In case you haven’t noticed, it’s March already. Two months down for 2014.
Two months in and I have an important question to ask you - How are your goals going for the year so far?
Are you on track with your monthly goals or have your swerved off track?
Here are some things to consider.
If your first thought was – what monthly goals? – well there’s your problem right there.
Hopefully you set yourself goals for the year. I am also hoping you wrote them down.
But did you take the next step? Did you break your big kick-ass goals down into monthly tasks? Did you know exactly what you had to get done in January and February to reach your yearly goal? If you didn’t, now is the time to do the work, put on your thinking cap and get those goals sorted.
Stop reading this right now (make sure you come back though!) and write down your monthly goals.
Take a deep breath
If like me you wrote down your monthly goals and yet for reasons out of your control they didn’t happen, it’s time to take a deep, long breath in and out.
It’s time to chill out, take a step back and realize that stressing about what you haven’t achieved yet doesn’t help. Motivation and adrenalin are great. Too much anxiety will kill your goals from the get go.
Make a new plan
My February goal was blogging related. I had big plans for this blog. I had it all worked out. I knew exactly what I wanted and how I was going to achieve it. I had a comprehensive plan.
I sat down on the morning of February 9th filled with enthusiasm and inspiration. I was ready. I was pumped. I was up for the challenge. As I went to touch the keyboard, my phone rang.
It was a family member calling with terrible news. My step dad has passed away overnight. I went into a spiral of shock and grief. To be honest, I was originally going to write a post about this topic but it’s all far too raw, so best left for another time.
It goes without saying I suddenly had other priorities that were much more important.
Sometimes we have no other choice but to set our plans aside temporarily while we deal with whatever life throws at us. With this particular goal it was simple, none of my blogging goals have changed I merely moved the due date.
The truth about goals
I am starting to understand something important. Achieving goals isn’t about life being perfect or stable so that we can get things done. It’s not about the right time or having enough time. Achieving our goals is about getting the important stuff done amid all the everyday chaos that is life.
Life is chaotic. Achieving our goals despite everything that is going on is hard. That’s what makes it so special when our plans and dreams come to fruition.
To those of you who have achieved your monthly goals to date, congratulations! I’m proud of you and you should be immensely proud of yourself as well. Keep up the great work!
It’s March folks, what is your big March goal?
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