How many of us have ambitiously set out to achieve a big goal, only to find ourselves derailed, on the couch, phone in hand, scrolling our lives away? Or maybe it is more like, in bed, remote in hand, binge-watching our lives away? If that hits close to home for you, know that you’re in good company. Staying on track to reach our goals is challenging and that is the truth. That truth lead us to wonder what it takes to stay on track.
What does it take to stay on track?
Staying on track requires us to manage a machine with a lot of moving parts. Like any mechanical machine, often times if one part of the machine is not working properly, all parts will not work at full potential. To help ourselves and our readers stay on track, we have highlighted three important actions we take that assist us in staying on the track to self-defined success.
Have goals to review quarterly or monthly.
To have goals to review, one must set goals. Setting goals is preparation. That preparation dictates what actions need to be taken to accomplish a goal. The deadline tied to the goal dictates the pace at which the actions are to be taken. This information is the core ingredient to staying on track, because without it, there’s no plumb line to compare our progress to.
Assess current progress.
Once goals are set, assessment must be scheduled. Assessing progress tells us if we have strayed from the set plan for success. Think of how a GPS reroutes drivers when they make a wrong turn. Prior to navigation systems, we knew we were lost when we didn’t see the next turn for an uncomfortable amount of time. Now, thanks to navigation systems, we can know when we have strayed from the planned route right away, saving us time, money, and frustration. Setting out to accomplish goals without scheduling assessments is like driving with the reroute feature turned off.
Adjust plans and/or actions as necessary.
We are the doctors to our own success. We have the power to treat and medicate our state of success any way we find necessary. When we stray from our planned route to success, we will need to either adjust our plan or our actions to make our likelihood of success stronger.
Our goals are the vehicles to a life full of big picture days. Are your goals in good health?
Trish Perez is the senior editor, content curator, intern, web designer, chef, custodian, and proof reader at Storm Praise Publishing. She also serves as lead in the creation of the children's series, The Adventures of Josie and Bud, which makes its debut in December 2017.