As we round the corner of the first month of 2015, it’s time to take a moment to check in with the goals you set for yourself. It’s important to consistently check in on your goals as it helps us to stay on track. Additionally, checking in provides us with the opportunity to reflect on what’s working and what’s not, allowing us to make adjustments along the way.
Review Your Goals:
First and foremost, do you remember what goals you set for yourself and how often are you checking in with your progress? Regardless of how often you had been checking in on your goals, make a commitment to make these goals a part of your daily routine. How are you tracking your progress and is it working? Consider other options for tracking your goals if your current system is not working. For example, are you a high tech person that enjoys using apps, or an old fashioned person who likes pen and paper? Whatever method works for you, just do it, there’s no right or wrong way.
Evaluate Your Progress:
Take a moment to check off any goals you have accomplished and reflect on what made those goals achievable. What actions did you take that allowed you to accomplish these goals with greater ease? Write down any wins and breakthroughs so far. It’s important to remember these wins as they help to provide us with positive motivation. In addition to the wins and breakthroughs, it’s important to recognize our setbacks and inhibitors too. Don’t waste time or energy beating your-self up over any setbacks, these are simply opportunities to recognize what is getting in our way of achieving our goals and remove those obstacles. As Henry Ford so eloquently stated, “obstacles are things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.” Ask yourself if your plan still seems obtainable or too easy and make any adjustments necessary. If the plan is not working, change the plan, not the goal.
Stay the Course:
By consistently reviewing your goals and evaluating your progress, you are effectively creating your action plan for success. Whether you are on track with your goals or not, it’s important to acknowledge your current state, learn from what worked and didn’t work, and move forward. Do not give up on your goals! Giving up on your goals because of one setback is like slashing your other three tires because you got one flat. It’s never too late to get back on track and stay the course. Ask yourself “what can I do tomorrow to strengthen the wins and accomplishments I identified and provide myself the motivation to stay the course?” As well as, “what can I do tomorrow to eliminate the obstacles and setbacks I identified in order to accomplish my goals?” And always remember that if it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you!
“Obstacles are things you see when you take your eyes off your goals”