It’s how you progress, not how you finish!
It's nearly a quarter of the way through the year and this is where most people have either forgotten about their goals, lost track or worse, given up on them altogether!
I have mentioned in previous blogs that goals without meaning are almost guaranteed to fail and die a slow death, before resurrecting again in some shape or form the following year.
So why do we do that, set these new goals at the beginning of the year and make these promises of being a better version of ourselves and then never following through?
As I have stated before, it’s a timing thing. For most of us the end of a calendar year often means we have time to reflect and review how the previous year went. During this period we often over indulge in food and money, and automatically get on the defensive when we return back to everyday life. So part of the main reason we make goals especially during the early part of the year is because it's reactionary, or it’s because that is what everyone else is doing!
The latter I’m more OK with, sure it’s a fresh start, so why not clean the slate clean right? But when you're simply making promises and goals based on what you did in a two week holiday, then it’s not going to end well, trust me I know.
"No one can guarantee a goal will ever play out the way it's suppose to be, no matter how well planned and
SMART the goal is"
So, we are a quarter of the way through as a mentioned, what does this mean for us who have set goals and have yet to achieve them, or for the majority of us who have completely forgotten about the goals altogether?
Well the upside is its natural to be sitting in both camps. Goals aren't meant to be perfect road maps of what you'll achieve, they are more like guidelines and frameworks. Yes you need to have Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely goals also known as SMART goals, but as the acronym alludes to they are just a SMART way of looking at your goal you are setting, literally! They are not "the instruction manual" or blueprint, as I said it is more a guideline.
What people don't do is give themselves the ability to adjust and adapt with the goals they set, and for me this is just as important as setting the right framework and guidelines to achieving goals.
No one can guarantee a goal will ever play out the way it's suppose to be, no matter how well planned and SMART the goal is. Circumstances are bound to change and events will pop up during the year that will absolutely challenge the foundations of the goals set, and there is bound to be more than just one challenge, in fact there will be daily, weekly and monthly hurdles to overcome a meaningful goal!
That's why its probably a goal in the first place, because it's not easy to do, and if it were it wouldn't be a real goal!
Now, I mentioned a couple of key words, ADJUST and ADAPT, if you've been following and reading my blogs for a while, you will know how much I harp on about adjusting and more so adapting your personal development.
You see, goals are designed to fail, the difference between a goal being achieved is the person(s) setting them must be willing to do whatever it takes to achieve them. That's the secret in my eyes, along with that person(s) ability to adjust and adapt, those two combined will almost guarantee a goal being achieved.
At the end of the day, progress is key when it comes to goals, and progress can only be recognized when you are aware, you become aware when the goal has significant meaning, and from there willingness and adaptability are almost a by product of that process.
The formula for achieving meaningful goals is not rocket science, but what is hard is the sustained effort to progress small steps towards those goals, like someone trying to transform their body from "fat to fit" as they like to call it, that transformation doesn't happen overnight, and sometimes progress seems irrelevant especially if the progress is small and unnoticed.
With all this being said, goals are deeply important if you want to create any type of success, especially personal success. Without meaningful goals or the right mindset and effort, goals will just be another thing you do when the New Year rolls around, so let me ask you this, what are you doing to change it?
If you're not sure and you want to drop me a line about it, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I look forward to hearing from you!
Till next week,
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