We all have habits. Some are good, some are bad. We try to break the bad ones most of our life. But what do we do to develop the good ones?
A lot of people do the New Year’s Resolution thing, but they don’t take the time to really plan out how they are going to achieve their goal. Naturally, they have good intentions, but they fail.
Don’t know about you – but I’m both tired of failing and I welcome the failures. I know that there will continually be failures in my life. A crochet pattern that just doesn’t work. I forget to mail out a package. The housework gets neglected. I don’t get the job I wanted.
Failure is not a bad thing. Failure is a learning tool. FAIL means First Attempt In Learning. We as humans are constantly learning. Failure means back to the drawing board. Figure out a new approach to the situation. Never give up.
It helps to have a plan of attack when setting a goal. Our lives are goal oriented. Even small goals, like getting home from work. Woo hoo! I made it home safe!
If you have a goal, you need a plan. You need a step by step plan of action. This helps make the goal not seem so big and unattainable. Also, it allows you to change direction if the current plan isn’t working.
Goal: I want to win a sweepstakes ribbon at the State Fair for knitting or crochet. This is actually a personal goal of mine.
Steps: Learn to Crochet and Knit. Check!
Make different items and practice stitches. (constantly doing this one).
Enter first piece in the Fair. After all – if you don’t enter, you don’t win. Did this last year. Won 5th place ribbons for both my lace pieces.
Take last year’s comments and critiques and apply them to the next piece.
Continue to enter pieces every year, improving on my skill and expertise. Just dropped off my entry for this year’s Fair today. We’ll see how I do in a couple of weeks.
Every year I hope to do better until I win that coveted big purple ribbon. I keep practicing, making items. Every year – pick my best piece to enter.
Pick your own goal. Recognize that there will be failures along the way, but they happen so that you adapt. Don’t give up! Need help planning? Hit me up with an email. I’d be happy to help you!