What are you goals right now? Are they written down? Do you have things you want to do that always seem to slip? Do you get distracted by everyday life and seem to have the same New Year’s resolutions every.single.year?
I’ve always struggled with thinking about where I want to go because I am not always sure how to get there. People say you just have to start, and I think yes you do, but where?! Some aspects of my life I find it easier to just dive in, while others I feel like I am still waiting on the sidelines, which is not where I want to be. So, enter Lara Casey’s Powersheets. For Christmas this past year, Tiffany gifted us both a set of Lara’s Powersheets, a 12 month program that gets you to think about your goals both long term and short term, so you can make daily progress and stay motivated in reaching your goals. We entered this program with an open mind, willing to try anything since we both didn’t feel like what we had been doing was working as well as it could be. Lara’s approach is to focus on what matters and make intentional and meaningful goals happen. You won’t see any generic goals here. It’s all about what will make US happy and successful, however we define that.
We wanted to share our thoughts about each of the sections of the prep work required in the Powersheets process. Our prep-work month was April and this month we’ve started using the sheets to chart out our progress. If you have any questions about the Powersheets, sign up for our VIDEO TUTORIAL!
Steps 1-4 of the Powersheets focus on getting you to be honest about how you are today. The first sheet is a series of questions that you ask yourself, such as your favorite candy and what makes you happy. You then write down your big ideas as well as your fears.
- Becca: Initially I was a bit skeptical of this step, but as I went on I felt it did give me the space to write down everything that was on my mind, to help me clear my mind and give me the space to really think about some of the tougher questions. I struggled with writing down my big ideas, as I felt my ego was already screaming that those ideas were too big and I couldn’t accomplish them. I tried to shove those thoughts out of my mind quickly!
- Tiffany: It felt funny to me to fill in my favorite things. I actually struggled with some like “Life story in one sentence.” It was an interesting reflection though. I liked writing out in detail where I was and how I was feeling as I started the sheets. It isn’t often that I do that so it felt good to get it on paper.
In steps 5-7 we start thinking about goals, and the first step in that process is to take a look back. To do that, you write about what has been working, and what hasn’t been working; lessons we’ve learned; the big picture of where we want to go; and the specific things that matter to us.
- Becca: I liked the idea of looking back and seeing both what worked and what didn’t work. That contrast really helped me be honest, as I didn’t feel I was just focusing on the positive or the negative. I was trying to be honest and factual about what happened so I can learn. The more honest you can be about where you are, the more growth you can do.
- Tiffany: I liked starting with things that have been working and the encouragement on the sheets to come up with at least twenty things. It shifted my perspective to see the list of things that are working as a much longer list than what is not since I easily focus on where I need to improve or what is not working.
With the groundwork set, we are now officially ready to start writing our goals. The Powersheets allow for up to ten goals, and each goal has its own full length sheet that makes you think about why you have the goal, how you will achieve the goal and why this particular goal is important to you.
- Becca: Ten goals was so intimidating at first! I looked at these sheets and just stared for what felt like hours (realistically only a few minutes) as I was nervous about writing anything down. However, once I started the process was easy. The prep work really helped me look into all aspects of my life – work, home, relationships, marriage, me! – and establish goals in each area to get me to where I want to be.
- Tiffany: Though the process was different to arrive at my goals using the Powersheets, my goals are very similar to my intentions from the Life with Intention course I did earlier this year. I’ve been doing a lot of work this year on becoming clear about my values, goals, and intentions so setting goals was not difficult for me. While the sheets allow for up to 10 goals, there is no way I could focus on that many at once so I filled in 5.
Now that the big picture is in view, and we know where we want to go, we need to determine the monthly, weekly and even daily tasks we can do to help us achieve these goals, what Lara calls a tending list. Each section of monthly sheets includes a tending list that you can mount wherever you will see it on a daily basis so that you can have that check-in and remind yourself of the things you can do to get you where you want to go. We’ve filled it out for May, and will start crossing things off our list (hopefully!).
- Becca: I chose to focus on a few specific goals for this month, and broke those down into daily, weekly and monthly steps. I thought trying to tackle something in all ten was a bit ambitious, though at the same time I am not sure I pushed myself as hard as I should have. But it is just the first month so we’ll see how I do with what I have. I like that this tending list is something I can check daily to see where I am and what I need to be focusing on.
- Tiffany: This was the hardest part for me. Figuring out how to break off little pieces of my goals that I will work on for a month took me some time to figure out. Since my goals are similar to my intentions, I already know that I have a hard time keeping focused on more than one goal at a time so I wasn’t sure how to make my list for the month realistic and something I could actually achieve without completely stressing myself out!