Have you ever heard of The Paper Parlour? No? Well, you are missing out. Good for you, I am here to fix this! The Paper Parlour is a retailer of cards, stationery, gift and craft supplies from a large panel of unmissable brands. In other words, The Paper Parlour is heaven for craft makers and note takers. And their Instagram is absolutely gorgeous!
They have also been the kindest and sent me this gorgeous pink & gold planner from The Happiness Planner. I won’t waste time telling you how pretty the planner is, you can see that by yourself. Instead, I will tell you why it’s the most awesome planner you could ever get! It is so great because it helps you focus on what makes you happy and fulfill your goals and ambitions! How? By helping you cultivate happiness by embracing the power of positive thinking, mindfulness, gratitude, and self-development.
You’ll find below my tips to always reach your goals, using The Happiness Planner to help you!
1. Set realistic and specific goals
Having goals is great. It means you are ambitious and have a purpose in life. However, being over-optimistic and overestimating your abilities might lead to failure. Failures can be both a hit to self-confidence great lessons though. Just remember: you do not need to do everything in one day. Indeed, you just need to know where you want to go, how and why. If you need to do little steps to get there, then fine. We are all different. Never compare. Small victories often lead to bigger ones. Experience helps a lot and sometimes, well, you need to start smaller and let time do its magic. The Happiness Planner help you to keep track of your achievements, the lesson you learnt, what you want from life and where you want to go!
2. Set goals in writing
The act of writing your goals down make them real and tangible. You have no excuse to forget about them. When you write your goals on paper, remember that the wording is as important as the intention. Use “will” instead of “would” because you will, as in you are going to do it. With your goals written down, you can’t lose track of them and you can cross them off your list when you reach them. How satisfying is that?! In The Happiness Planner, you have posters to write down your goals, reflection, résolutions and visions and stick them to the wall. You can also break down your goals month by month with monthly plans!
3. Take a step back
What does make you you? What are your biggest achievements so far? Then, what have you done that you are proud of? Where could you improve? What could you change in your life? I am no fan of using fate and destiny as justification for what happens in my life. I am convinced that my choices drive my life. So if I failed somewhere, I might have done something wrong. Taking a step back, you can see where you made mistakes and how to avoid them in the future. You can also build on your previous accomplishments to go further in life. You’ve had successes, you can be proud and show the world. The Happiness planner comes really handy here too because you can list your strengths, weaknesses, the qualities and habits you want to improve, the lessons you’ve learnt, etc. It is all so that you can be your best self!
4. Focus on the happy things
The Happiness planner helps you list what makes you happy and unhappy. It should be rather easy to figure that out, right? Maybe not so actually. As a matter of fact, we might be so used to things we dislike or make us unhappy that we just consider them part of life and don’t think further. WRONG! It obviously depends on the context and it is often easier said than done. If you’re not happy at work, the obvious solution is to find a new job but it’s not that easy. On the contrary, if you go to the gym just for the sake of it, then just stop and find another way to be healthy: bike to work, eat healthier, cut out sugar, etc. Life is short and not worth it if you are miserable. You won’t be able to get rid off all the things or persons that make you unhappy. However, you can still increase your happiness by doing more things that make you happy. List them and do them more often. You’re overall level of happiness will influence all aspects of your life. You’ll be more motivated, more creative, more productive, etc.
5. Always be positive
As mentioned above, I do believe things happen in my life because of my choices. However, I must admit that sometimes, timing is important and things might happen for a reason. Which is why I might fail. But it does not mean I will not succeed in the end. Failure can teach you great lessons and help you in a way you would have never expected. In 1997, Apple was close to bankruptcy and see where they are now! Optimism and positivism are contagious, but so are stress and pessimism. Thus, make sure you surround yourself with positive, like-minded and supportive people that will understand, encourage and motivate you no matter what. We all need others to believe in us and help us believe in ourselves.
I hope this will help you set objectives and achieve your goals. And if you use a gorgeous planner that lays out a happiness roadmap for you, then even better! Bonus:it is so instagrammable! 😆
Have you ever been on The Paper Parlour website? If yes, I am sure you might have given in considering how many beautiful goodies they have! If no, well you’re missing out and should go right away! What about The Happiness Planner? How do you find it? How do you set up goals and make sure you achieve them?
Thank you for reading. I hope you liked this post.
See you soon,