So the last post was about creating a road map to setting your goals, making things easier for you to do the things you want to do by just doing a little bit of upfront work. There is another side to this though, we haven’t talked about the things that might get in your way. This happens to us time and time again where we are ready to do something and then out of left field – WHAM! We are stopped in our tracks because something comes up, someone objects to our forward motion, or life just happens.
Sometimes we can plan for these things and sometimes we can’t. Bills are predictable and we know in advance we will have to pay them but sometimes paychecks aren’t as reliable as we would like them to be, especially if you are on commission or part-time. Sometimes unexpected expenses come up, someone gets sick or the car breaks down. These things can really take the wind out of your sails.
Sometimes we are our own roadblock. How many times have you heard someone say “My diet starts on Monday,” or “I’ll won’t put off my paper until the last minute next time.” That all sounds like bologna to me, and if you are honest it will sound like bologna to you too. Roadblocks are a fact of life; they take us off guard and hinder our motivation to reach our goals. But they don’t have to keep you from getting to where you want to be!
Its all a question of priorities. Where are your priorities? Is your goal your priority or someone else’s? That is an important question because I guarantee that the only goals you will reach and sustain are the ones that you own and are at the top of your priority list.
If roadblocks have been a problem for you, despite great intentions and planning you can’t seem to make it all the way to your goal then here are some things to thing about.
- Decide who owns this goal. Like I said before, if this is important to you then we are on the right track. If this is someone else’s idea then do some soul searching and see if there is any part of this you can get behind. Maybe you don’t want to lose weight but you do want to live a healthier lifestyle. You don’t really care if the kitchen gets remodeled but you do want to cook more at home (and a new grill and range makes that a lot easier!).
- Identify what could get in your way. If you are trying to get better about keeping your books at work and having better accounting, then late nights might be a problem that would keep you from staying at work and getting it done. If you want to reduce your carbon foot-print by riding your bike to work, rainy days might really discourage you from pedaling for 4.3 miles.
- Make a plan for those roadblocks. When you have a solid list of the things that might get in your way, make a plan for what you will do when they come up (because they will). You can schedule an hour towards the end of the work day, during business hours to work on the accounts and books, assign other staff to take care of the other end-of-day tasks. When it rains be sure you know where the bus route is and grab the bus instead of driving or have a carpool worked out with co-workers.
The key to success with goals is planfulness and intention. When you plan ahead and you are invested in what you are doing, you will definitely reach the goals you set for yourself. And goals can be contagious! Once you reach one you can’t wait to set the next.1
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