My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #349: New Goals and Challenges

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 05-24-2011 12:19 PM 2892 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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There are times when I plan to accomplish things and everything just seems to fall into place. I make a time table and I actually stick to it and achieve everything that I put on my list. Things are on schedule.

One would think that I would be happy when this occurs. I suppose I am, but it also makes me a bit uneasy.

Did I miss anything? Did I do enough? Maybe I am not pushing myself hard enough? Perhaps I should go and look in the mirror and see if it is really ME looking back at myself. Or is it some stranger that had invaded my skin?

It is funny (odd) that actually reaching a goal would make me feel that way. I used to tease my children and tell them “if you reach your goals, you are setting them too low.” How’s that for a self-defeating attitude? (By the way – I was sure that they knew it was said it jest!) I just wonder sometimes why I feel so weird when everything goes as planned and I am on top of things.

I suppose that I am just a ‘goal-oriented’ person. I live from deadline to deadline of one sort or another and I have learned to make it work for me in a positive way. It seems the only time I really seem to get overwhelmed is when I don’t have a list of things to do in front of me and I don’t have a clear direction of what I need to do in order to keep on top of things and feel as if I am producing.

I realize that living like this isn’t for everyone. There are people that don’t do as well with pressure and others like me who thrive on it. I think I am one of the “thrivers” myself (is that even a word?), as I need to be accountable to someone – even if it is only to myself. Actually I believe that our “self” should be the most important one we should be accountable to.

With that said, I am taking a breath today and reorganizing. Yesterday I not only finished putting together all of the new pattern packets, but also we got them all posted on the site. I would have thought that we would have needed another couple of days for that or at least one more, but it all went smoothly and fell into place. I am very happy to be in this position, especially after being down a bit last week. Could it be that I am actually figuring all this stuff out? That would be incredible.

I had better shut up before I invite some new unforeseen disaster to fall upon me. Perhaps I am superstitious that way. If I begin to gloat or get a large head about being on top of things, it must anger the powers above because it is usually without fail that soon afterward something is bound to happen to knock me off the pedestal from which I was basking. It is as if the universe is saying “take that!”

So today I will humbly forge on with new tasks and create new goals to strive for and once again get back up to speed. I had my moment of glory these few minutes while sipping my cinnamon-laced coffee and watching the sun rise up, knowing that I was “on track.”

But that moment has passed and I lingered in it long enough. There are patterns to be made and classes to be mapped out and errands to run and a whole new exciting list of things that await me. I thoroughly enjoyed the break, but now it is time for me to continue on and once again set my sights for even better things.

Thank you for sharing the moment with me.

“We choose to go…not because [it is] easy, but because [it is] hard, because that goal will serve to measure and organize the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Have a great Tuesday!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 05-24-2011 02:20 PM

Goals are a funny thing. While your saying about reaching your goals means you set them too low actually makes perfect sense. I have to agree with that because it is almost verbatum to what my grandmother used to tell me (I was raised by my grandmother and uncle). I’ve told my own kids the same.
The thing is though, that while this simple little saying we tell our kids may be true, there is more to it than that. No you are not setting them too low. The other part of the story is something we have to learn after we’ve done something long enough. It gets to a point where, from setting them goals high and scratching and clawing just to get close to them, that we surpass those same goals with ease because we’ve became good enough at something that we can.
When you reach that point, it is not time to ponder if we set our goals too low. No, instead it is a time to bask in the knowledge of knowing that we have honed our craft to a point that we can do that and still have time to sit back, relax, and enjoy that cup of coffee.
I understand also the feeling that maybe you need to do more since you are reaching your goals with ease. This is usually when I do a project that goes out of my comfort zone. I challenge myself. Do something new. Go into unchartered waters, if you will. I’m not telling you to do this. I’m only saying what I do.


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#2 posted 05-24-2011 03:46 PM

Everone need to take a breather once in awhile . I call it regrouping my thoughts, or take a weekend off my favorite is to go camping . That don’t mean you take the TV with ya , we take a radio and are cell phones . it is so refreshing . I like a good Challenge . It is a great way to learn something new . Don’t make a goal that is to hard to reach or unrealistic as it is discouraging when you don’t make it . By make smaller goals reaching them , then making a new goal makes you feel good inside and mentally;
ok I’m don’t babbling , if it make any sense

-- David ; "BE SAFE BE HAPPY" Brockport , NY

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