Be A Goal Getter
Have you ever considered the importance of matching your goals and intentions to who you are? So many of us try to set goals that don’t truly match who we are as individuals. We want to get in shape, so we join a gym… Wait – I forgot I’m an introvert who works with people all day… SO NOT going to the gym tonight! Decided that this is the year that you will tell everyone exactly what you think… Wait – you are ‘Blue’ in True Colours, meaning you are very concerned with people’s feelings. That’s NOT going to feel good!
A big part of setting goals is knowing who you are and what you will like and not like. If you are an introvert and have to work with people all day, you can still get back in shape but do it in a way that will work for you. Maybe get some videos you can do in the comfort of your home. Maybe find a trail where you can walk, run, or bike ride on your own in the evenings. Getting to know yourself and accepting that there are certain things that will drain your energy more than give you energy will help you to create goals that are achievable.
We also need to focus on what we do in our daily life. I know lots of people who set some really wonderful goals, but they don’t make a plan for the smaller steps in those goals. When you want to achieve great things, you need to be aware of the small steps that will get you there. Then, make sure that you are taking those small steps, daily, weekly or monthly at the very least. Knowing where you are headed helps with decision making. It makes it easier to say no to things that aren’t taking you towards your goals.
It’s important to take the time to review where you are with your goals on a regular basis. Are you moving towards them? Have you made space in your day to work towards your goals or are you still fighting fires as they come up? Are there things that you were doing religiously back when you first set your goal that have now fallen off? Maybe it’s time to get back to them or review what you were doing so that you are more likely to stick to it.
I love taking the time to review where I am at. I have a busy month coming up, but I realize I am well on my way to achieving many of my goals. Some things aren’t exactly where I want them to be, but I have plans to complete them. It is important to take the time to celebrate the journey, not just the destination. We set these huge goals and sometimes forget that each step along the way is important and worth celebrating. When you have given yourself the credit you deserve for working towards your goals, focus on how far you still have to go to keep yourself on track. This lesson came to me years ago but it’s something I need to relearn on a regular basis.
When I was in my 20’s I decided I wanted to be a Human Resources Manager before I turned 30. I was offered my first Management job at 27 and turned it down, knowing I wasn’t ready. I spent the year getting myself prepared. My boss brought me in to more management meetings, I took a Business writing course, and I joined Toastmasters to improve my public speaking skills. I’m sure there was more, but those are the significant pieces. The following year, at age 28, the Management position opened up again, and this time I was ready. When I arrived in my new position I was in a small town and my house was a 3-minute walk from work. I suddenly had so much time on my hands and I didn’t know what to do with myself. My focus for the last year had been so much on getting myself ready for this position that I forgot to celebrate each step along the way.
I did manage a big celebration for my big accomplishment. The year after I took the job, I took a trip to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji – a 5-week tour on my own. I met some amazing people and enjoyed my time immensely. I need reminding of this lesson from time to time, but I try to make a conscious effort to celebrate each step along the way to my goals. It is a great way to look back and see how far you have come even though there is still so far to go.
Take a moment this week and review your goals and look at some of the steps you’ve made towards them. I bet there is something that you forgot to take a moment and celebrate. And remember: It’s OK to change your path, the more open you are to inspiration the more likely you are to achieve the goals you set for yourself.