We're all unique individuals with differing opinions, but one thing I think we can all agree on is that quarantine life sucks! For me, not being able to see family or friends in person is probably the most draining aspect of it all.
But there has been some good to come out of it, and that's time to reset and refresh. If you haven't looked at it that way or haven't had a chance to breath, I urge you to do so. Take a second and pause, and relax.
Did you do so? Great!
Now, one productive thing we can do with this time is set goals. Evaluate goals that you made and see if you need to tweak them or if you're on the right track. Establish new goals. Think of things you never thought you could accomplish and set a goal for it no matter how insurmountable it may appear to be. You never know unless you try!
When we set a goal then reach it, it’s a great feeling. You feel good inside, maybe even pat yourself on the back for a job well done. On the flip side, when we set a goal and don’t reach it, the feeling isn’t so good. We all have different ways of how we deal with a failed goal. Some of us brush it off and set another goal, while a failed goal for some may result in resisting to pursue another.
Here are two things I want you to understand as you set those goals:
For the ones you accomplish, great! For the ones you don’t, so what? Move on to the next one. It’s not the end of the world. It doesn’t matter in what arena you set a goal in, be it fitness, professional, or some form of personal goal, your duty is to give it your best effort. As long as you do that, whatever the outcome may be, just live with it. It is what it is. No use in harping over the failures. Learn from what happened and move on.
Sometimes with our goals, we set them to be out of reach, unrealistic, or unattainable, and set ourselves up for failure.
Whatever your goal is, whether it is small or large, develop a plan of action. You may have heard of the acronym SMART coined by Peter Drucker. It stands for:
Specific - simple, sensible
Measurable - indicator of progress, motivating
Achievable - attainable
Realistic - state what results can be achieved, given available resources
Time-related - specify when the result, or results, can be achieved
This is a great way to break down your goals, and ensure that you are setting yourself up for success.
Let’s learn from our mistakes, and limit our failures. Make sure we put ourselves in the best position to accomplish as much as we can. Let’s begin to raise the bar.
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