Did you start the year with a list of goals and all the intentions in the world of completing them? If you’re like most people, you’re halfway through the year (where the heck did it go???) with most of your goals still undone. It’s ironic that as planners, we do such a good job of keeping everyone else on track while we get the short end of the stick.
There are many reasons we don’t meet our goals. Sometimes life forces its way in and tells us how it’s going to be. That happens to all of us at one time or another, and in those times, we have to deal the best we can. Other times, we invite life to take over and our shortfalls are of our own doing.
Below are 5 tips for staying goal focused, no matter what your situation is.
1) Focus on Your “Why”?
Sometimes we lose our way because we lose focus of our “why.” Why did you become a wedding planner? Was it because you love weddings? Love helping people? Love design? Want to have a higher standard of living? Staying clear on “why” you started your business can help keep you focused on your goals. When you have to head out to a wedding rehearsal while your friends are headed out for a night on the town, or when you’re trying to find courage to push through your doubts, focusing on why you choose to do what you do can empower you and change your attitude.
2) Don’t Over Analyze
Paralysis by analysis is one of my husband’s favorite sayings. Or then again, maybe he uses it often because he’s making observations about my tendency to over analyze. This habit causes me to spin my wheels and not move forward because I get bogged down in decision making. Should I do this? Should I not? Which tactic should I use? Is the input worth the outcome, etc? They’re all valid questions, but eventually, it’s time to fish or cut bait.
3) Avoid Procrastinating on Money-Making Tasks
We all fall victim to procrastination from time to time. This morning, I woke up with the intention of completing an important task. While I had good intentions, I was sidetracked by busy work. I did a couple of loads of laundry, made some phone calls, and spent way too much time organizing my “to-do” list. All of those tasks needed to be done at some point, but since none of them were directly related to producing income, they shouldn’t have moved to the top of my “to-do” list.
The 80/20 rule states that 20% of our efforts produce 80% of our income, so be sure to spend the most time on tasks and goals which produce money.
4) Set Manageable Goals
We need to strive for big goals, but if a goal is too big, we’ll keep moving it to the bottom of our list. If we can break goals down into bite-sized tasks, they become a lot less intimidating. If we can do the even the tiniest bit on our busiest days, we can make steady progress towards our goals. Sometimes my tiny task may be to locate an item needed for a task the following day. It may take me less than 5 minutes to locate it, but getting that first step out of the way makes it much easier to attack the project the following day.
5) Focus on How Far You’re Come
When we feel frustrated with our progress towards our goals, it’s usually because we focus on how much we have to left to do, rather than on how much we’ve completed. When this happens, we need to make a list of our accomplishments. If life has gotten in the way of your goals, and you really haven’t accomplished much, make a list of all the personal and professional snafus and stumbling blocks you’ve dealt with. Then, compare them to your accomplishments and pat yourself on the back for how much progress you’ve made in spite of your roadblocks.
I’ve been guilty of
several all of these obstacles at some point since January, but I’m determined to get back on track with my goals. I’m inviting you to join me in a 5 Day Mid-Year Review Challenge. Yes, I know it’s prime wedding season, but that’s all the more reason to streamline your goals. By setting aside a few minutes each day, you’ll be able to celebrate your accomplishments thus far in 2017, and position yourself to finish strong less than six months from now. (Again, where the heck did this year go???)