When You're Feeling Stuck...
Have you ever wanted to set goals but had no idea where to start?
I feel ya! What an overwhelming thing to think of... "what are you going to be doing in 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years". For me, when I become overwhelmed about something so much larger than me I feel stuck and can't think of anything more specific than "I want to have a big booty and a pet frog".
Having launched my photography business at the beginning of last year, I wanted to set some killer goals this year to help motivate me to stay hungry for success and to stay focused. I began thinking about them at the beginning of December so that I could have a solid idea of what I wanted to accomplish and where I wanted to be, but then I avoided it because I was intimidated of actually thinking about the bigger picture and so the "thinking of goals" stopped.
It wasn't util I was sitting on top of Mount Ollivier (pronounced O-lih-vee-ay) at just over 1,900m with my partner (Ryan) (and views of Mount Cook tucked away in the clouds) that I felt I was actually able to think about my life as a bigger picture and not feel overwhelmed or the sensation of feeling stuck. I couldn't tell you if it was the views, the altitude, or the lack of distractions that helped me, but I all of a sudden had a feeling that I was ready to give in and thing BIG!
While listing to our theme song of the trip (Freesol by Seven Lions) and looking at beautiful Mount Cook in all of her glory, we talked about everything from where we had come from over the last year, and where we wanted to go in the next. Talking about it with Ryan made everything I wanted to achieve seem real. The only thing that was coming to my mind after writing everything down was a big "FUCK YES"!
What helped me be able to mentally grasp all of the things that I wanted to do was to break things up into 4 categories:
By having them in separate categories, I felt as though I was able to clearly understand what was important and make big goals (while still being achievable... of course) to not only set my business up for success, but to help me grow as a person as well.
“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” —Pablo Picasso
Once we had finished talking about the future and deciding on some kick ass things to focus on, we stayed and hung out just a little bit longer being serenaded by the sounds of avalanches from the glaciers across the valley. It was one of those moments where I felt absolutely at peace with the world and with myself. It almost felt as though we were sitting in a fairytale with everything standing still. There was no need to go and do anything or be anywhere - all we needed to do was to enjoy the moment and look forward to awesome things to come.
I think that sitting on top of that mountain was so monumental to me because I was able to gain a whole lot of clarity about who I want to be as a person, and where I want to take my business and relationships within the next year. I've always struggled to find a direction that truly feels natural, and breaking things down into smaller bits allowed for everything to flow more naturally. I also am aware that life is very fluid and changes within a split second, so I know that I may not be able to achieve everything on the list BUT I'll be damned if I don't try my absolute hardest to surpass every single thing!
I guess the moral of the story is... if you're ever feeling stummped on goal setting, thinking big picture, or just in life in general... get out into nature and it sill surely do wonders! Whether it is a mental break from all of the crazy things in your life, or clarity that you're looking for, views like this are always a good place to start!