September 30, 2011
From Guest Writer Nailah Blades, Polkadotcoaching.com
Tomorrow is the first day of October, which means that if you were a corporation you’d be heading into the fourth quarter of the year: your Q4. This also means you would have all of your super smart business and financial analysts reviewing the past 3 months and evaluating where you netted out.
It’s important to take a step back and review where you are from time to time. Being aware of your progress can help you decide what needs to be done to keep moving forward. Doing an honest review of your Q3 will help you keep track of your accomplishments and will also help you determine where you need to change direction.
Let’s take a look at the corporation of You for a second – dare I say ‘You, Inc.’ What did the last quarter look like? Were you able to achieve the results you outlined at the beginning of the year? Would your stockholders be pleased? Take around 30 minutes to review the questions below:
- What have you accomplished during your Q3?
- Any disappointments or setbacks? What can you learn from those experiences?
- Are there any goals or projects that need to be adjusted? Any goals that just need to be axed?
- What goals have fallen off the radar? What can you do to get them jump started again?
- What are your priorities for Q4? How will you adjust your plan to meet your goals in the next few months?
- What resources or tools do you need to have a crazy successful Q4? How will you get those resources and tools?
Once you've completed your review, you should have a good idea of what worked and what didn’t in the past few months. You will have a list of your awesome accomplishments as well as goals you still want to work toward. Breaking our big goals into smaller pieces makes them more manageable and will help keep us truckin’ along. Here are some other tips to keep in mind as you work toward your goals so that you can stay motivated and not get burnt-out:
- Create & Track Milestones - Working toward a lofty goal can be overwhelming, and you’re more likely to get frustrated and give up when you don’t think you’re moving the needle. Acknowledge when you make it to smaller milestones. If there aren’t any small milestones – make them up. For example, if one of your goals is to run a marathon, start keeping track of when you successfully complete each mile. Running 1 more mile each week sounds a lot more manageable than running 26.2 miles by a certain deadline.
Stay Focused on Your Compelling Vision - It’s a lot easier to tackle tough goals if you know it all fits into your overarching compelling vision. What’s your big “why?” Losing 20 pounds doesn’t sound like fun, but if you know that losing 20 pounds fits into your long-term compelling vision of being healthy and feeling great about yourself, it becomes a bit easier.
- Be Realistic - Make sure that your ultimate goal is realistic. Maybe the reason you are facing burn-out is because you are trying to achieve the impossible. It’s important to aspire for greatness, but make sure your goal is something that can be steadily worked up to – otherwise you’re liable to throw in the towel. Make sure you’ve set reasonable timelines for yourself, and continue to evaluate your progress as you go along. There’s nothing wrong with making adjustments to “the plan”! Setting a way too aggressive goal for yourself does nothing but bring disappointment.
Give Yourself a Break – We’ve all done it: we set a goal up for ourselves that we’re so excited about, we never want to stop working on it. Give yourself a break occasionally! Taking a step back from your project or goal from time to time will help you re-energize, and you’ll feel much more refreshed when you pick it back up again.