Ideally, if this was the perfect world we would set plans to achieve our goals and have them turn out perfectly with zero disruptions but often time, that is not the case. Life usually happens and we encounter roadblocks and chaos that interfere such as COVID-19 right now and other life situations that are out of our control. Of course that your number one priority is being healthy and making sure your basic needs are met, so if you are in a situation where any of that is in jeopardy, you need to take care of that first.
Being uncertain of your future can be scary and frustrating, we have no control over the unexpected events that happen in life but you're always in control of your actions. What you do and how you react to chaos or unplanned events will make all the difference in your success and in achieving your goals. Below I share five tips that can help get you back on track with your goals.
1. Know your Why & your Vision
If you’re having a hard time remaining focused and committed to your goals this is when you need to go back to your why and your vision. Why is this goal/is important to you? What is the vision you have for your future once you accomplish this goal? How will it make you feel? These are all great questions to ask yourself to keep you grounded and focused on the bigger picture. Write down your “why” statement in a journal and/or create a vision board or add to your existing one and post it somewhere you can see it every day to remind yourself. I know that for some people writing down positive affirmations daily or having a gratitude journal really helps, you may just be surprised at how much you have to be grateful for.
2. Make Some Time to Reflect & Re-evaluate your Goals
Often time, goals need to be reassessed and reflected upon. Especially when life happens and situations that are out of our control get in the way. The COVID-19 Pandemic is a perfect example of things that we have no control over that interfere with our plans/goals causing us to have to pivot. Use this time to reassess your goals and come up with a new strategy given the situation to still work on your goals and make them happen. When you find roadblocks or if one way does not work, you do not give up, you just find a different way!
3. Map out an Action Plan
Planning is key to making your goals happen. Personally, I’m huge on writing down my goals and mapping out a detailed action plan to keep me on track to make them a reality. Most of what I’ve accomplished in my career and now in starting my entrepreneurial journey has started with a plan of action. Whether it’s a career transition plan, business plan or even personal goals, take the time to map your goals and write down the exact action steps you will take to accomplish them on a quarterly, monthly, weekly and daily basis. I would also recommend dedicating some time every month and/or quarter to assess progress, and tweak things around if needed depending on the results you're getting. If you would like a template to map out your goals, check out my Goal Planner.
4. Set an Accountability Partner and/or System
Developing a system to keep you accountable and motivated towards working on your goals is crucial. Especially if you’re in a place where you’re lacking motivation and/or focus to work on your goals. In order to keep myself accountable, I meet virtually every two weeks with a group of four other Women who are also working on starting/growing their business and we discuss our progress, share best practices, resources, and set goals for ourselves that we want to be held accountable for the next time we meet. I love it because we empower and motivate one another. In the past I’ve also worked with coaches and mentors who have also helped me in making progress towards my goals and for accountability purposes. You can try something similar, find a group of people who have similar goals and develop an accountability group. Having a mentor or a coach who has achieved what you’re working towards and can show you the ropes is also a great way to ensure success. Facebook groups and MeetUp groups are another way to find others who are working towards similar goals and keep yourself accountable. I have a Facebook group for Women who are working towards achieving their career and business goals as well as support each other. If you’re interested in joining, checkout Career Boss Ladies.
5. Block off Time/Set a Routine
Scheduling time to work on your goals is how you will make them happen! I usually set some time apart on Sundays to complete my weekly plan and list what my most important tasks/projects are for the week and I block out time to work on them. I also use Trello,which I highly recommend to keep you organized and set your virtual “To Do” tasks. I love it because I can set boards within it for the different projects I’m working on, I can also share it with other people in my team that I might be working on a project with. I also love Trello because of the visuals and backgrounds you can use, if you are into visuals this will work perfect for you.