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3 Easy Steps to Turn Your Dreams into Reality

It happens every New Year: at some point, we start to feel more stuck in the mud than motivated about our goals.

I’m facing the energy lull in my own business right now. The excitement of a new project has worn off, and it now requires dedicated effort. When I say effort, I mean I am trudging through the uncomfortable stages, fighting off procrastination, and using determined force to keep the momentum going on this thing. It’s not easy!

Good old resistance is rearing her ugly head, and I have no choice but to face her. In fact, having the courage to persevere when the going gets tough is what builds long-lasting success.

Today, I have a three-step formula that you can follow to achieve all that you desire:

Step 1: Act as if. Act as if you are already where you want to be. Imagine your biggest dream came true last week: all that you’ve been wishing on is now yours! Does that change anything about your day? Would you be wearing what you have on? Would you be doing what you had planned? Would your mood be the same?

To change your present attitude and act as if you already have what you want, think of the positive role models in your life, the people whom you admire. When you find yourself in a funk or you’re struggling to get a project completed, ask yourself:

  • What would my role model do if faced with a similar obstacle?
  • How would my role model be dressed today?
  • How would my role model manage the project I’m working on?
  • Would I be proud to show my role model this project/space/idea and the progress I’ve made toward building it?

Acting as if you’re already the success you wish to achieve will change your mindset and propel you toward becoming it.

Step 2: Create a Plan B and be stoked about it. I am working on a life-changing Plan A this year. I want Plan A so badly I can taste it! I visualize how it will unfold. I get carried away in daydreams, and I practice my reaction to Plan A coming true in the mirror. I love Plan A.

So that my desire for Plan A doesn’t turn into desperation, I have carefully drafted a second place prize: Plan B. In Plan B, I still achieve the feelings I desire, I just have to practice more patience to reach the ultimate goal (Plan A).

For example, let’s say you want to learn to speak French. You go and buy a course that will teach you the language, and then you set a rewarding Plan A. “If I get to third level French by the end of the year, I will travel to my dream destination of Paris, France for one week. I will become affluent in the French language using the week to practice speaking with Parisians.”

That’s a pretty lofty goal, but just imagine it! Picture yourself on the streets of Paris in the springtime speaking French. Allow daydreams galore in which Plan A unfolds in all its glory.

As you envision Plan A, you might realize some obstacles. It’s an expensive vacation and a long flight. How will you save the money and take that much time off work? Maybe you’ve never traveled so far, and the idea of leaving for Europe begins to overwhelm you.

So that Plan A doesn’t become desperate or hopeless, you need a hearty Plan B. In Plan B, you still learn French; that life-long goal still comes true. In case Plan A falls through (Paris for the week), you could go to Quebec for the weekend. You still get to practice French with native speakers, and it’s still a pretty romantic vacation. In fact, following through with Plan B will get you closer to Plan A. You’ll practice leaving the country, finding your way in a foreign city, and using the French language. I’d bet that once you conquer the Quebec trip, Paris will feel more doable than ever before!

Step 3: Keep your vision front and center. The things I’m working toward (new deck, family car for travel, tickets to Wicked the Musical, etc.) are plastered all over my office walls and Pinterest boards. Remembering what I’m working so hard for keeps me grounded and focused on my tasks.

I’m grateful for every luxury and reward that my creative business adds to my life, and I try to surround myself with reminders of the comforts it brings. Create a vision board for yourself to collect these desires and reflections. Appreciating them will only bring more of what you want into your life.

Best of luck in making your dreams a reality!

Photo by: lovefromginger.com

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Lisa Jacobs is creative biz wiz who teaches online sellers how to get more sales and professional recognition. She owns the Energy Shop on Etsy and writes the blog, Marketing Creativity.

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dinner ideas 2.7.14

February 7, 2014

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plant based dinner ideas happy friday, loves! we’re still eating lots of cauliflower, cabbage and potatoes but i’m not complaining. it’s these winter vegetables that sustain us and make winter so savory. our favorite meal this week was this delicious shaved cauliflower salad.

monday: cauliflower buffalo bites (um, yum!)
tuesday: thai noodle soup
wednesday:  jumbo stuffed shells
thursday: shepherd’s pie
friday: shaved cauliflower salad

what was on your plate this week? any favorite recipes you’d like to share?

we follow a whole foods, plant based diet. the dinner ideas posts are a way for me to log our dinners, how we make eating this way easy, and hopefully inspire you to try some new things as well. they are always meat free, dairy free and often gluten free. you can follow the posts here, and i encourage you to share your favorite recipes with us as well!

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point and shoot 2.6.14

February 6, 2014

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bear’s first snow.

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clean windows (thanks to my sweetie) and a pretty view.

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our california cottage in the latest issue of make it organized!

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delicious cauliflower buffalo bites.

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toaster’s favorite bed (from RedEnvelope).

love, bonnie

do you have a favorite photo from your life this week? post a link to it in the comment section so we can see!

this post was made possible by the lovely iphone app, instagram. you can follow me here or find me by searching for @goinghometoroost. all photos by yours truly. :)

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free spring shipping labels

February 5, 2014

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i’ve been bee-sy over here making you all a sweet little set of shipping labels! you can use the ‘will you bee mine‘ set for your valentine’s day packages, or use the spring set to add a little sunshine to your packages year round. i just love sending (and receiving!) pretty snail mail, don’t you?

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to print: head on over to world label to download the printable PDF’s. print on full page white sticker paper and cut out along the borders. attach to your package and send some sunshine!

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february gift guide

February 5, 2014

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february gift guide

product links: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

a handmade gift guide for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays… or for no reason at all!

fun facts for february:

>> february is black history month.
>> february is national bird feeding month
>> february 12th is abraham lincoln’s birthday
>> february 14th is valentine’s day <3
>> february’s birth flower is the violet and the common primrose
>> february’s birthstone is the amethyst which symbolizes piety, humility, spiritual wisdom, and sincerity.

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ad kit

February 4, 2014

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going home to roost ad kit

hello, love birds! each year i try to update going home to roost’s ad kit with new options, updated statistics and information for everyone. this one was way over due, but i’m happy to share it with you. just click on the image above to view going home to roost’s latest ad kit. if you’re interested, i still have spots available for both the winter gallery and regular spots for february. i would love to have you help beauty up my sidebar!

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work at home stay at home

February 4, 2014

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the art to working from home

let’s be honest. no one wants to hear anyone complain about working from home. and rightfully so, it’s an incredibly blessed life to live! i mean, we get to wear pajamas all day, set our own schedule and switch the laundry in between e-mails, right? true, but even though it’s a lovely life, there is definitely an art to making it work. throw a baby in the mix and even get’s more interesting (and of course, much better)!

i’m honored to be sharing an article today over on darling magazine’s blog. it’s called ‘stay at home, work at home‘ and it’s all about the art to being a stay at home – working – mom. even if you’re not a mom though, i hope you’ll come away with several ideas to help you work from home and live an inspired filled, creative life. hop on over to darling magazine to read it now!

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win a ticket to the maker's summit!

oh boy oh boy oh boy. the lovely creatives over at the indie craft parade are giving one lucky ghtr reader a ticket to the makers summit and the best craft party ever! this one-day business conference for the art, craft, and design world will help you learn how to start or grow your business as you hear practical advice from industry leaders and peers during keynotes, workshops, panel discussions and one-on-one time with experts. i’m thrilled to attend myself this year, and would love to see you there!

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the makers summit is a one-day business conference for the creative community, on saturday, march 1st in greenville, sc. designed to help artists and creatives found and run successful businesses as attendees will hear practical advice from industry experts.

after the conference, you’re also invited to join the after-party, the best craft party ever. here, you’ll enjoy a full gourmet dinner provided by some of their favorite local chefs while you create and mingle with experts and peers alike. project stations and supplies will be provided.

giveaway

enter to win: one free all-access pass to the makers summit and the best craft party ever.

deadline: giveaway will end friday, february 7th at 12am, eastern standard time. the winner will be drawn using a random number generator and announced on this post shortly after.

the fine print: travel and accommodations are not included. please do not enter to win unless you would be able to make the trip. ticket is not transferable. winner required to register by feb. 10, 2014.

to enter: comment on this post letting us know why you’d like to attend the makers summit and best craft party ever!

additional ways to enter:

>> like both going home to roost and the indie craft parade on facebook

>> share giveaway on twitter and include the handle @gohometoroost and @craftparade

>> share either giveaway image on pinterest and include hashtags #goinghometoroost & #makerssummit

be sure to leave a new comment for each additional entry so it counts (limit of 4 comments per person)!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.

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