Are you wrapping up the year and finding that there is a goal you “forgot”?
This may be a goal that:
- You hoped you could, and others would, forget about.
- Was something you never wanted to do, but knew you needed to.
- Was buried, day by day, as more immediate issues got in the way.
If there’s a goal like this as you wrap up 2010, here are a few things you can do as you prepare to move into 2011:
1. Decide if this forgotten goal is something you still want to achieve.
Sometimes there’s a goal we hope to get to, but it’s big enough that we just don’t grasp quite how to begin to tackle it, much less know how to completely meet it.
At other times, the forgotten goal may be one you once had, but have now outgrown or for other reasons, no longer hold.
2. If this is a goal you still want, get excited about it again.
Maybe there are great benefits to getting this work done which you haven’t focused on fully yet.
Take some time to imagine you have achieved the goal. Experience that feeling of victory in its full glory…all the sights, sounds, and elation.
Also imagine the process of getting there. See yourself rising above each challenge that may crop up along the path.
3. Accept it if this is something you have to achieve, whether you want to or not.
This may be a “should” or “must” that you still have to carry forward.
If so, just accept it and get moving.
There is a lot of power in acceptance.
The energy you’ve spent running away can be used in far better ways, and you may find that you’ve met the goal far more quickly than you expect, when you just buckle down and get the work done.
Suddenly, the goal will be met, and the burden will have been lifted, as well.
4. Increase your dissatisfaction with the status quo.
This is the opposite of getting excited about a goal you still want to achieve.
To get to the point of action, sometimes we have to wait until we’re really ready to let go of the past. And, well, sometimes that takes a lot of unhappiness with the status quo. We have to be far more ready to go than to stay in the situation we currently find ourselves in.
How can you increase your dissatisfaction with your current situation, making you less willing to tolerate the status quo?
5. Take your big goal and turn it into a series of smaller, more accessible and achievable goals.
Put those smaller goals on your calendar and work to achieve each of those, one by one.
You’ll create a steady stream of achievements, which has far more benefits than you might realize now.
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