Simple and Effective Tips for Meeting Your Goals

DIY home projects have always been intimidating to me. I have donated so many great pieces of furniture and home decor items to Good Will over the years that I could probably own my own resale shop. Looking back, these items could have been used, if only I had the confidence to add some paint color here or a hint of fabric there.

Thanks to some guidance from my creative and crafty mom, I am in the middle of painting over a dresser set. I have had this furniture since I was little and want my little girl to use them in her room now, so it’s important for me to break out of my crafty shell and get these dressers presentable again. What I am finding along the way is that after every coat of paint and every newly painted drawer, I feel more and more confident in my ability to get this project done. It may have some mistakes, but hey, it’s done with lot of love for my little one!

What Do I Mean By Goal? My example here is about a home project, but these tips can include personal goals of stopping a habit, organizing a space, or even starting a small business! A goal is a goal, no matter how big or small.

  • Find Support. First, everyone needs their own “creative and crafty mom.” In other words, find a mentor, support person, or teacher for projects that intimidate you. Allow yourself permission to call this person anytime you need them.
  • Set Small, Achievable Goals. Not only am I painting the dresser set, but I am also updating the knobs and adding stenciling (big time I know). If I think about this entire project at once, my non-crafty mind gets nervous and I want to forget the whole thing. However, if I concentrate on one piece at a time… “Get the smalled dresser painted first”…then I feel more confident, and even some relief. It’s a small, achievable goal! Also, it may be more appropriate for you to set time goals, such as not smoking for 5 days, then 10, and so on.
  • Use Positive Self Talk. It’s easy to beat yourself up when attempting something that is difficult for you. Negative self talk can sound like “I stink at doing this,” or “I always screw up.” Stick with the positive self talk, which sounds more like “I’m actually doing this!” and “I’m impressed with how well I did, only one mistake today!”
  • Reward Yourself. Go ahead and reward your efforts in working towards your goal! I suggest smaller rewards at the end of each small/short-term goal and a great, big reward for full completion of your goal.

I hope these are helpful for you. If you have another tip that has worked in your life, please share!

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Kim Peterson, MA, LPC-S, RPT

Kim is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Supervisor, and Registered Play Therapist in Dallas, Texas.

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