The new year is around the corner. How exciting! It’s time to go back and celebrate all of our accomplishments. A couple of years back, I used to get really stressed out thinking of all the things I was not able to achieve during the year and I completely forgot about all of the things I did accomplish. It was a non-stop battle in my mind of ‘how is it possible I did not do this or that?’
I believe that in order to reach our goals we first need to change our mindset. We need to focus and learn to appreciate all of the amazing things we did and not to dwell over the stuff we did not do so good on. Remember, it's about balance. Being able recognize where we failed and where we excelled is KEY. No vamos aprender si no sabemos en donde la regamos.
Before getting started, let's make a list of what we accomplished during the year. I can assure you, some amazing things happened that you didn’t even plan for. Just remember, when you do your part, the pieces of the puzzle aways fall in place.
The easiest way for me to know where I stand is to divide a sheet of paper in two, and use one side for things accomplished and the other, for pending goals. Note that I call them pending simply because everything we do is a work in progress. You might not have accomplished everything you wanted on a specific deadline but you can still do it.
Once you have your list ready, celebrate! Yes, for the amazing, hard work you did. And now let's focus on our pending items.
I like to work on my goals in the following categories. Give it a try until you find what works best for you. So far this does it for me.
Some of my categories could fall into one, but I find it helpful to have them separate. It makes it more attainable for me to see several small lists over one long-ass list of goals. I hope this makes sense to you. (My little brain sometimes can't sort things out)
Once I have my categories, I go to my pending list and I transfer it over to my GOALS sheet and I add more to it. When I feel confident and I have a strong list of goals, It’s time to get to work.
I like to create a mini plan of “what I need to do every day” to get there. See it like a to-do list. Basically, I break down my goals into actionable objectives. I personally don't set up timelines too much, there are a couple of things I would like to get done on a timely manner but I try not to make that my priority. I've learned and noticed that when I stay focused and work consistently on reaching a particular goal it happens faster than expected. It's all about discipline and believing in yourself.
I find it very helpful to print it out your GOALS and have it in a place where you can see it daily. Also, I make it a habit to go over it at least once a week. It’s a good way to stay on track.
Experts suggest to make SMART Goals, Specific, Measurables, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound. Don’t stress over having all of your goals fit every category, as long as you work everyday towards your goals you will get there.
As we are closing the year, I hope you find this useful and it helps you get ready for the new year.
How do you work on your goals? I would love to hear from you.