I am a very goal oriented person. That is why I like to join challenges, online or otherwise. One summer a few of us in our local guild decided to challenge ourselves to finish a certain amount of UFOs over summer.
Summer in Arabia is very hot (45C to 50C) and most people leave for three months to escape the heat. But some of us stayed there that year, and got together regularly in the comfort of an airconditioned sewing room to work on UFOs. We all put a “little something” in a bag to reward ourselves at the end of summer, one sewing item for each UFO we were going to finish… and if we finished them we would get our “prizes”.
Some of us reached our goals, but I think the prizes are still in a cupboard in Arabia somewhere, lol! We forgot all about them! I think I should hunt them up when I go back at the end of the year!
For each of us we set personal goals for a set amount of time – summer in Arabia. And this is what goal setting is about. Having a goal with a time limit.
This goal can be personal and not shared, or it can be personal and shared with a few people… or it can be personal and shared with the world on our blogs! (More about that tomorrow.) But it is a personal goal in the sense that it is OURS, not someone elses. We determine what we get done in what time frame… and then set about using some of the strategies we’ve talked about this month to get them done.
Some people don’t like setting goals because they are worried they will fail. I like setting goals because it gives me something to aim for. Otherwise I think, oh, next week I will work on some UFOs… rather than, hey, my goal was to get one done this month – where am I at on that goal?
If I fail at the goal, at least I’ve tried and I have usually achieved something. If it is a monthly goal and I want to get four ufos done (one a week) and I only get 3 done, well, that is better than nothing and they can go on next month’s goal list.
I will be setting myself some personal goals for next year to finish my UFOs. Do you think I can finish them all in a year??!! Hmmmm… let me think about that one!
What about you, do you like to set personal goals or do you work better without them?
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