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- PROGRESS: definition from Oxford English Mini dictionary
Forward or onward movement; development
This month, I’d like to encourage you to keep going with your goals, (or start afresh if necessary), during the next 6 months.
If you are a regular reader of my posts, you will be aware of my Happiness Challenge (see my recent post).
Happiness is a direction, not a place!
In which direction are you moving? Are you going forward, or slipping backwards?
How can you make December 31st this year, a time of satisfaction and celebration, and not an occasion for despair or regret?
Let’s have a look at two areas, which may help.
I am sure you are all familiar with the concept of setting goals. But how many of you review your goals? Do you have your goals written down and placed somewhere prominent, so you can see them, or placed where you are able to access them easily?
In the past, one of my biggest errors was writing out my goals but then never consulting that list again until the end of the year. At that time it was too late. I discovered that I’d completely forgotten most of what I wanted to do. It’s no wonder I hardly ever achieved those goals!
It’s necessary to remind yourself of what you are aiming for, so it makes sense to keep your list of goals somewhere handy and review them regularly. Now don’t feel that once you’ve written down a goal, you are cornered, or somehow tied to it. I used to think that way and this made me reluctant to even write down my goals. Now I realise how foolish that thinking was. Anyone out there who can relate?
The thing is, we are entitled to change our minds. Perhaps a goal you decided you wanted to pursue earlier this year, simply doesn’t grab you anymore. If that’s the case ditch it!
No point in pursuing something that no longer excites you. Find a new goal.
Set a goal because of who you are, or who you would like to become, not because someone else is doing it, or because someone you admire is pursuing it or has achieved it, or even because experts suggest you should do it. It’s good to seek inspiration but let it inspire you to be a better version of yourself, not change you into someone you are not.
Also, may I make a suggestion?
Concentrate on pursuing one goal at a time.
Sometimes we place pressure upon ourselves by having an unrealistic list that we cannot possibly accomplish in the time given. Look over your list and pick one goal. It could be one that absolutely has to be achieved by a certain date. For example, do you want to lose weight in order to look good in your wedding dress or that summer outfit? You will already have a certain deadline to work towards, and hopefully you will have the requisite motivation.
I came across the following quote during my devotional time today, which I hope will be a source of relief to some of you. It is attributed to the Earl of Chesterfield:
Attend to one thing at a time. The steady, undissipated attention to one object is the sure mark of a superior genius.
Over the next six months, depending upon how big or how urgent your goal is, you may only have time to pursue one item on your list anyway. You can break that goal down into manageable chunks, such as reading 2 motivational books per month, or decluttering your home within the next 3-4 weeks.
Choose a goal that is attainable, yet also challenging, so that you feel a sense of satisfaction when accomplished.
It may not seem like much now but if you are successful, at least by the end of this year you can feel good about what you’ve achieved and you will feel more confident about pursuing your aspirations the following year.
In reality there is no such thing as time management.
After all, if we could truly manage time, I am sure many of us would turn the clock back at our whim. Nope! Let’s face it, we have no control over time. It winds its own sweet way forwards, regardless of our protests, regardless of how we feel.
Now, because the concept is an established part of our every-day vocabulary and a phrase most people are familiar with, I’ll continue to use it.
Time management is really about self-management. Everyone is given 24 hours each day, so how are you spending yours?
Perhaps you are struggling with managing your time. You have responsibilities. You may even have a full-time job, or a time-consuming business. Once you get home or your working-day has finished, you just want to unwind, so you end up sitting in front of the TV to relax and before you know it, its bedtime!
Have you ever assessed how much of your spare time is being spent watching the TV? This is time you can never get back!
Now let me drop a thought seed into your mind.
If you are spending inordinate periods of time watching TV, do you know that you are spending this valuable time watching others fulfil their goals and dreams, whilst yours languishes upon the well-trodden path of good intentions?
Actors, contestants, journalists and screenwriters are all either busy living their dreams in front of your eyes, or have already fulfilled their ambitions. Now, although it may be entertaining to watch them, it means whilst you are doing so, your own dreams are lying comatose upon the paper they’ve been written on.
Perhaps today is the time to wake up and make a change. Become a purpose-driven achiever!
Carol (aka Lady Cee)
A Purpose-driven Achiever
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7 thoughts on “Are You Making Progress?”
These are valuable information. It is good to set goals and occasionally check on them. It helps to overcome procrastination. Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks for reading Beverley and for contributing your comment. It is appreciated.
You are welcome.
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Another AMAZING, thought-provoking post from you, Carol. It’s just in your blood to inspire & motivate. You’ve got a genuine gift.
You posed so many incredibly questions here. One of my favorite parts of your post was when you talked about how when we watch TV, we’re really watching someone else fulfill *their* goals and dreams. I had never even considered this! Most people think I’m absolutely crazy, but I canceled TV service several years back. Our home became much calmer, and ‘connected’ as a result. We actually began to be productive in activities that mattered. Or else, we simply enjoyed some time with each other, slowing down, and reconnecting. What a beautiful gift it has been! Honestly, I don’t feel I’ve missed a single thing, especially with the low-quality content being pushed these days!
I love this: “No point in pursuing something that no longer excites you. Find a new goal.” — You are absolutely right! So often, we soldier on with a project when the project is ‘dead.’ Letting go isn’t a failure. It is often a signal to move on to what is meant for us, for our fulfillment and prosperity. Sometimes in life, course adjustments are needed, even when they’re difficult to make!
I’ve shared this, Carol. You certainly gave me some food for thought and provided motivation in a way only you can. Thanks for sharing these incredible thoughts! ♥ Sending love and hugs your way.
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Once again, thank you so much for passing by and leaving me your generous and supportive comments. I’m playing catch-up so apologies if there has been a delay to my response.
Love and hugs returned and your support greatly appreciated. 🙂
Thank you for this inspiring post.
I think my issue with writing down goals for myself is feeling judgement around whether they are the “right” kind of goals – i.e. – is it ok for me to want this or to do this? Am I getting ahead or above myself? I think that’s my biggest obstacle to writing down goals.
I recently heard a podcast interview with the lovely (sigh) Hugh Jackman and he talked about how he writes down things in the morning that he intends for his day, as if they have already happened. And I have started to do that as a way of setting I guess goals or intentions for each day. I like the idea of speaking over those intentions as if they have already happened and reviewing them the next morning when I journal again.
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Oh Jacqueline, I think you need to ask yourself who is speaking when you question whether this is the “right” kind of goal for you, or whether it is “ok” for you to want what you want. I know I sometimes hear a voice asking me who do I think I am? Often it is just the Enemy or just the voice of low self-esteem. If unsure, you can always say to God “Father, this is my desire. I believe you have placed the desire in my heart. If so, help me to achieve this and if not, then show me your will and help me to let it go.” Hope that helps!
Brian Tracy also suggests we write our goals as if they have already happened.