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It’s Okay To Grow Slow

We might be wrapping up Cultivate What Matters Week, but that doesn't mean our little by little progress ends here! The Cultivate Team is committed to continuing to encourage and equip you on your journey to make what matters happen in your own lives!

Our final piece of encouragement to you is this–it's okay to grow slow. When we look at the defining moments in our company this past year, we see a thread of intentional decisions we have made as a team to grow deeper instead of wider. What does that mean exactly?

It means we ordered the exact number of 2017 PowerSheets our team knew we could handle well.

It means we've chosen to say no to opportunities we are excited about to ensure our team is not stretched too thin.

It means we say no to ordering larger quantities so that we can spend our time building relationships with each of you.

We want to stay small because small doesn't mean that we aren't making an impact. Small means we get to talk on the phone with many of you, one-to-one. We have the bandwidth to build relationships with you. Small means we get to know your stories, and then share those stories with the rest of our community. Small means we get quality over quantity, and we have no intentions of changing that.

When the world says do more, grow faster, go, go, GO, we are choosing to celebrate the sprouts we see coming through the dirt. Why?

We believe that growing an intentional life is possible, right where we are: in the mess, in the tension, in the wait, and in what may feel imperfect.

We believe that good things grow over time, through little-by-little progress.

We believe that cultivating what matters isn't magic: it takes hard work and intentional decisions. From tilling up the earth and planting seeds, to tending and pruning, to the harvest, growing good things takes muscle, heart, and leaps of faith.

We believe cultivating what matters changes everything.

Celebrate the little by little progress you've made on your goals, and trust that while you might now see the growth sprouting through the ground quite yet, the roots are growing deeper to support what is to come!

Download your Cultivate Manifesto, preorder your 2017 PowerSheets (scheduled to ship later this spring), and follow Lara's 2017 Goal-Setting Series to set intentional goals right now, right where you are! It's never too late to begin cultivating what matters. Thank you for allowing us to cheer you on!

 

 

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How to Add CultivateWhatMatters.com to Your Home Screen!

Just like we need to keep our Tending Lists somewhere we'll see it every day, we've learned that having CultivateWhatMatters.com easily accessible is a must, too. Awhile back, we learned how to make websites look like apps on our iPhone home screens. Having the page ready to tap whenever we need to add goals, encourage others, and get some additional tips on goal setting has been so helpful!

(Plus, I think having it on your home screen means that you're less likely to open Safari and get distracted by the vastness of the interwebs :) )

Want to know how to add CultivateWhatMatters.com to your home screen? It's easy!

1. Open Safari and go to CultivateWhatMatters.com

2. Click on the Send button in the bottom navigation. It's the button that looks like an arrow coming out of a box.

3. Once that menu opens up, click on the "Add to Home Screen" option (the box with the plus sign inside). You might have to scroll to the right to see this option.

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4. Customize the title of the website (this is the name that will appear on your home screen), or leave it as-is.

5. Click "add" and voila! Move the app around your home screen based on your preference.

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(There's my app, on the bottom right where I can easily tap it!)

It's so easy, you might be tempted to do this will all your favorite websites! Just remember—choose what matters most to you. How you spend your time is how you spend your life! :)

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Our Very Best PowerSheets Tip

We're still celebrating Cultivate What Matters Week! Why? Did you know 50% of the US population sets goals or resolutions in January and by February 15th, half of them have given up on their goals! In light of that sobering statistic, I want to share the one piece of advice I recommend over and over again to our Cultivate family! You might be surprised to hear it...

Find a PowerSheets buddy to keep you accountable in making the little by little progress on your goals. Accountability is a game-changer! When someone emails me or leaves a comment on Instagram because they feel stuck on their goals, this is always where I start and what I tell them. It might seem scary at first, but I guarantee this pays off in the long run!

Feeling overwhelmed about how to find a buddy? No need to worry! Here are a few tips to help you get started in incorporating accountability into your goal-setting!

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These are some lovely ladies from a Raleigh PowerSheets Power Group that have been meeting monthly for a few years to talk through their goals, thanks to one lady stepping out of her comfort zone and asking for accountability! Photo by Robyn Van Dyke.

Be the person who asks. Yes, getting over the fear of rejection is the first step! Whether you ask a local friend or someone in the PowerSheets Facebook Group, we can assure you it's likely the person will be just as excited as you are to have a sounding board for their goals and some accountability!

Use technology to your advantage. The great thing about modern technology is we have a plethora of communication resources at our fingertips! From Skype to Facetime to Google Hangouts, it's easy to connect with a long-distance friend. You're not limited to your zip code!

Schedule it, and stick to it. Decide what schedule works best for you and your buddy, schedule it, and stick to it. Honor the commitment you made by showing up, even if you feel like you have no progress to report. We're sure you've accomplished more than you think because the little by little adds up! If anything, having a fresh set of eyes will help you feel encouraged by what you've done and refocus on what is still left!

Find a group (or groups!) that fit your interests and season of life on the Cultivate What Matters site! Click "Groups" at the top of the page and you'll see all the options! If you want to see what else you can do on the new CWM site, Nicole explained everything for you.

Like the Cultivate What Matters manifesto says, "we believe in growing together, in blooming where we've been planted, and in helping others do the same." Know you are not alone, friends! The Cultivate Team is cheering you on!

How do you stay accountable with your goals? We'd love to hear from you below in the comments!

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Stories from PowerSheets Giveaway Recipients

In celebration of Cultivate What Matters Week, we wanted to share the stories of some special women who are cultivating what matters in their own lives that we've recently "met," thanks to your generous nominations!

The whole reason we changed the name of our business last year was because we knew we needed a platform to tell other people's stories–YOUR stories! Last month, we posted an open call asking for nominations of special ladies to receive a sold out One-Year PowerSheets Workbook, and the stories that came in were incredible! The best part? These are ladies who have been cultivating what matters in their own lives before having PowerSheets in hand (though we changed that with some happy mail!)

As we celebrate a week of little by little progress, we thought there was no better time to celebrate these women. We hope these stories will touch your heart as much as they touched ours and encourage you to start cultivating what matters to you right now–right where you are! Like our Cultivate Manifesto says, "we believe that good things grow over time, through little by little progress."

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Sonia's Story, nominated by her daughter

"Sonia is my mother. Throughout my struggle with mental illness, she has stood with me and helped me to take the steps to heal. She has encouraged, shown compassion, and nudged me always in the right direction. She would give me the best advice each day: take it moment by moment, step by step. I feel that her belief in me helped me believe in myself. In the past two years my mother has experienced very extreme and severe hardship. She found out that her husband was battling numerous addictions, and she stood by his side sacrificing so much to serve him throughout treatment. When it became evident that he was not willing to recover, she bravely walked away from the emotionally abusive relationship. She welcomed my sister and brother into her home when they lost theirs. She took on two extra jobs to support herself and her children. During that time, she also began having health issues that were not covered when her insurance was unexpectantly terminated. She also is a caretaker for my grandmother and never fails to make time for her. Throughout all of her suffering, she has not once wavered in her belief that God has faith in her path and endurance. She continues to selflessly care for those around her. I nominate her because, as everything seems to be crumbling in her life, the PowerSheets may help her see a new light. They may be the ticket to healing and thriving when it can feel like there is so little hope for her to hold onto in this new season. After caring for so many people, I would like her to invest in her own healing."

Catherine's Story, nominated by her sister

"Catherine is my sister, and although younger by two years, she is my inspiration! She pursues her faith, relationships, and life-purpose so gracefully and generously and always encourages me in my own goals. She's my best friend. Catherine introduced me to the PowerSheets, and we both fantasized about getting sets and working on them together. However, they simply weren't in the budget for the foreseeable future. When she saw that you were hiding a set in our town of Greenville, SC on your PowerSheets Road Trip she hunted it down and (so generously!!) surprised me by gifting it to me instead of keeping it and enjoying it for herself. I would LOVE to be able to return the surprise and gift her!"

Marcie's Story, nominated by her husband

"Marcie is the love of my life, a wonderful mother, and my best friend. She is the lifeblood of our family, keeps us together, and on track with our goals."

Wilma's Story, nominated by her daughter

"Wilma is my momma, and she is always there when I need her! Every day, she teaches me what it means to be a strong woman! Because of her example, I have an amazing relationship with both of my daughters. She has atrial fibrillation and received a pacemaker in December. A month later, she was diagnosed with stage 3A breast cancer. She just started chemotherapy, and she is trying really hard to stay positive and upbeat. I think PowerSheets will help her set goals, manage her life in this season, and, most of all, encourage her. She is my rock, and at 48 years old, I still call my momma every single day!"

Allison's Story, nominated by her best friend

"Allison is my absolute best friend. She is an amazing woman of God, creative, smart, talented, beautiful and always there to encourage me! She is a homeschooling Mama who just made a cross-country move with her four young children to support her husband and his growing business. In this new season, she's trying to figure out her family's goals and direction for this new chapter. She wants the best for her family and just needs a bit of guidance in figuring out what their goals are. PowerSheets would be an amazing tool for her!"

Lilli's Story, nominated by a family friend

"Lilli is an incredible young woman who truly knows what she wants out of life. She's the toughest and smartest teenager I know! She is highly discerning and capable. Lilli is in a season of transition, having graduated high school early and now working on college decisions. She is in a place where she's looking to set goals and make progress. She really wanted a set, but didn't hear about PowerSheets until they were sold out!"

Katherine's Story, nominated by her daughter

"Katherine is my mom, and she is the most organized person I know! She plans ahead in years (it's crazy!) She loves to plan but more than anything she loves to help others plan. She sacrifices a lot to be able to selflessly give people what she wishes she could have had at a young age. She ordered a set of PowerSheets for herself but she remembered how much I wanted one and gave it to me when they were sold out! She's the true definition of a mom–sacrificing things she loves for her children."

We are grateful to the men and women who took the time to share these stories with us! It's not too late to get a set of PowerSheets; we've opened preorders for our Six-Month PowerSheets Workbooks that are expected to ship by late May!

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How To Set Goals with Your Significant Other

Happy Valentine's Day, friends! In light of this love-filled holiday, I wanted to share a few of my best tips for setting goals with your significant other. Setting goals with my husband John has been one of the sweetest and most fruitful parts of my life, and I wish the same for you!

  • Explain why goal setting has worked for you. If your significant other isn't fully on board right away, explain why goal setting matters to you, what excites you about it, and the difference it has made in your life. Give tangible examples.
  • Play it cool. Introduce the idea of goal setting gently. Don't bust out eight different colored pens and our couples guide and a supplemental notebook and your calendar and ask for a three-hour block of his day all at the same time. If you think sitting down for a large chunk of time isn't in the cards, try incorporating some prompts from the guide into your normal conversation. I find John and I have our best uninterrupted conversation on our evening walks, so if it were me, I'd just choose one prompt per day, then jot some notes down in the guide once we were back home.
  • Make it fun. If your significant other is on board for a meeting of the minds, make your time for dreaming and planning fun. We like to go out to dinner for our big once a year "life audit" and goal setting session. We choose a restaurant with a quiet atmosphere that lends itself to a leisurely dinner. (Bonus points for choosing a spot you don’t go to often, so it feels like more of a special occasion!) You certainly could have your celebration dinner at home, but I find that it’s easier to concentrate, have a deeper conversation, and get into dreaming mode when I’m out of my normal environment. If it's feasible for you, a weekend getaway would be even better (but certainly not required)!
  • Stay flexible. Remember that goal setting together doesn't have to look the same as goal setting apart. I'm most likely to get frustrated when I set up rigid expectations around our goal setting evenings, expecting them to fit into a perfect little box because I'M the one who suggested this goal setting idea, anyway. My husband, however, usually has his own thoughts about how the evening should go, and they're often better than mine! Stay loose and open, and the time will more rewarding and productive for everyone.
  • Say thank you. If your significant other goes out of his way to set goals with you, especially if doing so is out of his comfort zone, a heartfelt thank you is in order (and will make it more likely he'll agree to another session!). Go out of your way to reciprocate in his own love language.
  • Celebrate your progress. A hallmark of the PowerSheets and our couples guide is that you don't just set goals and forget about them. Post them up in your home, return to them regularly, and when there's progress to celebrate, do so with abundance! Make your favorite meal for dinner, go out for ice cream, go to the beach for the day, take the afternoon off of work and go to a movie - whatever is meaningful and fun for the two of you, do it.

Tomorrow is the last day to add code LOVEBIRDS for free shipping on your Couples Companion Mini Guide! I'd love to hear: how do you set goals with your significant other? If you don't, what has stopped you in the past?

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