May is National Recommitment Month, so I find it very fitting to write a blog about never giving up on your goals. National Recommitment Month involves looking back at our New Year’s Resolutions and reviewing our progress. Some goals had to do with bettering our relationships with our loved ones, or losing those extra holiday pounds; regardless it’s time to ask yourself - Have I made progress?
Self-reflection is very crucial and necessary to grow and become a better version of yourself. It can be emotionally draining to create a goal and then do little or nothing to pursue it. Sadly, it is easy to fall into habits that prevent us from accomplishing our goals, so taking time to self-reflect and analyze your progress is very important.
Some tips to self-reflection are:
- Keep a Journal! One of the best ways to monitor and assess progress is to write it down! Through journaling you can map out how you will work to accomplish your goals and then reflect on your progress. It is also a safe place to release excitements, frustrations, fears, etc. about pursuing your ultimate dream and life in general.
- Recruit Outside Help! Another great way to monitor your progress and self-reflect is bringing in outside help. Obviously you want to trust this person and feel very comfortable with them because you will be vulnerable telling them your dreams and talking about any issues that may pop up along the way. You also want to make sure that this person will hold you accountable and make sure you are working your absolute hardest.
- Checkpoints! Give yourself a timetable of when you want to accomplish certain tasks that contribute to reaching your end-goal. It can change with every task, some might be a week long deadline or some may be more long-term and take a month. But by setting these checkpoints and having deadlines you are holding yourself accountable and ensuring that you make progress.
- Be Forgiving! Working to accomplish dreams and goals is sometimes a scary thing to do. It can take years to get to accomplish your dreams....so keep your goal, but don't depair about the timeline. Be forgiving when you miss a deadline or when your hectic life takes over and you have to put your dream chasing on hold temporarily. You are human, not a superhero.
I hope that this friendly reminder you to continue pursuning your goals! If you need some extra help with goals related to your career, consider making an appointment with Daily Work. We can offer you judgment-free advice and ideas and help you stay motivated to reach your goals.