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Personal Goals

Updated on November 1, 2014

Written Goals Keep you on Track

I wrote this lens in 2011 as a Giant Squid Quest to write a lens about five goals for 2011. This was a great idea because I have always found that when I put my goals into writing I stick to them and have a much better chance of accomplishing them.

I struggled with what goals I wanted to list here. Like most people, I have goals for personal growth and improvement, but I wanted this lens to be more about my online activities. I am active in Squidoo, Zazzle, CafePress, In2Books, Facebook and several blogs.

Though this lens was written for a previous year, I find that it is still very relevant today. Taking the time to think through goals each year and writing them down increases my likelihood of completing them. No, I don't complete every goal, but I certainly get more done than if I hadn't made the goals in the first place.

This image of the butterfly that I photographed at the Butterfly House symbolizes my new beginning for each new year.

This lens will be about my goals for my online activities.

How often do you set goals?

For some people goal setting is a yearly project, but for others it is an ongoing process. I tend to make big goals once a year and then set weekly or even daily goals when I have a lot to accomplish.

I have found that weekly goals for the little things I want to accomplish help to keep me focused on the tasks at hand.

What are your goal setting habits?

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Keeping Track - the way to reach your goals

Whether you are talking about a diet, exercise plan, online activities, or any other personal accomplishments, writing down your goals is a great way to keep you focused and on track. Here is a book to help you plan your goals.

Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want -- Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible
Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want -- Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible

I have always found Brian Tracy books to be very helpful.

 

Photograph more Lighthouses

When I retired the end of 2006, I took up the hobby of photographing lighthouses. So far, I have photographed 40 lighthouses. My goal for the coming year is to add at least 4 more lighthouses to my list. I would also like to climb the Jupiter lighthouse and take some photos from the top.

March 21, 2011...I completed my goal of climbing the Jupiter Lighthouse today! It was wonderful the views from the top was well worth the climb. I reached this goal in 2011. I photographed 5 new lighthouses in Maryland and climbed to the top of the Jupiter lighthouse. Also I revisited the St. Augustine lighthouse and photographed it at night!

2013- I have far surpassed my goal...I currently have photographed over 80 lighthouses and have climbed to that top of about 10 of them.

Work on my Photography Skills

My photography is the basis for much of my online activites. One of my goals is to increase my skills. I am currently reading the book the Magic of Digital Nature Photography. I have been reading a chapter each week and then taking my camera out and working on the tips I have read about in the book. I am finding the book to be very helpful.

I am also planning to take a photography class this spring.

The Magic of Digital Nature Photography (A Lark Photography Book)
The Magic of Digital Nature Photography (A Lark Photography Book)

This is a book I refer to often to refresh my photography skills.

 

Add New Zazzle Items

My goal is to add a new Zazzle design at least every other day. I also want to recategorize my Zazzle store to make it more user friendly.

This is an ongoing goal for me. Keeping my Zazzle store fresh is important to help increase the sales.

Update 2013- in addition to working on my Zazzle store, I work to keep my Cafepress store fresh. Adding new items monthly.

I have found that one of the biggest ways to increase my likelihood of accomplishing goals is to keep a written record.

Do you keep a written list of what you want to accomplish? - stop by and leave a note

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Very impressive. Great work

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      livingfrontiers 

      6 years ago

      Keep going, and you will reach your dreams!

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      livingfrontiers 

      6 years ago

      Keep going, and you will reach your dreams!

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      Tracy Gibb 

      7 years ago

      Great lense. Goal setting is so important! I see you're almost to your goal of 200 lenses!

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      These really are great goals and beneficial to each other. Are you taking some interior shots of lighthouses too. I admire the architectural details of old, narrow stairways and also the lens for the light itself, view from upper windows, etc.

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      Patricia 

      7 years ago

      Cool on the Jupiter Light House climb! I'm sure you'll get to lens #200... Blessing this lens!

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      LakeMom 

      7 years ago

      Great goals! Keeping it simple too! You have inspired me and even though it is 5 months into the new year - I might try to write a lens to track my goals for the year! Writing it down and then putting it out in public will definitely cause some serious work to complete the goals! Good luck!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Good luck on your goal to reach 200 lenses. I'll be cheering for you.

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I should have included Zazzle in my goals as I'm negligent about adding new products. You've been busy!

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      ohcaroline 

      7 years ago

      Congratulations on climbing the lighthouse! It was well worth the effort, wasn't it? And you got a great photo to boot!

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      Patricia 

      7 years ago

      I have a goal to get to lens 200 this year too. In fact I want to get to 300 if I can by the end of the year. I am almost to 200 now. I lensrolled this to my 2011 Goals lens!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      You have listed some great, obtainable goals! I am sure you will reach every one of them. As for myself, I'm not sure what my goals for 2011 will be. I guess I will have to think about that tomorrow :)

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I struggled with my goal lens, I had actually never made any before, but finally got it finished. I dunno, but your photography skills are pretty gosh darn amazing! Best of luck with yours, I am sure you will meet them. Here's to 2011!

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      Faye Rutledge 

      7 years ago from Concord VA

      Making a list always makes be more likely to accomplish the goals. My goal right now is to make a list. :)

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      TapIn2U 

      7 years ago

      Perfect to begin your 2011! I know what can help you achieve your goals this year. If you have time, please check out my lens on a 3-step plan to achieve your Goals and New Years Resolutions. When you have a moment, I would love to hear what you think. If you have a suggestion- please let me know. Iâm learning as I go and so appreciate your help. Thanks and lensrolled this to my lens! Sundae ;-)

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      Julia M S Pearce 

      7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Best of luck with your goals for 2011.Congrats on your Giant Squid award!

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      WindyWintersHubs 

      7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Best Wishes with your Squidoo and Zazzle Goals for 2011. I'm really looking forward to seeing more of your photographs! :)

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      Carolan Ross 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Great start on the year with this goals page laid out so well, may it be your best ever.

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      Thoughtful goals. Best wishes to you in your photography endeavors and integrating that with Squidoo and Zazzle.

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      MBradley McCauley 

      7 years ago

      Learn more about things I can do here on Squidoo. I have about 60 lenses but I don't even know what a lensography is. I'm guessing it has something to do with photographs. Have a very successful goal reaching 2011.

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      Joan Hall 

      7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi, MaryBeth! I'm lensrolling you to my 2011 goals lens.

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      ohcaroline 

      7 years ago

      Those are very worthy goals. Hope you fulfill every one!

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