Hello sweet friends! I am so excited to bring you this blog post. It’s all about dreaming big and setting goals that align with your heartbeat, seeking intentional growth (personally, spiritually, emotionally and physically, etc!) and finding gratitude where you are, what you have, and where you are going. I am SO excited!!
For me, this is one of the first years I’ve completed all of my New Year’s Resolutions…by June!! I’ve always been the goal type and thrive on to do lists and organization. But this year was different. For the first time, I cultivated growth in a different way. Something shifted. And I am excited to share my passions and small glimpse of the process in today’s post!
Here’s the breakdown of why these three words are important and can help shape your success:
These are the dreams you are holding in your heart that you want to propel yourself towards. Maybe they are career driven goals, or perhaps healthy living goals, relationship goals or travel goals. Whatever the goals may be – these are the unique to you and your God-given heartbeat and is something that you are passionate about chasing.
I don’t know about you all, but I ADORE dreaming up goals and setting intentions. New Year’s Resolutions have been my jam since 2002 (haha!), but even beyond resolutions, I find so much joy in creating goals throughout the year. This year, I used a Cultivate What Matters goal setting planner (thanks to my sweet friend Trish for the recommendation!) and you guyssss it was a GAME CHANGER! And although I highly recommend buying a cultivate planner, beyond that, you can apply the simple steps on your own.
- At the beginning of the year, set intentions/goals (up to 10) – For me, I used this season to REALLY dream big and write out some big milestones. But feel free to dream up big or little goals – they all add up into growth and change!
- Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter – do a goal check/cultivate what works and what doesn’t work in chasing those goals.
- Write out monthly, weekly and daily goals – and stick to them.
- Each month, reflect, savor and celebrate your successes.
Pretty simple right? But somehow, this method (not to mention adorable little planner) did the very trick I needed. And I completed all of my goals by JUNE. Say what!? I normally am the type that sets goals and crushes them – but of course, there are always those untouched goals that stay on my list and get grandfathered into my next years resolutions. BUT NOT THIS YEAR!! ;o)
Something that I learned this year by chasing goals and setting out intentions, was the importance of seeking growth instead of an accomplishment. Of course, I set out 10 big goals – but instead of just listing the goal: i.e. – _____ I also listed what I wanted to do to grow or soak up the full experience.
This is what cultivated growth in my journey. My goals didn’t become finish lines, but instead became a part of the journey. Somehow this shift turned each of my goals into such a relishing experience of joy and worth savoring. I wasn’t in a hurry to check em off the list for the sake of achieving – no, this year it was accomplishment for the sake of growing…and oh man, it felt incredible!
Ways I chose growth this year:
- Choosing intentional friendships and cultivating connections with people who propelled me closer to my dreams and aligned with my values.
- Eliminating commitments that detracted from my passions.
- Learned the beauty in saying no to things. Continually chose to turn down even good opportunities if they didn’t align with my passions or intentions.
- Valued “me” time. Invested an hour a day into my self-care and my energy tank. This often meant saying no to hanging out with friends and instead prioritizing myself and my self-care.
- Reading reading reading – learning from and absorbing knowledge from those who have accomplished things I am aspiring towards.
- For example, I am in the process of writing a book. By reading books by authors I look up to, researching articles that cultivate inspiration and talking to mentors who have accomplished what I am propelling myself towards generated SUCH growth and understanding for the task I am embarking on.
- Set aside growth time every Friday to work on specific goals, cultivate specific relationships or sit and reflect on what was working well and what wasn’t working well.
- Sought accountability in friendships that spurred my creativity, compassion and curiosity towards my big ten list.
*There are so many ways to cultivate growth and this is just a small list of what I did to propel myself into my dreams and achievements. I would LOVE to hear how you intentionally cultivate growth in your life too. So if you have suggestions, please leave them in the comments below!
Gratitude turns what we have into enough. For me, reaching my goals was rewarding, and growth was invigorating during the process – but the part that changed me and inspired me was the gratitude I chose to relish through each milestone.
I don’t know if you can relate, but sometimes I find myself so consumed with checking off to do lists and intentions, that I don’t always sit, savor, reflect or remind myself of all that I’ve accomplished or all that I appreciate.
Choosing gratitude throughout my goals completely transformed my satisfaction and my appreciation for each accomplishment.
Choosing gratitude through each goal also gave me self-compassion for goals I accomplished and a sense of pride different than I’ve never experienced before.
Gratitude also helped turned what I had and what I did into enough. This gave me peace and a sense of pride with each accomplishment. It also helped me focus on what matters most and have a healthy sense of completion and appreciation for each accomplishment.
So friends, my encouragement to you is to not just seek goals or accomplishments, but to cultivate growth and exercise gratitude in the process. Because, although goals are important and invigorating, growth and gratitude can transform the experience and teach you valuable lessons about yourself and about others.
Where goals can be checked off and completed, growth transforms your being and gratitude gives you joy – regardless of the outcome – making the process even better than the accomplishment. Lots of love xx