Every month, we talk about resolutions. What’s your motivation to keep your goals top of mind? We’re seven months into the year and there are a couple of thoughts I’d like to share about setting and achieving goals.
First of all, goals should be personal. They should be about YOU and your personal growth, not external influences or the need to please others or gain their approval. Ask yourself what you truly want.
At this point in the year, some of you may be thinking you’ve set the wrong goals but somehow feel obligated to finish what you started because of all the time and effort you’ve already invested. It’s o.k. to change your mind. Goal setting is about personal growth and all learning is valuable. Discovering you want to take a new direction is part of the process. Just remember to stay focused on the big picture as you adjust your immediate actions.
Lastly, don’t let your goals define you. We are all multi-dimensional. While it’s great when you achieve a goal that you’ve set, that is simply one part of the whole person that you are! It’s possible that achieving goals can almost create more pressure than not achieving them. “Will I keep this up?”; “Will I let people down who are inspired by what I’ve accomplished?” Remember, your goals are YOUR goals. Their purpose is to keep you motivated – not for you to use to judge yourself.