“We always over estimate what we can do in a year and underestimate what we can do in five years.” – Source unknown
It’s Saturday, January 21st and most people who made New Year’s resolutions have given up. It’s been too cold or life got busy again getting back to the routine of work and school. Resolutions or goals are like running a marathon. Runners don’t bust off the line and burn all of their energy in the first mile; they plan their pace to accomplish the time they want across the finish line.
So, did you blast off on January 1st, 2nd, and 3rd? Below are few suggestions for reloading those goals and re-committing.
First, be realistic. Runners don’t just get up one morning and decide to win a race. They start with training and really having a passion for racing. Go back and review the resolution or goal you wrote down (you did write it down, or do I need to go back further on goal setting). Did you set too many goals or make too many resolutions? Maybe choose only one or two to really commit to. Do you have the ability and desire to accomplish the goal within the year? If either is in question, keep reading as we further look at reloading.
Second, give yourself a new start date. January 1st is a natural calendar start, but goals can be started anytime. If the first quarter of the year is very busy for you in one area of your life, you may need to set a start date further out. My goals are written by the end of the first week of January, but my start date isn’t until February 1st. This allows me a month to plan for them, pray over them and really commit to working toward accomplishing them.
Third, break the goal down into bite size chunks. Runners usually start out walking or running smaller races to train and get in shape. What are the steps to accomplishing your goal? Do you need to take a class? Do you need to plan for some activity toward that goal each week? Take the piece of paper you wrote the goal on (you did write it down, didn’t you) and under the goal write the steps to accomplishing it. Then go through and give each step a deadline. Are your deadlines doable with your other responsibilities? Add these deadlines to the calendar you live by; if it’s electronic then set reminders for yourself.
Fourth, keep your goal fresh. Set a date five or six months from your start to revisit the goal. Do you still want to accomplish this? How are you doing? Do you need to adjust your goal to better fit your time, ability and resources?
By writing your goals and making them work within your passion, lifestyle and resources, you are taking control. When you take charge of your goals and resolutions, you will accomplish more than if you give up before the end of the first month; and even more will be accomplished if you write the goal down. Every day is a new start, every week is a new beginning and every month is a fresh commitment.
See you at the finish line,