We’re 2/3 of the way through the first quarter of the year and I don’t know about you but sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated with your goals once the new year has lost its shiny “newness”! Today, I wanted to share a few of the things that I’m doing to stay motivated with my goals as I push through the rest of the quarter one and make plans for quarter two. I hope these tips help as you continue to work hard on the goals you set for 2021!
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1. Give Yourself Grace
If there is anything 2020 taught us, it’s the need for grace. Grace for ourselves and others because, in many ways, life will not go as we plan. And when we get derailed, feel distracted or completely lost, it’s not necessarily because we stink at being adults (I mean, I don’t know about you, but I legit sometimes stink at being an adult. But that’s besides the point!). Sometimes we just have to take a deep breath and cut ourselves some slack for not having it all together. As long as you know you did your best with what you had, you really can’t ask for more than that.
So, I don’t know who needs to read this but make sure you are giving yourself grace on the days you need it. It’s not a cop out and it shouldn’t make you feel guilty. I believe if God can be generously gracious with us then we should be gracious with ourselves and others. Don’t put unnecessary pressures on yourself. Don’t sacrifice your well-being for perfection. Make sure you have the big picture in view so you don’t get unreasonably caught up in minor details.
Also remember to give grace to others. When we’re uptight and ungracious with ourselves, it can translate into how we treat those around us – our families, friends, the people we work with and rely on. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and anxious, make sure you do a little check and make sure you’re being gracious to those around you.
2. Review Your Game Plan and Consider Revisions
Sometimes we lose motivation to stay with our goals simply because they aren’t the right for the season we are in. Even if you carefully constructed a game plan for the year, once that plan hits the light of day and reality sets in, your plans will probably need adjustments. And that’s okay. Plans are only useful if they are practical. If you’re spending your time banging your head against the wall because something isn’t working instead of pivoting, changing your expectations or coming up with an entirely new goal or set of goals, then your motivation is toast. You’re not going to feel like doing your best.
So I invite you to take a look at your goals, review what’s working and what’s not working and consider revising your game plan. Remember, you don’t have to commit to goals that aren’t working for the season of life you’re in. Keep your priorities flexible. And I would suggest reviewing them on at least monthly and quarterly basis.
This is one of the reasons why I love using the Full Focus Planner. It has weekly and quarterly prep and review built into the planner so you don’t have to think twice about it-you just do it! And because it is an undated, quarterly system, you can pick it up at any time! If you’re looking for a new planner system, it’s not too late to switch it up and try the Full Focus Planner!
3. Consider YOUR DIET
When I say diet, I don’t necessarily mean food (although, that’s a super important variable in how well you perform). I mean everything that you’re feeding your mind and soul. Consider what media and content you’re consuming (TV shows, books, magazines, YouTube channels, music, social media, etc.) and decide if what you are putting in your head and in your heart is helping you stay on track or is distracting you from what you consider important. Personally, there is a direct correlation between my productivity and the boundaries I place on media consumption. When I’m not careful about what I’m watching or listening to, my productivity takes a hit.
If you’re not reading, listening or watching things that will teach, edify, or inspire you, your productivity and motivation will stagnate. So stop and consider your diet of all the different kinds of media and content that take up your time on a daily basis and make sure that you’re feeding and inspiring your mind and heart to reach for the stars!
4. Get Help
When it comes to goal setting and planning, you can have the best planning system and goal setting tools and read all the productivity books and watch all the YouTube videos but what I have found really helps is getting actual personalized help. And by that, I mean relationships with people who get it.
Recently, I got a business coach to help me in my entrepreneurial journey. I didn’t even know how much I needed my butt kicked into gear but I totally needed help and she’s been helping me stay on track with the professional goals that matter most to me. It’s been a total game changer! Sometimes, getting help is the best thing we can do for ourselves.
If you find yourself spinning your wheels and not progressing in your goals, maybe you need some help working through some specific challenges. I’ve found that simply talking through my goals and struggles is super helpful in figuring out my needs and what actions I should take moving forward.
AN INVITATION TO WORK WITH ME
If you’d like some help with your 2021 goals, I’d love to work with you! You can schedule a free 15 minute call with me and we can talk about where you are now, what goals you’d like to accomplish and where you’re having trouble. We can talk about what your next steps should be in building better goals, and ultimately a better year! And if you enjoyed our 15 minute call and would like to continue working with me, we can talk about a coaching package that fits your needs!
I LOVE talking about planners and goal setting and would love to help you build a better year in 2021!
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