Lately I’ve been setting mini goals here and there. It started with my New Years resolutions. I wrote briefly about them in a blogpost. The main one including creation more. But what I’ve realised over the past couple of months trying, and sometimes falling a bit short, at these goals, is that there are some things you need to remember when it comes to setting and sticking to goals.
I realised I need to be more specific about what I want to be doing. The goals I’ve been more successful with this year have been ones that are clear whether I’ve achieved them or not.
Goals like: post a photo everyday this year to Instagram. And, do a 1 second every day video. These are ones I’ve been (mostly) succeeding at. My general, overarching, “create more” goal, I have no idea if I’m achieving that or not!
Good enough, is good enough.
Some people like to say that good enough is NOT good enough. But this kind of thinking will be the enemy of “practice makes progress”.
What I now realise is that the more create, and share those creations with people, the more I actually feel like I’m improving in these creative areas.
So, instead of looking at something I’ve completed or an idea I have, and thinking “that’s not good enough” I remind myself of how much work it actually took to make the ‘thing’ and share it anyway. Because something is better than nothing!
The difference between a hiccup and a fail.
Forgetting about your goal, not meeting it for a day, or feeling like you’ve completely failed it, doesn’t ACTUALLY mean you’ve failed. It’s so easy for me to think “oh, I just missed two days in a row for posting to instagram, better throw in the towel and call it a year!”. But instead, I remind myself that (almost) NO ONE will notice that I missed a couple, or a few, days. And when it comes to day #365, I won’t mind that I missed a few days here or there, because at least I did more than the year before!
So, just remember that sticking to your goals means continuing on, even after a few hiccups.