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What To Do When it All Falls Apart

First of all, let’s take a step back and acknowledge that it rarely ever all falls apart. It feels that way sometimes, but usually it’s just a tiny part that falls apart.

 

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super secret project

 

 

I have been working on an amazing secret project that involves a lot of stuff I am not super pro at, so major fails are a daily occurrence. Confession: I fail at stuff I am really good at all the time. So, you know, failing at stuff I have less experience with is actually a little easier to take.

 

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But the sheer volume of setbacks is bogging me down. My enthusiasm has not diminished, thank goodness. Even though every night I collapse into bed quite spent, sometimes with very little to show for my entire day’s work, by the morning I am anxious to get into the studio and start back at it. The time I have wasted is annoying the hell out of me though. I have already missed one self-imposed and ridiculously ambitious deadline.

A little hint: it involves video. I know nothing about making videos. It’s harder than you might think.

 

 

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mostly successful!

 

For example, here is a short video of glass cutting that I shot, only I had accidentally hit “time-lapse” instead of “video”. I was pretty irritated when I realized that. I was so nailing the glass cutting! Grrr. I did eventually get over it. Kind of. Thinking about it right now is pissing me off all over again, but it is what it is. It is not at all what I wanted, but it’s actually kind of cool.

 

 

 

[Tweet “When it all falls apart, try to remember that it is mostly together and press on.”] Usually, just a slight adjustment will get everything back on track.

 

 

 

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“A goal without a plan is just a wish”

If you are ready to stop wishing and are eager to make things happen, you have to form a plan. For real. In writing. With a timeline, actionable steps and measurable milestones.

 

It isn’t easy to stay focused on fulfilling goals, at least not for me and not for most of the people I speak with. There are so many distractions.

 

This is the kind of stuff that distracts me.
This is the kind of stuff that distracts me.

 

Heck, I don’t even need outside influences like Facebook or Pinterest to distract me. My own thoughts swirl about my head like a tornado, scattering my focus to the far corners as if it were a Kansas farmhouse. Big ideas, small ideas, fleeting thoughts that might turn into something if I remember to revisit them later, when I’m not in the middle of doing something else.

 

A fairly accurate visual representation of the inside of my mind.
A fairly accurate visual representation of the inside of my mind.

 

The only thing that works for me is getting it all out on paper. So I created my own system for keeping track of long-term and short-term goals, as well as brilliant ideas that pop into my head, all in one place.

 

 

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The Red Scorpio Goal-fulfillment System is the super cheesy but rad name I gave to my custom planner. And I can call it the RSGS. Bonus. It is the best tool for helping me GSD so far. I have been refining it for years, literally, and I think it is just about perfect. I realize perfection is not an attainable goal, so I will settle for absolutely excellent.

 

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My actual planner

 

 

You do not need to buy my system. In fact, much of it is available for free on my blog. The planner that I offer for sale has all the days and dates filled in for you, though. So if that might be something you feel is worth not hassling over, check it out. You don’t have to use my free planner either. It works great for me, but there are lots of planners out there and the point is just to adopt some form of planning system. Start doing stuff on purpose.

 

[Tweet “Default is usually the lamest setting. Be intentional.”]

 

The time is right to make a commitment to planning your future. Something is going to happen, one way or the other, so you might at least try to skew the results in your favor. The journey of 1000 miles must begin with the first step. The first step of your journey should be planning. Would you drive somewhere you’ve never gone before without at least printing a Google map? You would not and you know it.

 

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Click here to get more info & check out some sample pages

 

 

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How to Make Those Resolutions Stick

It’s time, people. We’ve all made our resolutions and now we have to figure out how to follow through. Here are a couple of tips to boost success. I don’t have pictures that illustrate these ideas so I just used some pretty photos from my gallery. I think it works.

 

1) Make sure it is something you really want. Life is too short to take on projects with no passion. Only set you really want to fulfill.

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2) Tell the world. Nowadays it is so easy to broadcast your intentions, and that helps keep you accountable. And accountability is key for goal fulfillment.

 

A little too much perspective.
A little too much perspective.

 

3) Have a plan. One of my resolutions is to keep up on the laundry. What? I just told you to make sure your resolution is something you want to do and I for sure do not want to do laundry. Or it would be done by now. I do however want to reap the benefits of having my laundry done and put away versus piled up all over my house.

“Keep up on laundry” sounds so easy and doable, and for sure, it is not rocket science. But it is more complicated than breathing in and out, so it requires some thought and planning. Same with “Exercise more”, “Drink more water”, “Be more mindful”. How will I make this happen? One load every day? Once a week, all laundry, all day? I am still working this plan out so I will let you know.

 

Rainy day on Bourbon St.
Rainy day on Bourbon St.

 

4) Be realistic. Make your goals S.M.A.R.T. Don’t set yourself up for failure. You are not going to become fluent in Spanish this year unless you move to Mexico and don’t have a choice. Sorry to have to break it to you. You can set a goal to “Take a Spanish Class”, or “Learn 10 Helpful Phrases in Spanish”.

 

Beautiful downtown San Diego, from the bridge
Beautiful downtown San Diego, from the bridge

 

5) Make it enjoyable. I always like to put some fun challenges on my list, and that is totally legit. Last year I set a goal to enter a project into the SD County Fair, and I actually won a ribbon. This year I want to sing Karaoke.

 

Sparkly ring
Sparkly ring

 

6) Things change, your intentions may change, and that is ok. It is important to set goals. It is just as important to know what goals are worth your time. You’ve got to know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em.

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