Look at this face. This is the face of a girl who thinks she knows her goals, but really has no idea what is coming for her in 2019. How cute.
When I set my goals this year, I felt prepared. Clear and in control. Ready to tackle my carefully calculated plans.
The thing I didn’t factor in? Going outside my comfort zone.
There’s a simple reason why I chose some safe goals for this year. Because I don’t like doing things that scare me. Does anyone? Show of hands?
Anyway, January flew by, and suffice it to say, my goals have changed a bit. (Check out my IGTV video for more on the moments that changed my perspective.)
And now I’m left with a choice: toss out my goals for this year (which are probably the most intentional for me, ever). Or adapt, and figure out how to reshape what I’m going after.
How are you doing with your goals?
Maybe you’re doing great, achieving victories, and ready for more. I promise I’m being totally genuine when I say, that is fantastic! Keep doing you.
But maybe you’re like me – finding that your goals can’t stay the same. Maybe you’re already tired of your plans, or you’ve even given up on them.
You’re not alone. New Year’s resolutions have a reputation for getting the boot early in the year.
But if you’re at the end of January and finding you need another mindset shift, this is for you, friend. Here are some things to keep in mind as you revisit your goals or resolutions:
Build up, don’t tear down.
The best-laid plans go awry. Know that whatever effort you’ve made toward your goals is worth celebrating. Also keep in mind that you can’t control everything. Sometimes situations come up that change the plan, and that’s okay. And please, please do not crush yourself for goals unmet.
Write your goals.
If you previously wrote down your goals, revisit them. And whether you have or haven’t, write down your new goals. Have them on paper to look at, follow up with, and rework if needed.
I’m using the Cultivate What Matters PowerSheets planner, and it’s making a huge difference. It really does work through your goals with you, and gives you room and grace to change them.
Don’t be afraid to get other people involved. Even if just saying the words out loud can really invite more accountability. But then if you’re open to it, ask them to follow up with you.
Make reasonable, actionable steps to go after.
Maybe the plans didn’t work out well because they were too general or big. Go back. Figure out steps you can take starting tomorrow, or this week. Set up deadlines to complete these tasks by.
Cross some things off your list.
You don’t have to do all the things! If there are some goals that aren’t working out to pursue, you can always set them aside, at least for now.
Maybe your goals are on point, but they’ve fallen to the back burner. That’s okay! As Lara Casey recently posted to her Instagram, there’s nothing magical about January 1. It motivates me to plan and make changes, but it doesn’t mean that’s the only time that has to happen. You can always start again.
All this is actually a step forward.
It would be easy to feel like my goals have been derailed. But honestly? It’s giving me the chance to really hone in on what I want to do. And that is a good thing.
What can you do to re-evaluate and continue, re-start, or put aside some of your goals for this year?