Posted by: Kristy | June 16, 2009

Ah, vision casting

Yesterday, I facilitated orientation for the students in our June class. This is a monthly happening around these parts and includes a section on goal setting.

This is one of my favorite parts of my job every month. I get to watch this inspiring DVD of uber successful people talking about their goals and overcoming challenges and casting vision and whatnot. And then I get to talk students through writing down their dreams and setting long-term goals and the intermediate and short-term steps to reach said goals … it’s always such a kick in the butt for me.

And I always say I’m going to do it with them one of these days. I seriously think that when people get frustrated and distracted and despondent a lot may have to do with an underlying feeling of purposelessness and lack of direction. Seeing as how I went from having direction a year ago to feeling like a hamster running on my wheel, killing time until I figure things out, that would be a very accurate description of how I feel sometimes.

So, here we go. 🙂

As I tell my students, a good goal must be objective, dated, active, measureable and  positive, among other things.

I’m posting them here to add another trait — accountable.

If I let my imagination run wild, my goals include:

* Find a way to make money writing or via graphic design again within the next year. (So I guess that would be by July 1, 2010.)

* Make time every month to dance for myself again instead of just teaching others how to dance, even if that means signing up for a non-ballroom class at a different studio.

* Travel more places out of state for fun, not business, starting with visiting NYC and L.A. (and maybe D.C.) by the end of 2009.

* Stop renting and buy a home in the next five years.

* Either find a more consistent, monthly or bi-weekly way to connect with new people at the church I currently attend, or find a new church where I want to be connected on a weekly basis the way I was in Lima.

* Make more time to relax and have alone time by reading two to three books a month.

* Take a photography course and buy the camera I’ve been talking about — for years — within the next two years.

* Have coffee with or dinner with or take a walk with or call a good friend every week. It will stave off that lonely feeling that can be kind of overwhelming at times.

* Visit Europe again — including Ireland, England and Germany — by the time I’m 35.

So that’s just a few. There are others … some are too embarrassing to share. Others are too personal to share. But these … these ones I’ll try to keep ya posted on.

It just feels good to carve out a little direction toward which to head.



  1. Look me up if you need a place to stay while visiting LA. Moving there in less than three weeks. 🙂

  2. It’s great you set out your goals like that. It gives clarity and does help you focus when you’re feeling challenged. I just posted about how, before you can cast vision (including setting goals around that vision), you need to understand why you’re doing what you’re doing. Then the vision (and goals) will be clearer.

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