As we approach the new year, I know it’s tempting to look back and consider all the things we didn’t do. I urge you, instead, to only glance at the past, take a small mental note, and push forward to pursue new ventures.
I’m sure you’ve heard before that you shouldn’t compare yourself to others, but what about to yourself? Is it good to hold yourself in competition with your past self? I think, to a certain extent, yes.
You have to train your mind not to focus negative attention on what you didn’t accomplish. It takes practice to only see what you did accomplish. For example, I didn’t publish six books in 2021 – not even half that. However, I did produce a complete, high quality sequel that came out less than nine months after the first installment of the series – all while moving into a new mom, keeping my kiddo safe during the pandemic, and growing my social media accounts to promote my books and encourage other indie authors. See! I might not have produced an incredible number of works this past year, but at some point, my goals changed. I realized quality was more important than quality, and with other events in my life, I could not produce high-quantity without sacrificing quality.
Adjusting Your Goals
Something that I’ve found helpful is to list out your goals at the beginning of the year, and break those goals into twelve checkpoints – one for each month. Then, at the start of each month, break those twelve smaller goal checkpoints into weekly goals and list the tasks you need to complete to reach them. Seeing what tasks you need to complete each week will give you a manageable way to reach your overall goal for each month – and, ultimately, the year!
Rethinking Your Goals
Keep in mind, goals should keep you moving forward. If you reach a point in the year that you realize you’re constantly looking back at how behind you’ve gotten or how much you haven’t done yet – rewrite your goals. Make the smaller, more reachable, if you need to. There’s no shame in that, and you’ll have a sense of pride when you do still meet your newly set goal in the future. Remember, they’re your goals – these are for you! No one’s going to judge you for re-evaluating what you want to (and can realistically) accomplish, so stop judging yourself.
I hope everyone has a wonderful end to 2021 – it’s been a long year with lots of ups and downs. Wishing everyone a happy new year with lots of luck and love in your future!
A goal without a plan is only a dream.Brian Tracy
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