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Target

March 29, 2016
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Having a goal is essential in figuring out what you want whether in life or in your work of art. If you know what your priorities are, it would help you decide what is important and what it is not. It helps you save your energy to figure out what needs to be done and what you can put off doing.

For example, if your goal is to become a crochet designer or a crochet artisan, it would help you choose crochet magazines and books instead of buying books about writing. Having a goal helps you figure out the things you need to do first. If you don’t know your goal (and therefore your priorities), it would be easy to go with the wind and find yourself not able to accomplish anything.

Goals are necessary since they help us have priorities. When we know our goals and our priorities, we can make choices easily. Sometimes, it’s the things that are not essential that are stopping us from doing the things that are. If we know what our goals, then we cut out the inessential and choose only the things that are necessary.

What are your goals? A bigger goal helps us create smaller goals. This should help us get our everyday choices. If we don’t know our goals and the steps necessary to take them, we won’t accomplish anything to get to our bigger goal.

Have you figure out your goal? It’s okay to have one goal and later on, figure out if you actually like where you’re heading. If you don’t like where you’re heading, then it’s time to reexamine your goal and make necessary changes to get to the goal that you want to accomplish. Sometimes, we would start with one thing and make things that are completely different from what we started.

Goals are necessary. However, we need to determine whether we want that goal or we want something else. Before we change our goals, we need to examine things more fully—don’t just pick a goal based on feelings. Is this what we really want? Why do we want it? It’s often the why that would help us what our goals are.

What are your goals? Why did you choose them?


Clear Vision

March 17, 2016
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People need to be clear with their vision. Otherwise, people would derail their plans. After all, they know their project the best.

While it’s good to incorporate other people’s advice, we need to keep in mind who’s completely in charge of the project. That way, if we have someone in our lives tell us that we’re making a big mistake and that we should do things their way, we would know to put our foot down in order to fulfill what was in our mind.

Remember that it’s you who’s in charge of the project. It’s you who’s making them and not whoever would give you advice. It’s also you who would be dealing with the consequences and not them. It’s your hands that does the painting, the typing, or the crocheting. It’s your body that creates these things so you shouldn’t let other people tell you otherwise.

Sometimes, people need to back off. What you need to realize is that it’s you making the decision and not them. There were times when it’s good to listen to other people’s advice. Then, there were times when you had to tell them to stop giving you the advice. Otherwise, it’s going to derail your plan to accomplish what you want. You need to do what you need in order to accomplish your goal. While it’s good to listen to other people’s advice, there would be times when you need to tell people to back off even if you love them.

That way, you’re going to do things according to your plan. While they might have good advice to offer, they might derail your plans because they would not factor the things that caused you to decide what you’re doing. Their idea of what you should do is very different from what they want you to accomplish.

Hold on to your vision. Don’t let other people tell you to do things differently or otherwise if it will hinder your goal.

Have you been clear about your vision?


Other People’s Opinions

March 16, 2016
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Sometimes, it’s not good to show our work when we’re not clear with what we truly want. I make things for people, only to have things changed because someone close to me would see one aspect of it that while I did consider, was not the major reason why I would be doing them. Then, I would follow what they want according to their vision instead of my own.

As often the case, it’s better to do what I want and then to show them the results later on. They often like the end results anyway. It’s not that I don’t value their opinion—I had other factors that they’re not considering. This is why it’s better to take a step back and to figure out what I want. Did what they tell me complement with my goal? Or would their opinion derail my plan completely? I have to make sure that I know what I want. This was one of reason I’m not showing people the things I’m making in the beginning. After all, they’re going to have a lot of opinion on how things should be done but I’m the one with the vision. My input is what matters the most.

Similarly, you need to be clear with your goals. Otherwise, other people would come in and tell you what they think. While they might offer valuable insights, the most important factor is what you want. After all, you’re the one creating them. If you’re not clear with what you want, whatever advice they tell you could hinder you instead of help you. If you want to make fuzzy socks, someone would tell you that they think it’s not practical which would cause you to buy a different yarn. If what they’re saying is different from what you want, you might create a completely different thing that do not align with your vision at all.

When you’re clear with what you want, only then can you compare it with other people’s advice. Since you’re the creator, you’re the most important factor of all. Don’t let people into talking you out of doing what you think is best.

What do you want? Would other people’s opinion hinder you or help you?


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