I have an important question for 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’m also hoping you wrote them down. If you haven’t, I highly recommend you write 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 each month 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.
If you don’t have time right now to work out your goals for a full year, start small and write down your goals for this month.
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 drive are great. Too much anxiety will kill your goals from the get go!
Make a new plan
Before I wrote this post, I had a clear set of goals I wanted to achieved. 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 sat down one morning 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.
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. The important thing is that we get back to them and get ourselves back on track.
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 can be 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!
What’s your big goal for this month?
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