put your goals in writing

matt sets goals
Meet our newest blog artist, Matt from our Saskatoon store! He recently achieved his Big Hairy Audacious Goal of becoming a blogger for our team!

"Which road should I take?" (Alice)

"Where do you want to go?" (Cat)

"I don't know," Alice answered.

"Then", said the Cat, "It doesn't matter. If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there."

- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

How true. The path to self development is often as winding and unpredictable as Alice's journey through Wonderland. Just this year I set out on a similar adventure: What is my Big Hairy Audacious Goal?

Who knew that these little statements of "I will…" would became so powerful and life-changing once they hit the paper… As soon as I wrote my goals out I began working harder at the things that I loved, and am passionate about. In sequence, I got closer and closer to achieving the things that I wanted to achieve! For example: this year I set out to decide to really "jump in" to writing, and more frightening, having my writing read and shared by many different people. Once I put "I will join the lululemon blog team" on paper, it was all i wanted to make happen. I began looking at what I could do to qualify, finally leading into applying through email. I worked to make it happen, and it did, and it can happen to you right now.

I encourage you out there (at least I hope you're out there :) ) to take the time today, sit down with a good coffee and think of a goal you want to accomplish this week. Maybe its finishing your 5K strong or just polishing off that paper you were procrastinating on. Meeting goals feels AWESOME, so why not? Dare to step out on a ledge today and you might just find out that your ledge wasn’t as tall as you thought it was!

Feel free to comment below with your goals and successes!

[Editor's note: Welcome to the team, Matt!]

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Great post! I liked what you said about the path to self development being winding and unpredictable… so true! Welcome to the team!

Comment by Marisa — December 14, 2009 @ 7:58 pm

Great quote! I love how true it can be to know you have goals but may be be unsure of them at the time.

Comment by elliebelle — December 14, 2009 @ 9:56 pm

Matt, you definitely read my mind with this one. I too said out loud, “I want to be a blog artist for lululemon,” and it wasn’t until I spoke my goal out loud (similar to writing it down) that I held myself accountable. It also helps to have people around to support you. Way to go! I look forward to reading more of your work.

Comment by Elizabeth — December 14, 2009 @ 10:23 pm

Loved that you chose to focus on a goal for THIS week. So often it’s next week, next month, next year. How about the do it now? I’m so excited about my new goals that it’s hard to pick which one to focus on at any given time. Thanks for helping me get one step closer this week. Enjoy the journey!

Comment by Laura — December 15, 2009 @ 7:18 am

Oohhh I love the Alice in Wonderland quote! Nice work, awesome blog post, good job, thanks for the inspiration!!!

I am spending the month setting goals for the next 2 years. I have some pretty hefty goals, but I know that writing them down on paper and reviewing them at least monthly helps to get things done.

I recently read about “ordinary people doing extraordinary things” – I like to think that goal setting helps me to be an ordinary person doing extraordinary things. :)


Comment by Mandy — December 15, 2009 @ 7:41 am

Good advice, and I believe it will work!

Comment by Veena Thompson — December 15, 2009 @ 10:45 am

Yeah and even more powerful when they go from mind to paper to website! I have so many fantasy type ideas that I haven’t taken the time to development into actual goals. All are about improving my life, so what’s stopping me from taking that next step and writing them out? Maybe it’s the fear of letting myself down if I don’t achieve them. The best way to overcome that fear is probably to face it head on right? Well maybe all it takes is baby steps, that will eventually lead me closer and closer to achieving the big ones.

One goal I’ve had for a few years now actually but never went all the through with it is to de-clutter! My goal right now whether it takes me a week or till the end of the month is to de-clutter my wardrobe and then my room. I will through out all that I don’t love wearing. I will get rid of all that I don’t need or use regularly.

Thank you for motivating me Matt!!!

Comment by Lauren — December 15, 2009 @ 11:01 am

it looks like matt is looking up at the pole dancers! ha ha!

Comment by sarah — December 15, 2009 @ 12:35 pm

Thanks for the awesome post Matt, glad to have you on the team!!

It is very true how we worry ourselves with ‘which road’ to take, when in the end the most important decision is that we choose one, rather than wasting time on which is maybe’best’.

Comment by Jenna — December 15, 2009 @ 3:06 pm

We are all on the path and can go many different ways. I am constantly amazed at teh power of simply writing out your goals. I started doing this a few years ago and then totally forgot about it for awhile. Little did I know that writing them down actually set things in motion towards achieving them. It seemed like things just happened to fall into place to make those goals happen when I found them a couple years later. I have been writing and rewriting my goals all the time now and they only get bigger and crazier, because I know, if they are on paper, they will happen. My goal THIS week is to clean my bedroom. Now that’s definitely something that scares me.

Comment by Brian — December 16, 2009 @ 2:55 pm

Whoa!!! Great comments everyone, and thank you! Nothing is better then when you put something out there and see it inspire someone else. Mandy, Lauren, Brian – Way to go on setting a goal for THIS week, the hard part is done now! Find someone to hold you accountable, visualize how accomplishing your goal will positively impact your life, and most importantly, don’t let the pressure to accomplish your goal stress you! Let it motivate you to work harder!!!
Rock on guys,

Comment by Matt McDermott — December 16, 2009 @ 9:30 pm

Matty Cakes, awesome job! see you at work!!

Comment by Proctor — December 18, 2009 @ 2:04 pm

Proud of you Matty!!!!

Very inspiring!

Comment by Michelle — December 18, 2009 @ 8:29 pm

Welcome to the team, Matt! This was my favourite introduction to a blog post! I can’t wait to read more of your blogs and see you grow and achieve your goals!

Comment by Shawna — December 23, 2009 @ 12:09 am

Mattee-cakes! Great post buddy! I love the advice you shared with your comment! See you soon!


Comment by Sheena Hopper — December 25, 2009 @ 7:03 pm

Hey Matt –

I’m a goal fanatic and am always looking for ways to be more focused and productive. When Lululemon came out with the goal tracker, I was thrilled. The only thing I needed was more accountability.

Personally, I need daily reminders and pep talks to keep me moving forward or I end up losing my way. So what I did was I looked for something would function almost like a personal coach. I found that the 100 Day Challenge was a perfect compliment to the Goal Tracker and I’m now on target to make this year the best I’ve had.

I wanted to run it by you to see what you think… (I think it’s REALLY good). I’ve met the creator of the program and he’s a really great guy. If you think your blog readers would like it, maybe I can ask him to even do a guest post on goal setting…. What do you think?

Alexandra Petre, PhD (ABD)

Comment by Alexandra — July 26, 2010 @ 4:35 pm

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