Check-off Those Final Goals
It’s essential to acknowledge your need for feeling accomplished. When we don’t truly feel like we are achieving our goals, burnout is definitely on the horizon. With the end of the year rapidly approaching, it’s important to pullout that old list of goals. While reviewing this list, there are several things to reflect on – not just what we have not accomplished.
First of all, it’s vital to remember that there will always be items on your goals list. This is good, as it keeps us aspiring for greater things! It might be helpful to consider your goals, not as a list, but as an “inventory.” Inventory simply referring to the fact that goals will be added and goals will be removed.
Here are three simple things to consider when assessing you goal inventory:
CELEBRATE (what you accomplished)
Take some time to acknowledge and celebrate all the things that you accomplished so far this year – I’m sure it was no easy task! By taking a moment to celebrate your accomplishments, you are building a sense of pride and self-confidence. According Psych Central, pride and self-confidence “come from feeling dignified and important in what we do or have accomplished. It’s not about having an overwhelming sense of self-satisfaction, but having accomplished something that is valued and feeling proud about this. It may come along from a sense of purpose and meaning in our accomplishments, and offers an increase in confidence to expand the belief in our potential to do greater things.” (Read the blog “Celebrate You” for ideas on how to honor your accomplishments.)
TAKE STOCK (what is still obtainable)
The year is not over with yet! Take a moment to evaluate your goal inventory and determine which ones are still obtainable. Remember to be realistic and don’t set yourself up for failure with too many goals. (Read more about goal-setting in the blog “Put the spark back in your weight-loss.” Although this is specific to weight-loss, the principles can be applied to any goal.)
EVALUATE (what worked and what didn’t)
Do not beat yourself up over any unaccomplished goals! It’s crucial to simply evaluate what worked, and what didn’t. What enabled you to accomplish the goals that you did? Equally as important, what prohibited you from accomplishing other goals? Be sure to be completely honest with yourself, as this will be paramount to not repeating encountering the same obstacles every time. It could be unrealistic goal setting, too many goals, not enough time, or simply that you did not make it as important as you had wanted to. Whatever the reasons may be, simply keep these in mind while you continue to move through your goal inventory. Remind yourself that unaccomplished goals are not failures. “True failure is when you fail and don’t learn your lesson.” Every unaccomplished goal is merely an opportunity to check, adjust and try something different. Repeating the same process over and over again and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. Avoid the insanity, make changes, accomplish your goals, and feel proud and self-confident!