When I was a little kid, I dreamt about growing up and becoming an Interior Designer. I drove my parents crazy with my desire to repaint and redesign my childhood bedroom every 6 months or so. I was so passionate about design – I felt that fire in my belly every time they let me pick out the next paint color.
It was only natural that I grow up and become an Interior Designer. I thought I’d start my own company and design amazing spaces that people would love.
Well, that didn’t happen…
Years went by. More than a decade actually. Throughout that entire time my dream stayed the same – I wanted to be an Interior Designer. Instead, I worked in various industries including Investment Banking, Real Estate, Sales & Marketing. My favorite was Real Estate, probably because it was the closest to Interior Design, but it still wasn’t exactly where I wanted to be.
After all of those years, my husband and I finally opened our business in 2016. It’s called Scalici Design LLC and I finally get the opportunity to design!
Why did it take me so long to make my dream a reality?
Do you have a dream that you’ve been delaying for years too?
Having a dream may seem like the same thing as having a goal but it’s not. A dream is something you ARE NOT actively pursuing. A goal is something you ARE actively pursuing.
According to Psychology Today, it’s simply a fact: when people have goals to guide them, they are happier and achieve more than they would without having them. Goals provide focus. With no guiding vision or plan, people tend to drift. Goals provide a measuring stick for progress. Goals enhance productivity. They bolster self-esteem. And most of all, goals increase commitment, so you’re more likely to achieve whatever you set out to conquer.
Simply setting goals isn’t enough though. You must celebrate your accomplishments and naturally move yourself to the next level.
I strongly suggest holding a weekly meeting with yourself, your partner or your team where you each go through your accomplishments from the prior week and your goals for the upcoming week. That’s what we do at Scalici Design LLC and I swear that is the reason we finally launched our business after years of dreaming about it. Here is a copy of the form we use – Weekly Planning Form.
You can take this form and tweak it to your needs.
For us, it works perfectly. This is how we use it.
Accomplishments – Prior week’s successes. Big and small.
Business Goals – Upcoming week’s goals for business. Use it like a to-do list for the week.
House Goals – Upcoming week’s goals for our house. We are renovating our house and have a baby on the way so this section is important!
Product Goals – Upcoming week’s goals for creating products. My husband is a natural inventor-type and really enjoys building new things. We plan to offer products through Scalici Design LLC over time. And because we have it on our goal list, we are finally making progress and we know it’ll happen some day.
Personal Goals – Upcoming week’s goals for personal life. This section must not be forgotten. It is important to take care of yourself and have some fun. It’s easy to put personal goals on the back burner, but don’t do it! You will be more successful in every section of this form if you are also progressing in your personal life.
So, there it is.
Remember, a dream is something you ARE NOT actively pursuing. A goal is something you ARE actively pursuing. Make your dream a reality by creating goals and celebrating your accomplishments each week. And feel free to use our Weekly Planning Form.
You can do it!