Setting Goals

Hi Friends!

It has been a long weekend but a lovely one – getting out of town is always fun. And I still can’t get over our hotel room, the bright green wall and the crazy curtains – oh and did you notice this guy:

I have never stayed at a hotel that actually makes towel animals. So that was a first for me.

Now that I’ve had time to catch up on reading blogs laundry, cleaning, errands, grocery shopping, etc, I have had some time to dwell on the Leadership seminar. So I dug out the workbook that we each got and paged through it.

The seminar was broken down into smaller chapters, and my favorite was “Dreams, Visions and Goal Setting”.  Dave talked about how goals can have a long-term positive impact if they include these types of goals (not in this order)

  1. Career
  2. Social
  3. Family
  4. Intellectual
  5. Physical
  6. Spiritual
  7. Financial

I think that anyone can look at that list and see that they have strengths and weaknesses in each of those areas – for me, Career, Spiritual and Social goals are the ones I have to work on the most – they don’t come easily for me. Physical, Financial and Intellectual goals are “easier” for me – I’m not saying a super buff, financial savvy genius (or am I?) – but when I make goals in those areas I am easily motivated to reach them.

But perhaps I reach those goals because I make them too easy? I’m not sure. Regardless, Social goals are not ever high on my list, since to me, being social is not something I strive for. I am naturally introverted, shy and quiet. I would rather spend my time alone or with a very small group – so having a goal to be more social is something I definitely need to consider. Along with that, being social with the right people is important as well – am I surrounding myself with positive, uplifting people? People who will support my goals in the other 6 key areas?

*Looking at that list of goal areas, what is one area that you need to work on? And what area(s) are you naturally strong?

25 Responses to “Setting Goals”

  1. Lisa Says:

    How cute—towel animals 🙂 The only place I’ve seen that was at disney world.

    I think goal setting is really an art! Some of my goals are too easy, and some are too hard…but keeping it all in perspective and just using it as a tool seems helpful. So I don’t get discouraged or bored.

    I need to work on my scheduling and picking something to focus on and doing that—I try to excel at everything, and I get spread so thin that I don’t really excel at anything the way I want to!

    Thanks for the thought provoking post!

    • Holly Says:

      I feel like I’m guilty of making goals that I can somewhat easily achieve — I need to start thinking of goals that will challenge me to do more and do better. I’m just not sure what those are right now!

  2. 1970kikiproject Says:

    thanks for sharing the list of goals, holly! and for also sharing your strengths and weaknesses. i totally agree that it is so important to surround ourselves with positive, optimistic people. it’s made a real difference in my life, i know. i think you’re very social online/in the blogging world! you’re friendly, responsive, caring… 🙂
    for me: being social is easy, and making time for family and fitness is easy. financial goals challenge me – i am trying to educate myself more both with our personal finances and in the larger world. just not naturally interested!
    have a happy monday!

    • Holly Says:

      Cathy it is so strange — I can be very social — and I seem to do pretty well at socializing through email, text, facebook, blogging 🙂 it is the in person stuff that I struggle with. I think it has to do having a delete key? I can take my time and write what I want? I’m not sure. I’ve gotten a lot better, that is for sure!

  3. Kate Says:

    i hope this post doesn’t come across wrong, but i am more of an the intention setting kind of gal. i think i have “failed” at goals too many times before that i just want to do it anymore. intentions seem to work so much better for me.

    • Holly Says:

      Kate your post didn’t come off as wrong at all! I remember your post a few months (weeks?) ago about intentions vs. goals — I think as long as you are moving forward and learning you are doing what is best for you!

  4. Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle Says:

    My weak area is definitely financial…I set goals for myself all the time and almost never reach them :/ Money burns a hole in my pocket!

  5. Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin Says:

    I need to work on career, family, spiritual, and financial. Ha. I guess the things I am most naturally strong on are social, intellectual, and family!

  6. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) Says:

    I need to work on financial and career. Those are just not coming together for me right now, but I have hopes that those will change in the near future! Family and physical, in my opinion, are right where I need them to be!

  7. Christin@purplebirdblog Says:

    I’ve had the awesome experience of towel animals on a cruise… so fun! I’m currently in the midst of working hard on my financial and career goals… the other goals I’m pretty content with my work in those areas!

  8. Holly@ChunkyMonkey Says:

    What is interesting is how your goals and emphasis will change as you grow, marry, have children, change careers etc. Also, it is like a wheel and if one of the spokes is broken…you become broken. Working on rebuilding the physical now…and the rest will follow. Thanks for all your inspiration

    • Holly Says:

      Wow I love your comment!!! So true — how if you are missing a piece of the goal “pie” you are missing something in your life!

  9. Hollie @ Lolzthatswim(andRun) Says:

    I need to really work on fiance goals. It has been a big goal of mine this year and it’s slowely coming around.

  10. rc1001 Says:

    Been lacking in pretty much every goal except “Plan Badass Wedding”.

    I’m experiencing a little bit if tunnel vision regarding it and then everything else in my life.

    BUT, we won’t be racking up ANY debt surrounding the wedding…so at least that is in place!

    • Holly Says:

      Planning a wedding and not incurring any debt is HUGE!!! And I think there are plenty of brides who have tunnel vision when it comes to planning your wedding. It is an important event!

  11. Jess Says:

    I love towel animals!
    I think I could probably do better in the social and spiritual areas.

  12. Amykinz Says:

    I love Dave Ramsey! My husband & I are taking his “Financial Peace University” classes at our church!

  13. mostlyfitmom Says:

    Well, since I can’t figure out what a spiritual goal would be, I would say that is definitely not a strength. Hahaha. Also, like you, I’m an introvert, so I sort of would scratch my head at setting any social goals.

    I am naturally strong in intellectual, but everything else is sort of on hold right now while I’m in dental school. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of room for balance at the moment. Sounds like it was a very interesting course!

  14. LauraJayne Says:

    That towel “animal” is so darn cute! I want a permanent one in my house! I share your goal of needing to be more social – especially when it comes to dating! I am notorious for deciding to stay home and cook instead of going out!

  15. bakebooks Says:

    I have a feeling a LOT of bloggers may need some help in the social arena?

    Me, I know I can’t even tell my family or friends about my blog – I’m so afraid I would be judged and people would not expect this from me. No one really knows what I’m struggling with…I feel like I’m always “pretending”.

    Okay – I need a drink!! 🙂

    • Holly Says:

      It took me a while to tell friends/family about my blog — and I even took a few weeks off here and there when I felt like not writing anymore — I was feeling embarrassed. But you know what? I feel better having people read this. Last week when I announced our $35K debt payoff, that was the first time my family heard about our debt. I was nervous to hit publish but I’m glad they did.

      But you know what? if you’d rather not tell people, don’t. Whatever helps you keep up your creativity is what you should do.

  16. Dorry Says:

    I love this! My new job at lululemon focuses heavily on setting goals, and I’m very appreciative for it. I honestly have current goals in every area above. I’m excited to tackle my goals for the year and continue to set more!

    • Holly Says:

      Dorry I obviously have some catching up to do — when did you start working for Lululemon? I’ve heard they are BIG with goal setting which is wonderful! I hope you enjoy working for them, seems like a great company!

  17. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) Says:

    I love things like this…makes you really stop and ponder your life. Where you’re at, where you want to be, and what steps you need to take to get there!

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