Be Realistic About Your Success

Yesterday was just what I needed –a day of rest, a day spent with my husband and daughter, a day to clear my mind and refocus my plans, and a day to be realistic about my success.


Lately I’ve been struggling with direction.  My spirit is so ambitious that often I want to do everything, all the time.  Every idea that pops into my head, I think yeah, I should do that too.  I’ve always been this way, even as a child.

More importantly though, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that being realistic about your desired success is just as important.  Often if I’m not realistic about my goals and ambitions, I feel disheartened when I do not accomplish what it is I have set out for myself to do.  What?  I can’t clean the entire house, can those 10 quarts of tomatoes, take care of my crazy, into-everything daughter, and finish an entire quilt in one day.  Well why not?

Last night, after spending a beautiful day at the zoo, once Monet was asleep and the house was finally picked up, my husband sat down with me and helped me to finish my S.M.A.R.T. Goals. By getting my husband involved, I was basically assigning him two roles.  One, he was responsible for making sure my goals were both realistic, plus a bit risky.  And two, he in now responsible for holding me accountable to my goals, along with being my cheerleader along the way.

Here are a few of the S.M.A.R.T. Goals I set.

  • Bring a line of textiles and sewing patterns, designed by me of course, to an International Quilt Market before the end of 2012.
  • Be accepted and sell at 2 major Fine Art Festivals and 5 craft fairs/street markets before October 2011.
  • Before October 2011, get publicity from 6 media sources including blogs, magazines, and newspapers.

And because these goal are such big ones, they are accompanied by numerous sub-goals.  Here are just a few sub-goals that accompany my first major goal…

  • Learn Illustrator by taking a class before the end of year 2010.
  • Attend the 2011 International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City as a visitor.
  • Doodle with my daughter on a weekly basis.
  • Continue to sell patterns on-line and to local quilt shops.

Check out this great resource, a “goal planner sheet”.  It can help you break your larger goals into sub-goals–a great way to track your progress along the way.

Well, I really should be going.  I have a big list of goals to accomplish and a daughter to take care of.

How are your goals coming along?

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6 observations on “Be Realistic About Your Success
    1. Angela

      Thanks Molly! I appreciate your encouragement. And how is that “bucket list” going for you 😉 I think this is a great way to set personal goals as well!

  1. Kristin

    Thanks for sharing. I love to see goals in writing. . . specific, measurable, with a “due date”. Every week Tim and I have been making goals of things we need to get done. Sometimes my goal is to survive. . . play with the kids, keep up on the laundry, get to the grocery store. Right now I’m hoping to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible before it’s too cold to be out there! So I’m working on some flower beds that were overgrown. Sounds like you’re enjoying yourself. Can’t wait to see your fabric designs!

  2. SMART Goal Buddy

    A simple and free tool that is available to set goals is http://www.SMARTGoals.Me its a facebook app that allows you to get your friends to be your goal buddy like a gym buddy. Just like in a gym when you have someone watching you, you tend to work out harder. The same concept with someone watching your goals, hopefully you achieve them.

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