TWO months of the year have gone by, and you are still not sure whether your plans will fall into place. You are beginning to wonder if your goals, set earlier in the year, are achievable or, worse, if they are worth the effort.
Well, at least you have started to think about early enough to get back on track. Ask yourself the following three questions that will help re-focus on your goals:
1. AM I A PERFECTIONIST?
In this fast-paced world where change is constant, accept that there are no perfect situations, answers and outcomes. You may need to make concessions and make the best of the situation to get the overall required results.
You may not get it right on the first try, but do not give up — the key is to keep going! You can slow down to take stock of what is happening: It will give you clarity and enable you to focus on what matters most.
The next issue is: Are the deadlines that you set realistic? If they are not, then you run the risk of not meeting them.
Work out a timeline in which the outcome you want can be reasonably achieved. For example, if you want to shed 5kg, don’t try to lose it within two weeks. Aim for a goal of 1kg a week, a rate that is recommended by dieticians.
Discipline is critical to keep you focused on getting the results you desire. Find ways to motivate yourself to stick to your goal plan.
2. AM I LIVING IN THE PAST?
What brought you success before may not bring you the same level of success today. You have to adapt to the new playing field that is changing continually. In other words, learn from the past, but live in the present.
The issue is: Do you still have the same hunger to get what you want in life? When things do not go as planned, let your purpose drive you to strive for what you truly believe in.
If you don’t have a purpose in life, you certainly will not achieve what you set out to do. “Hunger” is perhaps is the difference between winners and losers. Review your purpose. Does it inspire you to be a winner?
3. WHAT HAVE I LEARNT TODAY?
This is a reflective question that you should ask yourself every day. It can channel your efforts to make things right and, in the process, bring you closer to your goals.
You cannot change what you did yesterday, but reflecting on it can help you steer a new course for tomorrow.
In the Internet age, we get so much information at a phenomenal rate, but that means nothing unless some of that information causes us to change how we do some things. That is when real learning has taken place.
Did you want to change anything when you reflected on your life recently? If you did not, then maybe you are on track to achieve your goals.
However, if you realised that you are off track, you will have to alter your course, to act on what you know you must do, even if it may be unpleasant and difficult.
Answer the first two questions periodically and reflect daily on the third — the journey to success involves refining the steps you need to take to move you forward to achieving your desired goals.