Welcome to week 4 of the planning challenge and also one of my favourite and most useful pages in my bullet journal. This week’s challenge is focused on translating your goals into actions. It’s time to look at the page you created when setting out what want you want to have achieved by this time next year and start plotting out your next 12 months to make sure you get there. It might be worth giving yourself a little time to play with this, so October could be a good month to start with. I also completed mine in pencil first and started with month 12, then month 6 and then filled in the other months before committing to ink!
I decided to pick between 5 and 6 actions per month, gradually building on them as the months progress. A lot of my goals during this first 12 months focus on supporting my daughter during her school exams year, health and fitness, strengthening relationships, addressing my work/life/creative balance, building up some savings and finding ways to give something back.
For me, these are the foundations that I really feel I need to have in place to help me progress further and focus on some bigger projects.
Since writing out these monthly goals, I’ve been surprised by how quickly some areas have progressed. I was reading ‘The Little Book of Mindfulness’ one evening and found the following section:
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. [This raises] in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no-one could have dreamed would have come their way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now” – W.H. Murray
I love this thought so much. I have put a bookmark on this page and read it regularly. It makes perfect sense to me, that when you clearly put out into the world what you are seeking to achieve, that you will be more in-tune and likely to pick up on possible opportunities. You will also be more likely to attract the right sort of people into your life who will help support you on your way. This will hopefully give you the opportunity to support others too, which just generally makes the world a nicer place to live in.
On my original plans, I had aimed to start thinking about a blog in September this year. However, when people saw I was thinking about doing this back in June I received so many positive comments and support I decided to leap in much earlier than planned. This was further helped by The Little Coffee Fox’s wonderful blog post about setting up a blog. I also received support promoting it within the Boho Berry Tribe on Facebook and Twitter, from lovely Candace. This blog helps me to feel I am giving a little back by trying to help others. Without having committed my goals to paper and sharing them on Instagram I am confident that they would have stayed just another vague idea in my head.
I can’t pretend it’s all been rosy and that there haven’t been setbacks. I’ve had some problems along the way and sometimes it can be pretty difficult to bounce back with the same enthusiasm. An example of this is on Saturday last week I shared the idea of a Travelling Bullet Journal on Instagram. I saw the idea of a Travelling Journal on Ninja Traveling’s Blog and thought this would be a great project to try in the bullet journal community and a way of giving something back. I wondered if the finished bullet journal could possibly be auctioned for charity and it was also suggested to me that it could be sent to Ryder Carroll, either of which sound great to me. I love the thought of a collaboration project and would hope that it might be a nice way to also boost other people’s IG accounts along the way. However…
Within 2 days a guy contacted me to basically say, thanks for the idea, I’ve now gone ahead and launched it on Facebook myself, I was pretty upset (under-statement!!). I blame my naivety because I really didn’t expect someone to do that. It also made me just want to give up on the idea. To make it worse, me being me, I just congratulated him and wished him all the best with his project – I’m such a wimp sometimes 🙁 I know you can’t protect an idea like this and I was very open about the fact that I had been inspired by someone else’s blog who had sent a traveling journal around the world as a project with their children. However, it upset me that rather than try and collaborate, or even mention where the idea came from on FB, he has jumped in there first.
However, I have taken a few days to reflect and message some great IG friends to see what they think and I now feel, bugger it (sorry!), so many people were excited about this idea, I am determined to go ahead and make it happen and now make it even better. So, this weekend I am going to block out some time to really get cracking on this project and try and make it a wonderful experience for people to be involved in. Thank you Lena, Candace and Kris – your support, encouragement and wise words saw me through a tricky couple of days.
I share this, partly to get it out of my system, but also to be honest about the fact that along with all the great opportunities, some not so great things may also come along in an attempt to derail you. Hopefully by reaching out to others for support and reflecting on your own goals and values, these things will actually help to make you stronger, refine your plans further and push you even closer towards your goals with renewed determination.
As always, the details are stored in the 6 week challenge page, as a download and on YouTube. Some new people have joined in with the challenge, which is so exciting for me, so please do show them some support by searching on #journalwithpurpose
I have refreshed the Inspiration Gallery and you can now click on each picture to go straight onto the original IG pages to view the content more clearly and introduce yourselves to each other.
Thank you for joining me on this journey and apologies for the long blog post. Thank you also for the inspiring messages you have sent me as you have worked through this challenge. Best wishes for the week ahead, Helen xx