I am a huge goal setter! I believe we should set goals and embrace a growth mindset, but I know some people have a tough time goal-setting. Sometimes we spend so much time chasing our dreams that we end up feeling as if we’ve never “made it.” Not meeting a goal can feel as if you are a failure or just not as put together as that super motivated, super successful influencer you follow on social media. Or, maybe you meet your goal but not in the timeframe you envisioned, so obviously that can’t mean success, right?
In the very beginning of CLI, I started dreaming about what I wanted the business to become. My team and I started small even though I had big plans and so many ideas. My vision for the company is still much larger than what we have accomplished so far. I’m still learning and growing as a business owner.
Through this process, I am giving myself grace and reminding myself I need to be in this place before I can move on to the next step. That’s my first goal-setting tip: Giving yourself the grace you deserve. Be patient with yourself. Be kind when setbacks occur. Be your own #1 fan.
I am also trusting in the natural timing of God and the Universe. I believe that all of my prior experiences and education have given me the skills to run this company and achieve my ultimate vision. Which leads me to goal-setting tip number two: Tap into your values, morals, and experiences when the going gets tough. These characteristics led you to set the goal in the first place, so tap into them for strength when you run into roadblocks to success.
As I write this blog, I have yet to complete my goal. However, when I reflect on our first CLI meeting, I can see how far we have come. Beginning with Easy Entertaining, I see now that we had no idea what we were doing, but we learned along the way. Of course, we had a few setbacks, but we eventually celebrated the completion of our first book!
I will also often reflect on how much I have learned about social media. Through research, networking, peer feedback, and working with my team, my social media skills and understanding have kept growing and expanding.
As I began to explore these new skills, I had a friend tell me I should create videos. I was initially petrified and thought there was no way I could do that. But I pushed myself and started making videos with the help of a video editor. Over time, I became more comfortable and began making them on my own. Then, another friend told me she liked my videos but that I was not showing others my true self. I took her feedback and started being ME in front of the camera. I grew and grew and grew.
Further reflection showed growth in my marketing and sales skills with the help of my team and our inspiring meetings. I reached out to a peer to help develop our Professional Development Division and used her input to create our courses. I have learned how to network via social media from my younger generation teammates. All of these experiences gave me courage to continue to push myself.
You see where I’m going with my third goal-setting tip, right? Reflect, reflect, reflect. Reflecting on your journey helps gain perspective on what you have learned and accomplished.
Currently, we are working on our 7th book. We have written numerous blogs and created CLI’s Professional Development Division. We are active on all forms of social media, and we have plans for so much more in the future.
So…have I achieved my goals? No, I have not…YET! But the path toward my vision and the journey to grow CLI has been so amazing. I couldn’t have done it without the support, encouragement, and nudging of so many people.
Now, when I look in the rearview mirror, I am pleased with the road behind me. I encourage you to look in your own rearview mirror and reflect on how far you have come. I bet you will see quite a few small strides towards your goals that you hadn’t noticed before. Take a moment to appreciate the view.
What I have learned: Looking in the rearview mirror can be a good thing.
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Tania Farran is an educator, mom, business owner, and an author. Her blogs tell about balancing all of these things in life! Laugh or cry with her and maybe learn a thing or two.