when available.

4) Read the first page, then the first chapter.... and so on.

SOOOOOO... all this rambling, I am going to do a "mind sweep". I am going to write down EVERYTHING that is on my mind. All the little things I want to do, and I have been thinking I should start. Outside of work, I suspect that most items on my brain are either Pampered Chef or house related. Then I will be able to determine the steps to reach my short-term goals.

1 comment:

  1. you go girl! haha, but really - i love it. You and I should sit down and have a goal setting party! With wine...