Explorers! What’s up? I hope everyone is doing well. I wanted to check in to see how everybody is tackling their new goals for the year. We all know it is so easy to fall into the excitement of the New Year. We have vision parties and get so wrapped up in making our vision pretty. I am not discouraging vision board parties AT ALL, so don’t come for me! I think vision board parties are more popular than ever and are very inspirational. I’ve included some pictures from my sister-friend’s 2nd Annual Vision Board Party at the end of this post!
It’s okay to + and – from your goals when necessary.
For me, some of my goals started off as a dream, and dreams do not account for the actual work that goes into making them a reality. Changing your goals do not mean you failed! In my opinion, it means you actually put in the work to see how to execute the goal, and it may take more time than you anticipated.
On another hand, it can be the opposite. You may realize that the goals you had were easier than you originally thought. If you have knock out majority of your goals, please comment below so I can call you an over achiever! LOL, jk. No, for real though. That’s awesome. If you find yourself in this position, set more goals!! Continue to give yourself something to strive for. Keep being productive!
The most important thing is that you do not sell yourself short. With this in mind, it is proven that goal-setters accomplish more than the people who do not set goals. If you find yourself not making any progress, you may need to tighten up a bit and it’s the perfect time for that.
Goal-setting activates the motivation you need to get started.
Did you know that when you set a goal, you are actually competing with yourself? Goals allow a fire to be lit inside of you that in turn pushes you towards whatever it is you have set before you. Don’t underestimate this. This fire is power! You may also realize your priorities shift once you get started.
As a matter of fact, it’s critical that you adjust your priorities as needed so you can allocate the resources towards what’s most important for you. If you start to feel unmotivated, check your priorities! I recently finished this accounting for managers course for my MBA, and the struggle to finish made me realize school was not my priority at the moment. That doesn’t mean I won’t finish my MBA, it just means I need to shift my resources (time and energy) towards whatever it is that is going to give me LIFE and PEACE. The last 2-3 weeks of that course stressed me out, and it wasn’t because it was hard. I simply did not have the motivation to finish. I was forcing myself to do something when I know I should’ve been doing something else.
That conflict caused me anxiety. Listen to your body. I had to push through so I didn’t fail, but I’d be setting myself up for failure if I enrolled in an additional course next quarter, Re-prioritizing does not mean you are quitting, it means you are taking a break to allow your motivation to me restored in that area.
My vision board is goal driven.
As you can see, I put a lot of things on my vision board. They were all things I wanted to see happen this year. What makes them goal driven? Each thing is representented by things I have identified to help me get there. I started the year trying to do some of everything on my board, and that’s what lead me to my focus now. The biggest things I am focusing on are:
- Change the way I think:
- reading a book every month
- listening to an uplifting and encouraging podcast
- Be purpose driven
- improve my prayer life
- being a doer and not just a hearer
- remaining connected through my studies
- Live bold by being intentional
- making time for the connections I want cultivated
- positioning myself to meet new people
- exposing myself to new experiences
Some of the things that have taken a back seat are the gym, skin care, and volunteering. In fact, I still want to make way for these things; I just needed to establish what was pulling at me first. The gym is definitely important, my skin health means a lot to me, and community service is an area I definitely want to be more committed. Plus, my daughter keeps telling me I have not set up our time to go feed the homeless! She’s so right, and I want to show her what it looks like to give back and be excited about it!
I want to see everyone accomplish their goals.
I hope this post encourages you to keep at, modify, and/or re-prioritize your goals! I’d love to hear about some of your goals in the comments. You may find commonality between what you are trying to accomplish and what someone else has already. These connections are what catapults us to further into our destiny.
Until next time, explorers!
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