Achievements are the icing on the cake of life’s goals. Why then do they pass us by, often with barely a nod of acknowledgement at having reached them? You’ve heard the adage, “life is about the journey, not the destination”? I agree completely with this statement. However, it is just as important to take stock of our achievements along the way, if only so that we can recognize just how far we have come.
If you’re like me, you’ve got a running tally of the goals you are working towards either in your head or on an actual piece of paper. Goals encompass all areas of our lives and thus are varied and extensive. Whether it is losing 10 lbs before bathing suit season arrives or it is to finish writing your first book, all goals add an aspect of looking ahead in our own lives.
So, I want you to think back or find that list of goals you’ve been working on. If you don’t currently have your goals written down, do that now. Taking stock of your achievements involves the act of crossing things off the list and in order to do that you first need to write them down. As a side note, science tells us when we write our goals down we are far more likely to achieve them than goals that are only thought about.
Read over your list. Spend a few moments thinking about each and every goal. Take out another piece of paper and write down the first goal on your list. Then, in point form write down all of the accomplishments you’ve had while working on this first goal. It should look something like this:
Goal #1 Lose 10 lbs for swimsuit season
- Eliminated sugar from my diet (achievements reached)
- Created a walking habit of 30 minutes a day for the last 3 months (achievements reached)
- Looked at the free weights gathering dust in the corner of the garage and moved them to where I will see them everyday. New mini goal created of beginning to use them two times a week starting next week. (new mini goal identified)
This is where things can get a little messy. At the bottom of your piece of paper or on the opposite side if you need more room, write down your main “big” goals and in point form add any new mini goals you have come up with to help you attain the “big” goal. This is where using the free weights from the example above would be listed.
Once you’ve transferred the points you will need to keep tabs on going forward, flip that page back over and with satisfaction and accomplishment, cross off the mini goals you are already well on your way to incorporating into your life. In the example above, I would be crossing off, eliminating sugar and the walking habit. The key with this step is to make sure you have spent some time acknowledging the steps you have already taken.
Repeat this process every few months in order to stay on top of your goals. Be realistic in your time frames. Change takes persistence, continual focus, and time to achieve. I recommend that you have no more than 7 goals working at a time. If you are new to goal setting or wish to put all your eggs into one basket to change just one key aspect of your life, than start small and pick one goal.
Take that one goal and create mini goals under it. The mini goals are your road map to how to achieve the “big” goals. Take your time. Work consistently, and take stock of your achievements on a regular basis. Doing so will ensure success in your goal strategies and help move you in the direction of your dreams.
If you like to keep things neat and tidy and even more on target, check out this Pursuit Goal Journal available at Amazon. It is a great resource for keeping all your goal related lists in one place.
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