Defining the Big Picture

A month ago, I joined an Instagram challenge that changed my life. It was all about goal setting. I definitely needed some help in that area. I’m not what I expected from the challenge, but I definitely didn’t expect to define what I wanted out of life. 

If you follow my on IG, you probably saw a post or two (or three or four) from the challenge. I’ve always had good intentions towards meeting my goals, but (like most people) I lose steam pretty quickly. Part of it is because I don’t see immediate results. Or, maybe the goals I set are just not THAT important to me.

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The challenge was really that: it challenged me to think about what I want out of my business long term. Each day, we were tasked to do a different exercise, each of which took over an hour. Yup, in lieu of my Netflix shows, I spent my evenings on an Instagram challenge. And the cool thing about it being an instagram challenge is that I wasn’t alone: there were thousands of others doing the same exercises, and that community helped motivate me.
First, we focused on the Big Picture for my business. We visualized where we wanted to be when we were 80 years old. When I am that old, what would really matter to me? My family. And my legacy: What do I want to be remembered for when I’m in my old age?
From there, we came up with a mission statement for our brand/business. And then a list of things we would say ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ to in 2019. And then (finally!), we wrote down our goals. But we didn’t stop there. Nope! We selected only the ones that would help us reach our Big Picture goals. 
And you know what? Once I had done that whole exercise, I was suddenly SO motivated! Why? Well, I had finally defined my own version of success and how to get there. All of a sudden, it wasn’t about Instagram Likes or catering my designs to the latest trends. Success was about creating jewelry that would make its wearer feel a little more confident. It was about using my talents to inspire creativity in others, such as my kiddos. It was about enjoying this phase of life where I’m at home with the kids, and it was about putting my family first. And realizing that, even though I can’t reach my goals as quickly as I’d like, if I work little by little, I will get there. 
At the end of the challenge, I was more inspired and excited about my business than I have been for years. And that’s how I ended up here, starting a blog. I wanted to share my progress and journey to reaching those goals, and I hope that through this, I will be able to encourage others along the way.
If you need a little ‘life boost’ or goal setting help, I’d highly recommend doing the challenge. It just might change your life too!
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