“A Year From Now, You Will Wish You Had Started Today” – Karen Lamb
Oh yes, Dear Reader, this is one of THOSE blog posts….It’s not a totally quilt-related post but I thought it might be of use to some of you as you think about what you would like to achieve this year.
I have to admit, I’m one of those people who loves the calendar clicking over to 1 January. A new year brings with it a chance for change and new beginnings and I’m looking forward to what 2015 will bring as much as the next person.
For me 2015 is the year that quilting will become a business instead of a hobby. I have plans for pattern releases, workshops and fun collaborations and I’m very excited.
I’m nervous, too. I’ve had grand plans before but not followed through on them and regretted ‘what might have been’. I’m quite determined that this year will be the one in which I take action and turn my plans into reality.
So, how do you do it? What steps can you take to make sure that this year will be the Best. Year. Ever.? None of the tips below are new; I’m sure you’ve heard them all before. They’re things I’ve picked up along the way and I hope they help you achieve whatever it is you’re hoping for in 2015; quilting or otherwise.
1. Know Why
I think this is the most important one. Having a reason to do whatever it is that you do will help sustain you during the hard yards. Put a picture up on your wall if you need to.
2. Choose Your Support Crew
We’re often told that we become like the five people we spend the most time with. It therefore makes sense to surround yourself with people who are a positive influence on your life and in turn you will be a positive influence on them. When things aren’t going as smoothly as they might, you need people who have ‘got your back’ and who you can call on to commiserate with you over a beverage. Just as importantly, you need people to call on to share a celebratory beverage when things are going swimmingly!
3. Write your goals down
Oh yes – I know you’ve heard that one before too. I don’t know the ins and outs about why it works, but it does. I think I know part of the reason. If you’ve written your goals down and put them somewhere so you can see them every day, I think you’re more likely to take action each day to get to them – I know I am.
4. Break your big goals up and celebrate your small wins
I have yearly goals but I also have short-term goals. I need to see that I have got somewhere – we all do. We need reason to celebrate in the short term. So, break your big goals up into short term, winnable goals and celebrate the wins (with your support crew)!
I’d love to hear some of your goals for 2015 if you’d like to share them – is there a quilt pattern you’d like to make? Would you like to design a pattern? Is there a new colour you would like to work with? Something entirely different? Please share them below in the comments if you feel comfortable doing so, and by all means, pop back when you’ve achieved them – I look forward to celebrating them with you!
Until then, happy quilting 🙂