Edited to add new projects below!
Reading through the goals you have set for yourself as part of Project Dreamcatcher was really moving and humbling. I am amazed and inspired by all of you, and I can’t wait to follow your progress.
I guess I’m ready then. Here comes my own big reveal!
But I’d like to first speak about the Matt Cutts/TED lecture I chose for Week One, which was short and sweet. Watching Matt’s talk was the spark that actually inspired me to create this project.
Matt talks about his own experiences with making a goal come true in 30 days. The 30 day time period is significant for a few reasons: research suggests that once you do something for a minimum of 30 days, it starts to become a habit. (Although, for the average person, a habit isn’t fully formed for 66 days.) But: 30 days is also a short, manageable chunk of time. The reason I have chosen 8 weeks for our timeline is because I think it gives us a better chance of achieving our goals and making a habit.
While watching Matt’s video, a few things struck me:
1. Matt claims the time during his 30 day challenges was much more memorable. Instead of the month flying by “forgotten” he savored and remembered moments more.
2. Working on and mastering a new challenge increased Matt’s self-esteem and led him to complete more adventurous goals, like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
3. He also notes that if you really want something badly enough, you can do anything for a short period of time. The act of COMPLETING a goal is incredibly inspiring.
He concludes his speech with this rousing invitation:
“So why not think about something you’ve ALWAYS wanted to try, and give it a shot!”
Matt’s point about how empowering it is to complete a goal was the kick in the butt I needed. It forced me to take action.
So. What have I always wanted to try?
Before I even get there, (ARGH!! I hear you thinking, unless you’ve already scrolled to the end. Understandable.) I used to be of the philosophy that it was stupid to reveal a goal or a dream to others. Keep it under your hat, I always thought. That way, no one knows whether you’ve failed.
You know what? Screw that. Kathy said something that really resonated with me: “I am always looking for ways to keep myself accountable to my goals.”
I need to apply the same accountability for this dream that I apply to myself in the workforce. If I have a work deadline, I never, ever miss it. EVER. Yet, I feel so reluctant to put that kind of pressure on myself when it comes to a personal goal.
But that’s exactly what I NEED to do. Because my own dream is just as important to me (and probably even more so) than some arbitrary work project. And I need to treat it as such.
(Sorry, I’m nervous.)
By the end of this summer, I will complete my book. What’s my book? It’s a much longer version of Faces of ALI, and it focuses on little known but inspiring stories of ordinary yet extraordinary people going through infertility and loss and adoption with hope and grace. I think a lot of us are irritated that the infertility books being pushed by the big publishers are books like this. So many people suffering from infertility need to feel they are not alone, that there are other people out there who have gone through the same things and survived and eventually thrived. Leah and her fabulous book have inspired me to get these real stories out there, so others can read them. And take heart and have hope.
I will not only complete my book, but I WILL publish it. It will be available to the public by September 2, 2013.
And that’s my goal!
But I will do it, with your help. And I will help you to make YOUR goals and dreams a reality. Together, we can do it.
LET’S DO THIS THING!!
Here are links to bloggers participating in Project Dreamcatcher. If we could all help each other along our journeys to our dreams, that would be RAD. Research shows that those who are supported are 33% more likely to achieve their goals.
1. R. Sativus: Feel Better About Myself
2. Cheryl That’s Me: Improve Study Habits
3. Adventures in Writing, Reading and BookCrossing: Establish a Daily Writing Habit
4. Little Chicken Nugget: Take Care of Myself
5. Project Progeny: Make Significant Progress On My Dissertation
6. Stumbling Gracefully: Plant a Garden
7. Too Many Fish To Fry: Finish and Publish My Book
8. Ms. Mom PharmD: Run a 5 k
9. Wordgirl: Project Urban Farm
Link to your post in the comments below and I will add you ASAP.
10. Dipitie: Master Photography
What is Project Dreamcatcher? Click here.
To everyone else, please feel free to join in at any time and/or discuss in the comments below what has helped you meet goals in the past! Was it a supportive community? Deadlines? Did you feel more alive while engaged in making your goal happen?