I recently read an article in an issue of American Quilt Retailer (January 2014, p. 34) titled, “Goal-setting: caged or engaged” by Beth Ferrier. I really enjoyed this article! She writes about a friend who had never been a goal setter and how “flabbergasted” she was at the idea. Like this author, I have always been a goal setter. Everything has a timeline. Without goals (aka, roadmap) I don’t get anywhere fast. Ms. Ferrier mentions that it “earns her the reward of flitting off to something else”.
I’m a goal setter to help manage my ADHD. Some people act like it is a curse. It’s my coping mechanism for time management. I have learned to embrace my ADHD. How else could I work full time, run a GROWING business and keep up with two (ahem) active boys?
The author of this article takes a new turn with her goal setting and mentions that she was “driven”~ as in cattle being driven.
Not in control.
Feelings of inadequacy.
In an earlier blog post I wrote about the winter doldrums. I think that was my problem. I wasn’t stopping long enough to enjoy the sense of accomplishment. It was, “Yep. Done. Cross it off the list and move to the next thing”. I had lost a sense of enjoyment and accomplishment that my goals often provide for me.
So, in typical ADHD, goal setting fashion, I have a new goal for 2014. Stop and enjoy the quilting. It’s not all about finishing the project. It’s about enjoying the process.
Part of me is fighting this, BIG TIME. It may take longer to work on this one…
Keep quilting (and take a minute to smell the roses!),