"DIG deep--get deliberate, inspired, and going."
~ Brene Brown
Do you ever feel like you’re spinning in circles with too many goals?
Are most of them conflicting?
The good news is that you’re not the only one who feels that way. It's very common, and you can help to solve the problem. So now as we come to the last month in yet another quarter, it’s a good time to take a look at your goals and see where you are.
If you are not where you want to be with your goals thru the end of September and are feeling overwhelmed with it all.
Here are 3 practical steps you can take starting today:
1. LOOK FOR OVERLAPPING GOALS
Sometimes there is a natural and logical relationship between goals. Suppose you want to become more productive and to have more time to spend with family. Prioritizing what’s important and concentrating on them daily is a big step towards helping you accomplish your goals.
There are times when two goals may seem to be in direct opposition to each other, like wanting to grow your business and having more free time. In this case, write out both goals, and next to each of them write out why you want to accomplish each of them. You might find that what you want is to have a more flexible work schedule. In this case, your real goal might be to get more done in less time. Or, you might discover that satisfying your desire for growing your business requires that you delegate more to your team. Take time to tune in to the true essence of your goal, only then can they work themselves out.
2. MAKE THE TIME
We tell ourselves there are "only so many hours in a day," and that we're "too busy" to take on anything else right now. Your time, however, is precisely that – yours.
Instead of saying “I don’t have time to create this new training,” try saying, “I am going to make the time to create this new training.” We always find the time for the things that really matter.
3. BE FLEXIBLE
It’s a good thing to put a timeline together and have definite dates and time-sensitive goals. But remember that life happens, and as we’ve seen this year, it even gets in the way. There is an ancient Greek saying that goes: “If you want to make the gods laugh, tell them your plans.” Having milestones and plotting points along the timeline is good, but don’t hold yourself to it so rigidly that you cannot adapt to the occasional curveball.
If it feels like you have too many goals or if the ones you do have are fighting each other, then find the ones that overlap. That will help you determine what’s most important to you right now. Then work on one goal at a time. By prioritizing and focusing on the ones that mean the most to you right now, in business and in life, that will help you put your goals in perspective, so they don’t seem or be so overwhelming anymore.