It’s July already and half of 2017 is in the books. I know what you’re thinking because I’m thinking it too, “where has time gone?” Hopefully, the first half of the year has been a productive one. I am hoping that you have worked towards meeting some of the goals you set in January. This week, I want to talk about setting aside one hour and analyzing where you are with your 2017 goals.
“If you want to reach a goal, you must see the reaching in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal.” Zig Ziglar
I sat in a mastermind 2 weeks ago and we discussed how we were doing with our 2017 goals. As we went around the table, the responses were varied. Some eagerly spoke about how there were “right on track”. One joked about forgetting she had set goals, while a couple honestly stated that they were struggling with their goals. So, let’s take a few minutes to think about our goals and why we set them.
At the beginning of the year, I suggested that we sit with a pen and paper and write down what we wanted to accomplish this year, both professionally and personally. I even suggested breaking down those goals into smaller steps so that we could celebrate the small victories while working towards obtaining the overall goal. I talked about placing those goals in a prominent spot in our office where we would see them every day. I also suggested creating a vision board so that we didn’t lose sight of what we wanted to accomplish over the next 365 days.
So, my challenge for you this week is the following:
Block an hour on your schedule. Grab your goals and your vision board and take a look at where you are. This is a good project to do on your patio so you can enjoy the warmth of the sun on your face while you are evaluating your progress in the first half of 2017. Take a moment to celebrate the small victories you’ve obtained while working towards reaching your goals. You may need to re-evaluate your goals and change a few of them. The important thing is not to give up. You still have 6 months to reach those goals.
“Don’t wait until you’ve reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching that goal.” Unknown
Let’s face it. The best-made plans fall apart. Sometimes life throws us a curve ball and we have to re-adjust our path. I don’t know anyone whose life doesn’t veer off of the path from time to time. I always laugh when I’m in my car and I don’t turn where Siri tells me to. It seems like she gets frustrated with me not following the charted course and finally says “Recalculating route.” This week as we review our goals, many of us simply will need to stop and “recalculate our route.”
So, if I’m being honest with you, I should talk about my goals and where I am with them, right? Well, I am doing better with my professional goals than I am with my personal goals. I need to work on my time management and step out of my comfort zone a bit more. I have managed to sneak in some quality time with my husband and I have joined a gym but I am not anywhere near reaching my weight loss goals. So, this week I will adjust my sails and move forward. I can celebrate my small victories and get to work on some I haven’t met. The important thing for all of us to remember is that it is never too late to start. Make it a priority this week to review where you are and if necessary, “recalculate your route.”
“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” Confucius
Have a great week!
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