Today is May 12, 2010 and we are rapidly approaching the mid point of this year. It is really amazing how quickly time has flown by, January seems like just a short time ago but it has been over five months since the close of 2009. That also means that it has been five months since we all have set our New Years Resolution and for most of us it hasn’t gone so well. Once the holiday season ends and the glimmer of hope for the New Year fades all you are left with is your will and determination. Getting back on track is imperative if you want to reach the goals that you laid out at the beginning of the year. I doubt your desire for change has gone away completely you have simply misplaced it so let us explore the art of refocusing and achieve these New Years resolutions before the become just another relic of years past.
I was skimming through my daily planner today with the intentions of reviewing what I have done with my life in the past five or so months. I got to the month of January and saw the list of goals that I had written down and began to question each to the extent of how much I accomplished each of them. My answer was definitely a kick in the butt to get me motivated because I have seem to have only grazed on each one instead of just diving in and putting in sufficient effort on each.
The first three goals involved my financial livelihood included quitting my dead-end job, eliminating my credit card debt, and becoming financially independent by creating passive streams of income. I got rid of the job, have made a small dent in my debt, and have created some very small income on the side.
My next goals involved writing. I wanted to write a screenplay, a novel, write articles, and finish writing songs for a rap mixtape because I’ve always wanted to make one. All of these have been partially done but I haven’t put enough energy towards doing any of them to really be proud of my accomplishments. If you’re looking back and feeling disappointment too then I hope you’re feeling the itch to change course.
Now my list of things to accomplish this year was pretty long when compared to the usual lose twenty pounds this year resolution but there is no difference really in how to accomplish each just the amount of time spent. Even if you only have a single resolution your life can still be busy and complicated taking attention away from what you dream about doing. If your goal is to lose weight you have to establish a routine (may I suggest waking up early?) and making it apart of your life so that you will dedicated ample time and resources into accomplishing the weight loss. This goal will be stretched over the entire year so it has got to be apart of your routine or else it will fail.
Meanwhile some goals don’t take sustained year long focus but short-term intense focus to accomplish them. For example the screenplay I mentioned could be accomplished within a few weeks if I dedicated a larger allotment of time to it. Once it is done editing can be done at my leisure and the energy towards its completion no longer have to be sustained. Creating passive streams of income takes a lot of work up front to get proper results but once the work is done that flow of money will continue to pour in while you set up another method. So if your goal has a finite end, try to accomplish it in a shorter period of time letting some other things sit on the back burner while life change goals such as healthy eating need to be incorporated into your schedule everyday.
Sticking With It
This article is about reevaluating your goals so that you can adjust your life to accomplish them but we’ve waited over five months to do so. Sticking with your routine or dividing your time to devote towards something that you want to do will require us to set short-term goals perhaps week to week and reevaluating more often to ingrain in our minds what we desire. Start by getting a planner and writing down what you’re going to get done that day in the amount of time you have available.
To go back to a writing example, I have set for myself the goal of completing two articles each day (three so far today) and have included it into my routine. Now that is one of the long term goals with no real end to speak of, I have established that it will be done everyday and have set a number that I must abide by. Break down your goals into smaller pieces that gets you the results you crave in a step by step manner. Consistency over the year will reap the rewards.
Don’t get depressed if you haven’t stayed on track so far this year, it’s not over yet. However, you do need to take a look at how things are going in your life and let that sense of determination that stems from your disappointment take over your very being. Take each goal as a separate entity and adjust to meet your expectations. Do these things and when 2011 rolls around you won’t be repeating yourself when you set your resolutions you’ll be setting new ones.