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Why You Don’t Need PowerSheets To Set Goals

Today can be your January 1st. I know what you're going to say because I've heard it a lot since we sold out of our 2017 PowerSheets a few weeks ago: "Jess, I need #PowerSheets and you're sold out! I can't start fresh without PowerSheets!"

What I'm about to say probably goes against every marketing tactic out there, but I'm going to say it anyway:

You don't actually need our PowerSheets to start cultivating an intentional life.

Are PowerSheets a tool that helps you organize your thoughts and dreams and break those down into action steps? I wholeheartedly believe so.

Is it helpful to have a beautiful spiral-bound workbook to keep everything together? Yes.

Are you more motivated to stay on track when you've spent money on and invested in a tool? Maybe.

But here's the thing: You can start right where you are. It's not the product that matters; it's the work you put into it. You don't have to have a PowerSheets Workbook to start setting intentional goals. In fact, if you wait until 2018 PowerSheets come out this fall, you are doing yourself a disservice by not taking advantage of the momentum and excitement you feel right now.

So what do you do while you wait? Here are some great places to start (some are even free!):

  • In her 2017 Goal-Setting Series, Lara walks through her personal PowerSheets prep and goals for the year. It's a great place to follow along, with a notebook and pen in hand. There are five parts, and here is a direct link to Part One.
  • The Cultivate blog is full of great tips and tricks that are applicable even if you don't have PowerSheets in hand! Equal parts encouragement, behind the scenes of what's happening in the office, and practical to-dos, it's a great place to find resources for some of your action steps.
  • Lara's first book, Make It Happen, incorporates some of the same prompts from the PowerSheets process. Work through this by yourself or with a buddy.
  • Our Couples and Parents Companion Guides are a great resource to help you set goals with your significant other or for your family. If youre looking to cultivate friendships, our Fruitful Friendships Workbook is for you! We created these guides to use in conjunction with your PowerSheets, but they're full of great conversation starters and resources!
  • The Making Things Happen Conference is coming back in March 2018! Tickets officially went on sale yesterday, and you can save your seat and secure the early bird price today! I know you'll have PowerSheets in hand by then, but trust me, this intensive was created to give you a solid foundation and action plan. It was created to help you simplify your life and gain clear direction.

For those of you reading this that don't have PowerSheets in hand, I'm going to challenge you to something today. Make a decision to spend the rest of the year intentionally cultivating what matters. Write it down, and start making little by little progress on it.

The Cultivate team is always ready to answer your questions, remind you to focus on your why, and be your biggest cheerleaders. We are on this journey with you!

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Making Things Happen is Happening in 2018

We're thrilled to be releasing tickets for our 2018 Spring Making Things Happen Conference in Chapel Hill, NC on March 19-20, 2018!

The Making Things Happen Conference is unlike any other conference. MTH is the work you do before investing in other conferences. Before you take action on what’s important to you, you have to know where you’re going. This intensive was created to give you a solid foundation and action plan. It was created to help you simplify and gain direction. One of the most tangible ways I can describe MTH to you is simply this: MTH is like PowerSheets in person.

I know there are many of you out there who weren't able to get a set of 2017 PowerSheets. While they're not exactly the same (obviously, the price point is quite different!), we truly believe that the experience of attending the Making Things Happen Intensive is similar to walking into a set of PowerSheets–but far, far better! We often describe PowerSheets as a guided coaching tool, but at MTH, you actually DO have a guide and a coach: Lara Casey herself and a group of accountability partners.

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Photo by Amy Nicole Photography

I know what you're thinking. "That sounds great and all, Jess, but March 2018 is months away and I can't afford to think that far ahead."

Allow me to politely respond with this: You simply can't afford NOT to think that far ahead.

MTH is about digging deep, establishing priorities, uncovering a purposeful vision for your life and business, and discovering how to make what matters most happen. Making Things Happen was founded on the idea that you have the choice to change your life. This time is an investment in you and your future. We prioritize what is important to us. Register for your seat today, add it to your calendar, and plan to be there with us!

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Our Encouragement Crew gives the best welcome hugs! Photo by Carrie Joy Photography

You can read much more about Making Things Happen, as well as testimonials from our most recent class of attendees, here. If you'd like to learn more, we'd also encourage you to watch the replay of a previous webinar with Lara and a few MTH alums from all different backgrounds to see if the experience might be right for you.

If you're on the fence, now is the time. We intentionally chose not to host a Fall 2017 MTH, which means we have friends who have been waiting upwards of a year to register for Spring 2018. I have a feeling this might be the quickest sell-out, so don't delay in registering. Payment plans are available.

Questions? Leave a comment below and we'll happily answer them!

P.S. We're giving away a scholarship seat in memory of one of our dear long-time friends, Yvette Price, who embodied all that we teach at MTH. She was courageous in her battle with cancer and made what matters happen despite great challenges. She grew what would last longer than her: a whole lot of love and joy in the lives of others. In her honor, we're excited to give away one seat to either an alum or new attendee. This scholarship is for the full ticket price not including travel or accommodations. Enter to win the Yvette Price Scholarship over on Lara's blog by July 31st!

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July Goals Round-Up

Happy July, friends! It's that time of the month where we share a monthly goals round-up! If you read our 2017 Goals Round-Up, you know that I'm a big fan of reading all of your goals for the year and cheering you on!

Mid-Year Goal Setting can feel daunting, can't it? It's easy to look back at the past six months and focus on what you didn't accomplish. But here's the thing: it doesn't have to feel that way. When you focus on all the things you did accomplish, your attitude changes. Instead of feeling like you're ready to give up on goals altogether, you're perspective changes. You're excited and eager to jump in and continue to make GOOD progress.

This month's July Goals Round-Up is about celebrating the little by little progress we made over the past six months and continuing to work towards cultivating what matters in our lives!

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Lindsay had the cutest PowerSheets buddy this month!

In a season of transition with a new baby, Amanda's intentional decision to focus on her wins had me excited for her end of 2017 recap!

Jena is a meant-to-be friend because she says goal planning is her love language, and her vulnerability about uneasiness she felt heading into June really resonated with me. It's easy to start a fresh month in your PowerSheets thinking "I'm good!" but sometimes that just isn't the case. Admitting her fears, Jena was able to trust and embrace her season instead of trying to change it.

As someone who often has a hard time choosing encouraging words for the month, Courtney's July encouraging words really resonated with me. So much so that I might use it :) Read more about why she chose it, and be encouraged.

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Nicole worked through her Fruitful Summer seasonal refresh page.

Rachel is intentionally keeping her July Tending List light by focusing on the few things that are extra important. Cheering you on as you wrap up Real Estate School!

Have a big transition coming up? Mary's July PowerSheets are a great example of incorporating them into your transitions!

Heather is one of our newest PowerSheets users, and we are already so excited about cheering her on! I particularly love her goal to "foster vacation vibes all the time!"

If you've posted your goals somewhere, we'd love to see them! Feel free to drop them in the comments, too–no fancy blog required! We can't wait to take a peek into what this month holds and cheer you on!

Remember, keep sharing your goals with us each month so that we can cheer you on! Whether you're posting in our PowerSheets Facebook Group, leaving us a comment on social media, or using the #PowerSheets hashtag, we love seeing what you are working towards each month!

 

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PowerSheets Party – July

Happy July, friends!

On the final Friday of each month, the team hops on Instagram stories to share our personal PowerSheets prep with each of you! Join us in sharing your prep work each month using the hashtag #PowerSheets on social media so our team can cheer you on and encourage you as you cultivate what matters. This month's PowerSheets Party is actually one of my favorites, which might surprise you since it didn't involve me at all!

Our lovely Art Director, Nicole, Southern Weddings' Advertising Director, Marissa Kloess, and our Founder, Lara Casey, shared their July PowerSheets with you, and it's so fun to watch!

My favorite part? Nicole's adorable use of Instagram filters and willingness to change prompts to make them work for herself, and Marissa's encouragement about making a mess in PowerSheets.

If you haven't finished your July PowerSheets Prep yet, that's okay! Take some time today to dig in! Even if you only fill in a few items on your to-do list, it's still better than a blank page!

Share your July goals in the comments below. We'd love to read about what you have planned for the month!

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June Goals Round Up

Friends, do I have a treat for you today! Today's blog post is written by our newest member of the Cultivate team. We aren't introducing her just yet since we're still finalizing job roles and titles, but I can assure you that you will be seeing her lovely face in the coming weeks! I thought reading some of YOUR PowerSheets goals would be the best way for her to start to "meet" each of you, and I'm loving her takeaways from your progress! -Jess

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We love how colorful Catherine's desk is with her PowerSheets and Write the Word journals!

If you need help figuring out a rhythm of using your PowerSheets with your planner, take a look at Amanda’s post! I love how she breaks it up into easy steps, one of which is to add stickers to help her focus more on what’s important that week.

Mary celebrated a full month in May, and I love how she moved her “in progress” goals from May to June!

Karyn’s honesty in evaluating where she is right now when she developed her June goals is so refreshing. After taking on too much in May, her focus for June was to be selective and spend her time doing what is truly important to her.

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Isn't Natalie's What Fires Me Up page so fun?

If you've had your PowerSheets hidden away, or if you've felt like you haven't been in your groove, Kady's post is for you! I can definitely relate... I haven't gotten around to setting up my June tending list! These encouraging words were just what I needed to get going!

Courtney's June daily goals are all about simplifying. I love how she is focusing on how she can make habits that will allow for more time to achieve her weekly and monthly goals.

Rachel chose to keep some of her goals the same! Sometimes, it can take a little longer than a month to make daily goals and habits stick, so this is a great way to keep making progress!

If you've posted your goals somewhere, we'd love to see them! Feel free to drop them in the comments, too–no fancy blog required! We can't wait to take a peek into what this month holds and cheer you on!

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