It was a few days before the end of the year and I was finally sitting down to do my annual review. At last, it was time to grab hold of the tangle of dreams in my head and to tease each out into a concrete goal for the new year.
I’d been thinking about these projects for ages and I knew that this next year was going to be the most fun year ever. It would just be a case of waking up a bit earlier, squeezing this project in here and that project in there, and cutting down on procrastination. I wasn’t 100% sure how it was all going to work but nothing could wipe the smile off my face. I was excited!
Except, we’re just over a week into the new year and my list of goals is already starting to feel overwhelming. Is there really enough time in my life for all of those projects? Am I deluded for thinking I can turn that novel draft into something other people might want to read? Shouldn’t I try to finish my existing projects before I take on new ones?
Does this sound familiar? Did you start this year with a bunch of exciting goals? Are you now starting to waver?
Where we go wrong when setting goals
When we set New Year’s resolutions, we tend to focus on the practical side of things. Where will I find the time to work on my novel? What should I call my new business? How will I fund my trip to Australia?
But, more often that not, when we fail to achieve our goals, it’s not because of how well equipped we are practically; it’s because of how prepared we are mentally.
In general, it’s what goes on in our heads that prevents us from realizing our dreams. We get distracted by new ideas. We convince ourselves we’ll never make it. We get scared of success. We compare ourselves to other people. We let our friends talk us out of doing the hard work.
If we’re going to achieve our goals this year, we need to get our heads in the right place. We’re going to need to equip ourselves with two things: support and accountability.
The best support system for multipotentialites
Luckily for us multipotentialites, while we might not have the best in-built ability to follow through on our goals, we do have one of the best communities out there for helping us to achieve them: the Puttytribe.
In the few years that I’ve been a member, the Puttytribe has helped me go from a person with a bunch of “would like to dos” to a person who has done a bunch of stuff.
When I was starting out as a freelance graphic designer, I saw that other people in the Puttytribe were bartering and exchanging their services. Seeing that gave me the confidence to offer my design skills too. It wasn’t long before I landed my first guinea pig clients.
When I started my first blog, the puttypeep helped me nail my theme and come up with a tagline. At the time, I had no idea what I was doing, but everyone was so encouraging and helpful with their feedback. With their encouragement, I threw myself into my project, not stopping to feel self-conscious about my lack of experience.
When I started my second blog and I was panicking about not being an expert on my topic, members of the Tribe reassured me that I had something to offer. Oh and I also got some free business coaching from a fellow puttypeep. Again, I stopped worrying and focused on moving forward.
If it weren’t for the Puttytribe, I don’t think I would have launched any of my blogs, gotten any of the jobs I have today, or “met” many of the interesting people from all over the world that I now call my friends.
Why you should join the Puttytribe community
The Puttytribe doors are open at midnight tonight, and here are a few reasons that you should consider joining:
While some of the thing I’ve gotten from the Puttytribe have been more tangible (things like coaching and feedback on my ideas), the main thing I’ve gotten out of being in the Tribe is support.
When you bring together a load of naturally curious, ambitious, and misunderstood individuals, what you get is an extremely welcoming group of people who are excited to help you achieve your goals. There is no more enthusiastic and understanding group of people than the puttypeep.
Whether you’re trying to think of a name for your new Renaissance Business, you feel like you’ve outgrown your job, or you’re wondering where to find the supplies for your latest hobby, any request for help posted in the Puttytribe forums is met with enthusiastic responses from loads of puttypeep who just get it.
The Puttytribe is also great for accountability. Huddles – group calls – are the best place to get accountability within the Tribe. Each person takes a turn talking about a problem or obstacle they’re facing and everyone else pitches in to help them with it. At the end of a huddle, you set yourself a small action step to get yourself moving again.
The Goals and Accountability sub-forum is another great place to get some accountability. Many puttypeep have their own threads in there, where they log their small wins, long-term goal progress, or daily achievements. Just knowing that other people can see how you’re doing and having them cheer you on is often all the motivation you need to keep going.
Get yourself a support system
If you’re determined to stick to your goals this year, don’t rely on inspiration alone. Get yourself set up with a support system and some accountability, so that when you find your interest wavering, other people will be there to keep you going.
What support systems do you have in place to help you achieve your goals this year? How are you going to make sure you follow through?