Get Back On Track With Your Goal Setting
When it comes to business, we understand that not everything goes to plan. Things go awry, you have a bad day or even a bad week, and it can be hard to find the motivation and focus to get back on track. Try not to be so hard on yourself when this happens. Be kind, give yourself the time to think things over and reassess your goals, direction and mission. Then when you feel ready, take a deep breath – it’s time to hit the ground running.
There is no time like the present
Instead of waiting until tomorrow or next week to refocus, do it now. You can attempt it on a Wednesday or a Friday; there is absolutely no need to wait until Monday morning to begin. Do something, anything, no matter how small, to reassert what control you have. Try to avoid the need to procrastinate. Pick a goal and initiate change. In time, the confidence will return, and you will wonder why it seemed such a struggle.
Be specific in your goals
If you don’t know where you are going, then it can be hard to pinpoint a goal or plot a course. Be very precise about the direction you wish to go in, and don’t just busy yourself for busy-ness sakes. If you have a plan in mind, or even better, written down on paper, then you have more chance of being successful in your aims. Be as specific as possible. Duck those time-wasting exercises which forever seem to be intent on providing you with a distraction away from work and get to it.
Ask for help
Everyone needs help at some time or another. Whether it is for moral support, accountability or you require someone to give you feedback or help with a task, don’t go it alone. Having the aid of someone by your side can make everything a lot easier to bear if you hit a rough patch in the future. Even if it is only to bounce ideas off or seek advice, two brains are always better than one.
Know why it is important
If you know why your goals are important, then it is quicker to get back on the horse after a speed bump or two. Understanding the importance of your current goal (or any goal) in the larger scheme of things will make you more determined to do the hard work to achieve it. You have obviously worked hard to get to where you are today, so don’t let yourself down by bailing at the first sign of a crisis.
Realise the value in failing
Much can be learned by dropping the ball or losing focus, and it should inspire you to do things better the second time around. As life throws its little (and big) curveballs your way, you will begin to understand just how strong and resilient you are. It is all experience, and you may be able to foresee an issue before it happens the next time around. Success is what you make it, so go out there and find it.