Goal Setting Guide Revisited


At last! I’ve wanted to revamp the goal guide pretty well since I first posted it. A few people mentioned that the long, scrolling format was kinda hard to follow and frankly, I agree. The new year seemed like a good time to clean it up and give it a run.

I’ve made it into sensible distinct pages, spaced things out, upped the text or illustration size here and there for emphasis and clarity. Now you’ve got the slide show below, or you can even download this printable version. I had a lot of interest from teachers last year, and I thought an easy peasy pdf may be appreciated.

I’m still working on redoing part 2, but I think it’s nice to slowly work through part 1 anyway, let those sweet goals marinate until they feel good.

So! Here is the slide show:

Ahh. Much better, right? Let me know what you think. Helpful? Yay or Nay?

I’m also making a companion worksheet to use with the guide, developing it as I work through my own goals. This year, I’m planning to launch a print shop to sell some of my illustrations, run a sort of a Ladies Drawing Night here in Bonn, and follow through on an exciting collaborative project with another blogger. You will hear more about that soon. It all scares me a little (or more like… a lot), but in a good way. So far, I’ve especially found pages 5-6 of the guide helpful. I made a list of all that could or would be gained through reaching each goal (e.g., experience running an event, new friendships and network connections, polished portfolio pieces, a sense of accomplishment, assertiveness skills, etc.). I found it really motivating, It’s a nice buffer against the crawl-in-a-hole vulnerability that often comes snuggled up with a challenging goal.

I’d love to hear about your goals too. I find it helpful (if scary) to say them out loud – please feel free to use me as a gentle sounding board, if you’d like. 🙂


10 thoughts on “Goal Setting Guide Revisited

  1. Janice

    This is really cool and very helpful! I’ve just gone and made a list of positive things I can gain from pursuing a goal that seems scary!

    1. Elena

      That’s awesome, Janice! Did you find it bolstered your commitment to your goal? It did for me. I think I’m gonna print that sucker out and post it someplace prominent… I’d say a revamp of the old bulletin board is in order. I’m almost done the companion worksheet to the guide – listing possible gains is one of the prompts. I’m eager to see how it goes over! xo

    1. Elena

      Aw, thanks so much, Katey!! Really, I reformatted it for print with teachers and therapists in mind — I am so stoked to hear it might get used that way. I’m almost done the companion worksheet, I’ll post it within the week for sure. Let me know how it goes!
      Again thanks so much for stopping by — I checked out your page as well. I love that you made a website with your daughter. Makes me excited about the possibilities for the future with my kids. ♥

  2. Kathleen

    I am totally using this clinically tomorrow. Thank you Elena! I need to send you a message that isn’t a public post. Perhaps I’ll see if I can dig out our old email exchange 🙂

    1. Elena

      That’s awesome, Kathleen – let me know how it goes. And I’m looking forward to hearing from you – very curious! You can also email me at the address I have listed here – elenastreehouse at gmail dot com. 🙂

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