So here we are – the second week of February. Many of us had goals or resolutions that we intended on starting when 2017 began. Since it has been over a month, now is the perfect time to re-evaluate your goals or make new ones.
To re-evaluate goals, you first must change your mindset. Here are some things to remember while having your personal gut check about your goals.
First off, if you backtracked, forgot, or did not stick to your goals… so what!
Remember that this happens to the best of us. We fall short sometimes, but the only thing that matters is that you get back up. The goals you make in the beginning of the year are just that – goals. It is something you can continually work on and no one should make you feel bad about not sticking to them immediately. The only most important factor in correcting this is will power to correct your errors.
What is Your Plan?
Let’s assume that you re-evaluate all your goals and you decide that you do want to go through with them. First, you should develop a plan. Developing a plan is the first step to ensuring that your goals come to life. When establishing a plan, it is important to review your timeline, resources, and strategies to meet your goal. Trust me, going after goals without a plan can make things harder than they have to be.
Find a Buddy to Hold You Accountable
Having a person to check in with could be one of the best things you could ever do for your goals. This is a person that you trust who can keep you on your toes. This person knows what you are reaching for and genuinely wants to see you win. This buddy could be a friend, co-worker or an associate. When you find this person, tell them your strategy and exactly why you want to attain this goal. Once you tell them why they can remind you when you feel uninspired to finish.
Give Yourself a Huge Reward
A vacation, shopping spree, or a nice spa day are rewards that you can plan and save for. Make this incentive a big one so that it is worth all the work you are about to put in. You can also use this reward as a measurement for your progress by donating to the fund every time you complete a milestone or by the week.
Look, Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither are your goals. Great things take time and you must be OK with that. It will take time for you to achieve them and you should enjoy the journey. Take note of the progress you make so you know exactly how long it took you when you get there.
All in all, the goals we made at the beginning of the year is only the tip of the iceberg of what this journey can teach you. Stay encouraged in the journey because you may fall or get even further than you had imagined.