Have you set your GOALS for 2013 yet?

NOM had been very unmotivated lately. Sure, he had lots of things to do, like taking care of his garden, cleaning the caravan, taking walks, painting pictures and doing grocery shopping. But he felt like none of the things he did were particularly productive. Everything he did seemed almost useless.

Then, when he was cleaning out his magazines that spilled the kitchen table a note caught his eye. Smart, his turtle friend had given it to him a couple of days ago for ‘motivation’, but NOM hadn’t bothered looking at it.

Have you set your GOALS for 2013 yet?

NOM, now curious flipped the note and read the back:

The reason why so many people are unsuccessful in life, is becasue they don’t set goals. Or if they do, they set the wrong goals. Do you want to be the same as those people? NO! So, I’m telling you, set some goals right now. What do you really want to have achieved by the end of the year? Write it down….

NOM stopped  reading and experienced one of those ‘light bulb’ moments, when everything suddenly made sense.

That was it! He had to set goals! Why hadn’t NOM realised this before? He quickly finished reading the note…

…(be sure to be specific) and then make a plan of exactly how you are going to achieve your goal! When you are done, you just need to follow your plan and do something everyday to make your dreams happen. I’m going to leave the rest to figure out for yourself. Go now and set your goals (3 or 4 are enough).

Goals and Passion!

Awesome! NOM was getting excited now. This was exactly what he needed to do.

And he started writing down his goals on a nice sheet of paper:

  • 1. Write a 150- page long book about my adventures (finished by 12th of December this year)
  • 2. Win the “Best Garden in Town” competition (it’s on the 23rd of November this year)
  • 3. Travel to 3 different countries this year (1 each in Asia, Europe and America)
  • 4. Make $500 a month through the internet, by the end of the year

NOM put his pen down and sat back. He was very happy with his goals. They were specific and 100% achievable. Now he needed to make a plan for each of his goals….

Write a 150-page long book about my adventures by 12th of December:

  • Have a finished draft by 3rd of August 2013.
  • To do that I have to write 30 pages a month
  • To write 30 pages a month I have to write 1 page a day!

NOM got out his diary and dedicated a time just for writing everyday. He also needed some time for his adventures (so he had something to write about) and planning time. He also included that. First goal was planned! Now he just needed to stick with it!

He did the same thing with all the other goals by:

  • first finding out what he had to do in order to achieve his goal
  • then setting exact deadlines for each of those “to-do’s”
  • after that he broke down his goals into small chunks (what he had to achieve every month, then every week and then every day)
  • and finally he wrote down everything in his diary

After all this was done, NOM stuck his goals on the wall above his bed. From now on he would look at them EVERY day!

NOM packed the note and some food in a bag and set off to find Smart to thank him for his wonderful note! Lucky he had found it now and not at the end of the year when it would have been waaaay to late to do anything!

How did you find this post? Have you set your goals for this year yet? If not, it’s not too late! Follow NOM’s steps and you’ll be on your way to achieving your goals and dreams! Have fun :) 

Good quote #7

There was no change in the amount of snow that came falling down the sky. It was the same as last week. Huge snowflakes and miles and miles of snow everywhere you looked. The cardboard box roof was so full of snow now, NOM feared it might come crashing down any minute.

To distract himself he checked his e-mails for the hundreth time today. He hadn’t received any new messages for two whole days which was depressing since he sent some to about 10 different people. Then, when he checked a final time in the evening he was lucky. There were 3 new messages in his inbox. He opened the first one:

Hi NOM,

We apologize for the delay of your weekly quote. Our computer broke due to the amount of snow and the next day after we finally fixed it the internet was down. We apologize again!  

That’s why we have two quotes for you this week.

Enjoy and let yourself be inspired!

the goodquote team

ps: The next quote will come just after Christmas. :)

you are already awesome

you are already awesome

NOM smiled at that. Yes I’m already awesome:)

you choose how you live your life

you choose how you live your life

Wow and that’s another great quote, NOM thought. What do I not like about my life? He thought about this for a while but couldn’t think of anything.

I’m quite happy with my life right now…apart from the snow maybe. He didn’t know what better choices he could make to change that though. But once he thought for a little while longer, a little voice inside his head whispered: Well you could move somewhere else.

Stuck with Christmas gift ideas?-NOM has some tips for you

NOM sat in his cardboard box looking out the window. The snow flakes drizzled down from the grey sky and each time one landed on NOM’s window sill he counted. “63….64…65…no 67!” NOM sighed and got up. Didn’t he have any hobbies? He made himself another cup of hot chocolate and sprinkled some sesame seeds on top. For NOM these helped to ‘enrich’ the flavour of the chocolate.

NOM sat down again flipping through the pages of a magazine. Then he saw it. NOM looked at the question in horror: What are you giving your loved ones for Christmas? NOM hadn’t even thought about getting Christmas presents. And it was only a few weeks until Christmas! He read the next few lines of the article. It had some gift ideas but none of them appealed to NOM. Sighing once more he put the magazine away and sipped his hot chocolate. There were so many people he had to give presents to. Ok, not that many but they were all special people which meant they should all receive special gifts.

present...(pic from pinterest)

present…
(pic from pinterest)

 

 

“What should I give them?” NOM thought to himself. He was always scared that if he just randomly bought something from a shop it would look like he hadn’t put any effort into buying Christmas presents. And Christmas was a time of showing people how much you love them and being grateful for all the things you have. And of course it was about making other people happy. The thing was, he didn’t have much money left which made things more difficult.

Suddenly he had an idea. “I could make my own Christmas gifts!” With that in mind NOM got out one of the boxes under his desk and started looking through it. This was his ‘creativity box’. It included coloured paper, ribbons, pictures, cutouts from magazines, old boxes, pictures and even a photo frame. He needed to make 10 cards and 4 different presents.

NOM decided to start with the cards. He got out different coloured pieces of cardboard and folded them. He then decorated each one using pictures and ribbons. Finally he wrote a greeting on the inside of the card. He slipped it in an envelope and wrote the names on it. Done!

Next NOM made his presents:

1. He needed one for Smart his turtle friend. Because Smart loved keeping things NOM decided to make him a box for treasures. He found a cute little box that had once held soap in it. NOM decorated the outside with shells, ribbons and pictures of things Smart liked. He coloured the inside of the box green (Smart’s favourite colour) and wrote treasure box on the front using a gold pen. He finished his present by putting a little gift in the box.

2. NOM also needed a present for Shelly from the vision board shop. He decided to make her a collage. He took a piece of coloured cardboard and stuck different photos and cutouts from magazines on it. He also wrote his favourite quote on it and Merry Christmas in cursive. He also found some pictures of himself and added them to the collage. Done!

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<p>3. The next present was for his friend Paul from the supermarket. NOM knew that Paul liked writing and he had an idea. He found a blank <strong>notebook</strong> and decorated the outside of it (with pictures, cutouts and anything else he had). Then he wrote a little note inside it and it was done! Paul’s <strong>personal notebook</strong>.</p>
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decorate a notebook!

4. The last present was for NOM’s friend Mia. He found a photo frame in one of the boxes and replaced the old photo in it with one of him and Mia. He then decorated  the outside much the same way as he had done with the other presents.

NOM looked at his finished presents. There he had them! Now he just had to wrap everything up and he was ready for Christmas. NOM was glad he had made all the presents himself. They looked great and he was sure they would love them. And a home made present was always better than a bought one anyway. NOM was really looking forward to Christmas now!

What are your thougthts on Christmas presents? Do you buy them or make them yourself? Or is it a mix of both? Do you have any other suggestions?