Almost two years ago, I decided to dream big. I composed a list of 101 things that I wanted to do in 1001 days (or a little less than three years), and that task was a lot harder than one might think! Well, Mike came home a couple of weeks ago with four of these little books:
It’s called Pick Four, which is a goals program by Zig Ziglar, but modified by Seth Godin. PLEASE check out Seth’s blog or read one of his awesome books if you would like to better your life in any way. The man is full of wisdom that astounds me with its simplicity. But back to the book: each one helps you through 12 weeks of achieving your goals. You can keep all four for yourself and call it a year, or you can share with people you love (which was Mike’s choice) and keep each other accountable. It’s a really interesting process!
First you start out listing all your dreams. This list can be crazy things, unfathomable things, anything you want– fill the page. He recommends 50+ dreams, just to get things going. Then you strike out all the things that are illegal or humanly impossible (like being invisible), and write the remaining ones on the following page. You go through a thinning process until you end up with his magic number: 4. With four goals, he helps you focus on steps to achieve, defend against obstacles, find support, and do what it takes to make these things happen.
It was tough to scrape it down to four, but in the end, I decided on these:
1. Run a clean, efficient household.
2. Learn business finance.
3. Be a better wife.
4. Blog more personal thought and text.
You’ll see here that one of mine is actually a part of what I’m doing right now– blogging more personal thought and text. I realized a little while ago that most of my blogs these days consist of 80% photos, 20% text. Back when I started blogging, I used to write about 90% of each post, with perhaps one photo. Granted, I was using the blog in a much different way, but it’s really neat to look back on all that and see where I was at that point in life. Also, writing is something I’ve always enjoyed, and I would really love to continue to develop those skills. Most of the blogs I enjoy reading (even photo blogs!) include a decent amount of personal thought and flavor. If I enjoy their blogs, perhaps others might enjoy hearing a little more of my voice in the midst of the photos.
The other three are a lot more involved than the single line written on the page– part of #1 includes walking Wesley every morning, planning meals each week (with ONE weekly grocery run!), and more. #2 is a goal I’ve been working on for a while, but haven’t mastered yet. I’m hoping this goal gives me incentive to finish some of the books I’ve been reading (and perhaps share what I learn with you all!) and be TRULY prepared when I see my accountant! #3 is probably the hardest of them all– becoming a great wife is a lifelong task, but having at least one thing to write down at the end of the day helps me to make small choices that show Mike how much I love him.
It’s scary, sharing these goals with you guys. It holds me accountable and speaks these things into existence. Have you guys challenged yourselves to any new goals recently? In the words of Mr. Godin… it’s time to COMMIT!