Thursday, July 19, 2018
Let's Talk Goals
How do you set your goals? Track them? How often do they get forgotten about?
I will admit, I set goals. It is what I do. I like to see my progress and like to check things off lists sometimes. But I also have to admit, as the days go by, some of the goals get set aside. Why? Because sometimes circumstances change and the goal just doesn't fit, sometimes I forget about it, and sometimes I find that it just doesn't fit as I am going along.
The bigger goals I break out a little into mini goals to help keep moving forward. Sometimes I set rewards to keep motivated and sometimes I just let reaching the goal be the reward. It all depends on how long it will take to reach the goal.
This year I decided to try and set some goals in most areas of my life. Physical health goals, emotional, spiritual, mental, dreams, business, writing, reading, lifestyle. I also added some much need to-do list projects to my goal list in hopes that they would get done.
When I set them at the beginning of the year I also set the intent to re-evaluate in March. Well, March came and went, now it is July and I decided to look at what I wrote.
I realized I failed. I didn't re-evaluate. I didn't meet a bunch of them because, well, because I forgot about a lot of them or was actually further behind than forward on some. Had I checked in in March would I have been further along on them? Maybe, maybe not.
There are some that I have been working on, sometimes battling, for a while now. But it wasn't until recently that stuff aligned to give me that swift kick in the butt I needed.
About a week I ago, I pulled the papers out where I wrote them. A little uncertain because I knew things weren't quite where I had hoped for back when I had written them.
As it turned out, there were quite a few I could actually check off because they were done and I didn't realize it. Some I could just cross off entirely because it wasn't a part of my journey any more. Some I started out strong on and then when I wasn't seeing results I let them go. And some didn't fully begin to even start working until I got the swift kick in the butt (so to speak).
Chances are, had I re-evaluated in March, some of them may have been crossed off too soon because I wasn't seeing the results . So there is some good in waiting, but also to keep putting certain goals back in because down the road may be better timing.
I believe that I am in a much better spot, inside and out, today than I was when I first made the goals to re-evaluate than I was in March.
I feel I can tackle these with more focus and more intensity where I need to.
So, have you checked in with your goals recently?
One of the things I took away from me from a workshop I went to four years ago was the idea of an end goal. What do I want it to look like at the end of a certain goal. Then I can set the pieces in motion or break them out as needed to be able to work towards them.
Time to look at mine and do some re-evaluating, resetting, and putting the pieces into motion that are needed.