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How To Set Good Goals for 2017

We don’t do traditional pressure-filled, do-it-all goal setting around here. We uncover intentional, less-is-more goals. This is grace-filled goal setting. We set “good goals.”

Good goals are about stewarding what you’ve been given well: your relationships, your money, your possessions, your work, your children, your home, your health, and your time. A little intentional forethought goes a long way!

We are humbled to say we are sold out of both our One-Year and Six-Month PowerSheets, but that doesn't mean you can't set intentional goals for the year! Lara Casey shared her Sixth Annual Goal-Setting Series on her blog last week, and it's the perfect place to get started on cultivating your most intentional year yet! Grab a journal (we recommend the Make It Happen Journal from the shop!), and join Lara as she walks you through her Personal PowerSheets Prep Work for 2017!

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We are completely sold out of our 2017 PowerSheets, and we are looking into getting a small batch of Six-Month #PowerSheets for the second half of the year, but that doesn't mean you have to wait! Use Lara's Goal-Setting Series to dig in right now. There is nothing magical about January 1st (or June 1st for that matter!)

Do you need the PowerSheets and Make It Happen book to have an intentional year? No. You don’t need any thing to live this life well. They are great tools if you choose to use them, but if you only do this blog series, and use scrap paper to write your answers, that’s great too. Use what you have! If you are someone who has been stuck in indecision lately, or feeling fear about diving into new things, join us in making a mess and dig in!

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Part One: Let's Get Started!

Part Two: Cultivate What Matters

Part Three: Say Yes, Say No, Choose a Word

Part Four: Uncover Intentional Goals

Part Five: Make It Happen!

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Have you set your goals for the year? If so, leave them as a comment so we can cheer you on!

Still need more direction after Lara's Goal-Setting Series?

1. Grab a copy of Lara's bookMake it Happen.

2. Explore the rest of the Cultivate What Matters community site for resources and encouragement!

3. Join Lara and the rest of the Cultivate team in person for the Making Things Happen Conference in March.

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Tips for Tending

Our Tending List was designed to help you simplify your life and break down big goals into actionable items! We've compiled our best tips for tending below, after years of working with the Tending List. We hope they're helpful for you!

  1. Use this Tending List to fit your life. It works for business, personal, or a mix of goals!
  2. Flip through your yearly goals before filling out your Tending List each month. Chip away at a few of them by adding some of your Action Plan ideas to your Tending List each month.
  3. Add items from your calendar and important to-dos to your Tending List. Examples: Host a neighborhood dinner party or finish a project well.
  4. Tending is about progress, not perfection. New this year is a progress bar for monthly goals! Fill in the progress bar little by little. Imperfect progress adds up!
  5. You don't need to fill in every line. Some months, I only have two daily goals, and some months, I fill in every slot!
  6. Daily goals should be simple habits you want to cultivate during the month. Examples: encourage someone, stretch before bed, pray.
  7. Make your Tending List items specific and connected to what matters. Example: Instead of “work out,” try “get outside and get moving three times per week for thirty minutes because it will help give me more energy!”
  8. I rarely finish a month with all the boxes checked off—sometimes, goals change or things don’t get done. The goal isn’t a perfectly checked-off list; the goal is meaningful, little by little progress. The little by little adds up.
  9. Put your Tending List somewhere you will see it all day. Either keep this page open on your desk or take your Tending List out and tape it somewhere. When I get distracted or feel idle, I look at my Tending List, and am reminded where to put my focus.

Want more tips for PowerSheets? Watch our PowerSheets Prep Webinar here!

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Lara’s Action Plan Worksheets

Ready for more examples of action plan worksheets? Whether you're filling out your PowerSheets for business goals, personal goals, or a mix of both, we hope these examples help guide you in the process.

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Explore Lara’s PowerSheets

One of the most helpful ways we've found to set goals that are based on all the priorities you've uncovered during PowerSheet Prep is to simply review! Once you finish with your PowerSheets Prep Work, flip back through everything you've written. Circle, highlight, sticker, or mark anything that stands out to you.

Are there themes or words that keep coming up, page after page? Do you see any threads that bind your priorities or challenges together? Review them and use those threads as inspiration for your 2017 goals!

Below, take a look at how Lara uses her stickers and some colorful pencils to review what she's written.

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Need a few more examples? Our editor, Emily, let us explore her PowerSheets, too!

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Bloom this May!

Happy May, friends!

As everything bursts to life this season, we feel the momentum kick up in our lives, too. For us, multiple business projects take off all at once in the spring. Everyone seems to be traveling, moving, or making big changes. The days speed by and suddenly it's May.

This may, we're going to flourish and bloom together. We just have to keep filling our buckets with fuel. For every step you've taken, every goal you've gotten closer to reaching, remember to celebrate! Adventures and vacation days aren't frivolous fun—they're crucial to helping you be your best self.

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Join us as we pour buckets of gratitude for the action steps we've taken, and plan adventures full of the things that fire us up! Download May's #FreshStartSpring ebook Blooming today!

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AND - as PowerSheets Community members, take advantage of our exclusive desktop downloads and beautiful "Blooming" Art Print! Find them on your feed when you login to the community site!

Make sure to share your progress in your PowerSheets groups so we can encourage you! We're cheering you on this month, friends!

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