Around this time every year, I get a slight case of depression when looking at my goals that I set last year. I remember the excitement of it all; getting motivation speeches from friends and accountability partners about how next year is going to be awesome. How I’m going to accomplish everything on my list and create new goals for myself. Second quarter hits and I’ve noticed I’m not as far along as I want to be so I give myself a pep talk to get back in the game.
Summer comes. My throat seems a little dry from realizing half the year is gone and I haven’t accomplished anything on my list. No worries, I still have 6 months to get it together.
Then December hits.
Granted, I did accomplish two of my major goals for 2018. I increased my credit score, which resulted in me getting a brand new car. I also added two new authors to my publishing company and published my 7th novel, My Mother’s Child. Hey! That’s three things! Yay me…
However, there are a lot of things on my list that didn’t get accomplished. Tis’ the season to evaluate and move forward. This year, I wanted to do something a little different. I’d be insane to keep at my goals the way I have been.
Recognize where I am weak
It’s really easy for us to celebrate our wins and tell what we are great at. Believe it or not, most people do not recognize their areas of opportunity in the RIGHT way. When I say recognize where I am weak, I am not saying that I am shaming myself for the things I’ve done wrong. It’s time to have an honest conversation. “Cash, you’re inconsistency with changing your habits to meet your goals wasn’t great this year. Let’s see what things you need to seriously cut back on in order to make the shift happen.”
I’m not shaming myself or putting myself down. This is a honest conversation that needs to happen for growth to occur. Yes, you messed up. Guess what? God gave you another chance. How do I know this? It’s because you are living, breathing and reading this right now. Don’t waste it by dwelling on the negative. Let’s evaluate, learn and grow.
Prioritize my goals
A lot of times our goals are attached to each other. For example, I wanted to move and clean up my budget in order to save more. Well, I can’t very well move if my spending habits suck. Get to the root of your goal, if you see one that needs something else to be accomplished as a prerequisite…leave it off for now. Try not to overwhelm yourself with all that you think you need to accomplish.
Accountability is key
Maybe you’re one of those people who are self-motivated and don’t need anyone to keep you accountable. Maybe you quit on Jan 2 and forget all about your goals. Accountability is what is going to keep you focused, however that looks for you. There are countless Facebook groups, life coaches, etc. that can help you stay the course. Find a friend or loved one who also has goals they’d like to meet. Team up and keep each other accountable. It’s better when you have someone pushing you towards your goals. Everyone in your life should be down for the level up. If they aren’t, well…that’s another post for another day.
It really doesn’t take much to buckle down and meet your goals. Once your mind and heart are set, everything else will fall into place. We have to work on ourselves from the inside out in order to elicit real change. What’s something you are willing to work on in order to meet your goals next year?