It’s August! Remember those goals you made back in January/February-ish? Some of us are soaring along, happily marking checkpoints as we go. To all of you I say, GO GIRL (with two snaps and a standing ovation!)!! Others of us are scratching our heads wondering where in the world the time has gone! If you belong to the latter crew, have no fear. It’s not too late for us to get it together and make some tracks. All we have to do is press refresh. Let’s not watch another day go by and miss the opportunity to work toward our desired end. Instead of spending time shaking our heads at ourselves, here are a couple of quick tips to get us back on track and give us a shot at getting some things done.
1. Re-evaluate your purpose.
Sometimes we get distracted and forget what we are all about and what it is that we are called to do. Some distractions are legitimate. These type of distractions often disguise themselves as responsibilities. Other distractions are enticing and seem to pull at us but they are often situations/issues/people/things sent to throw us off of our game. Think about what it is you are trying to do and why. Then, write it down and place it somewhere you can see it, daily. When you are clear about your purpose, you prioritize accordingly.
2. Re-visit your goals.
Break out that plan you made (or, in some cases, make a plan). Take a look at your goals. Do your goals reflect your purpose? Choose one goal on the list and start with 30 mins a day, taking small steps to accomplish that goal. Think you don’t have time? At the end of a seven day week you will have logged three and a half hours of work toward that goal. At the end of the month, 14 hours. As the months roll on, more time will be given to that goal and you may even see pockets in your schedule that are available for you to spend more time working toward the goal. The key here is to define the goal and make a start.
3. Refresh and GO!
Take a sabbath to get some rest, identify and rid yourself of unnecessary distractions, do some things you enjoy but most of all spend time alone encouraging yourself around your purpose. If you’re an extrovert, spend some time with people who know you and love you and tell them about your re-focusing. This will be great for your energy but it will also be great for accountability. Now that you feel good and are excited about what is ahead, go do the doggone thing!! No matter how many starts you have to make, make them until they lead you to a successful finish.
“You don’t need to go back in time to be awesome; you just have to start right now. Regretting that you didn’t start earlier is a great distraction from moving on your dream today, and the reality is that today is earlier than tomorrow.” -Jon Acuff, Start
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