We had a very memorable and motivating New Year’s Eve. We spent ninety minutes thoughtfully listing 15 simple and doable goals for me, 15 simple and doable goals for my partner and 15 simple and doable goals as a couple that we wanted to achieve in 2015. The list of 45 goals fit on one sheet of paper so we printed one copy for each of us and committed to looking at this list at least once a day. I have chosen to carry mine in my daily agenda and my partner keeps his list in a prominent place on his desk.
The last week of January is upon us and the good news is that we have gained momentum on some goals and the bad news is that we have lost momentum on other goals. You probably committed to making some changes for the New Year in the form of goals, objective or resolutions. To me, the word resolution is discouraging and demotivating as it seems to come from a negative place where you are moving and looking backward. It assumes that you need to resolve an issue, problem, challenge or situation when you may just want to make a small change or improvement in your life, career and/or business. I prefer to use the word goal or objective which seems to be more positive and productive and assumes that you are moving and looking forward. It assumes that you have chosen to make a change or improvement that you can work on in small, simple steps. A completion of each small, simple step is a proud and progressive achievement.
This is an opportune time to do a goal go over, an objective overhaul or a resolution review and reboot. Rather than feeling disheartened or discouraged at your lack of progress, stop and take some time to see whether the goals, objectives or resolutions that you so eagerly committed to at the beginning of the year are the ones that work for you. As you look at your list, resist the temptation to eliminate the items on the list where you are making slower progress than you had anticipated. The successful achievement of any goal, objective or resolution demands that you be slow and steady rather than fast and furious. Be patient with yourself and with others who are helping and supporting you to achieve the goal, objective or resolution. However, if there are items on the list that you have little or no interest in achieving then take them off the list now. This gives you the chance to give the remaining items the time, focus, energy and attention that will allow you to successfully achieve them.
Make the time this week to do a goal go over, an objective overhaul or a resolution review and reboot. Then keep working on your list and remember to celebrate even the smallest signs of positive progress in your life, career and/or business. These changes or improvements will inspire and motivate you to keep making changes and improvements at your own pace and in your own time.