March madness has come and just about gone. We have 3 days left of the 3rd month of the year and we are coming to the end of the first quarter of 2012. If your anything like me, and I imagine you are, you had high hopes for 2012. I bet at the beginning of this year you sat and thought about all the wonderful things you were going to accomplish this year and how this year was going to be “different” then last year or the year before. Different because this year you had decided you were going to actually DO the things you have been saying you wanted to DO.
Maybe you want to write the great American novel, start your own business, lose weight, finally find the perfect romantic partner, learn a new language, get out of debt, save for that trip you have always wanted to take, or simply have a few minutes in the day for yourself to unwind. The list of possibilities are endless of what you might like to change or the new experiences you would like to have…
Most folks talk about goal setting and planning in the beginning of they year but I like to wait until the end of the first quarter because this is when you need my help. The first part of the year you have thousands of people talking about goal setting and planning but by mid February they have left you to your own devices. They give you a few tips and pointers. State your goals in the positive, make them obtainable, set a date or time line for the completion of your goals, write them down then they disappear no more discussion or follow up to see how your doing …
I’m here not only to follow up with you on how you are doing but I want to help you make this year the year you actually DO whatever it is you want. Now that the hype is gone and all the cheerleaders have gone home you are left holding the bag of uncompleted goals. I want to help you with 3 simple tips that will refocus and direct your energy and attention to get back on track or on target as I like to call them.
- Tip #1 STOP CALLING THEM GOALS! I know when you hear the work goals something in your body tightens and you scream in your own mind if not out loud “NO” not again! Goals can be too big and overwhelming so we are going to make them smaller and change the name to Targets. Think of a archer taking aim at a point of interest or for you something you want, with clarity of focus, simply pulling back on the bow and releasing the arrow straight through your result. Think of that new movie just out last week “The Hunger Games” and how amazing they are with the bow and arrow.
- Tip #2 MAINTAIN A CLEAR FOCUS ON YOUR END RESULT! To do this you must know what it is you truly want! Take Katniss for example, the heroine in the movie “The Hunger Games” the only way this girl survives is through her determination and crystal clear vision of what she feels she MUST DO to get the end result she is longing for. Which is to stay alive and return to her sister. She is hungry for her result and that hunger comes from clarity of vision or purpose. It is imperative for you to know what it is you want without doubt or hesitation. Only once you are crystal clear will you have the determination to follow through regardless of the difficulties.
- Tip #3 DON’T GIVE UP! So what if you are three months into the year and you haven’t done what you said you were going to do! Don’t beat yourself up about it. You can’t do anything about the past, you can hope for the future, but one thing you actually have control over is this very moment! The reality of your experiences is based on what you do right now! Even the fact that you have read this post all the way to completion says you are interested in making today different from yesterday and you are ready to redirect your focus, you are ready to take aim at your target! So as our good friends at Nike say “Just Do It” and stop feeling guilty about what you didn’t do yesterday, or worrying about what may or may not be tomorrow, and direct your attention on one thing you can do right now that will put you in alignment to hitting your target!