We're about a month into the new year. How are your goals coming along?
Goals are slippery little things, aren't they? Many of us have a love-hate relationship with goals. I love them because I enjoy the feeling of progress and accomplishment. I struggle with them due to my deep-seated desire to sit and watch good TV shows and movies all day every day.
Here are a handful of things I've learned about goals while running my business for over two decades now. They help keep me off the couch and away from the TV.
We have a lot of 2021 ahead of us. There's still plenty of time to set some goals and then take the critical next steps to track, review, and update them. I set aside time each week to review and update my progress toward goals. Being a nerdy tracking wonk, I have my annual goals setup in a Google Sheet. Every Saturday morning I work through each goal and add a short note on my progress. At the bottom of the worksheet is this passage from the book 365 Tao by Deng Ming-Dao.
"It’s important to examine both the short-range and the long-range. If you want to go far in a decade, you have to go far each year. If you want to go far each year, you have to make sure that you do something significant each day. Use the cycles of life to establish a measure to your life, and then arrange your plans according to the units that you have chosen. Then there will be no fear of not knowing your own progress."
So go on now! 2021 is SO your year!