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Wow!! We are already half way through 2016. To think, just 6 months ago, many of us made New Year’s Resolutions, committing ourselves to some sort of improvement in our lives. Fast-forward to the present. Where do you stand with your goal or resolution? Were you able to stick with it? If so, I congratulate you on your dedication and persistence. On the flip side, however, is the cold reality that many of us have abandoned our resolutions. And know what? That’s ok.…….you are still on the path to accomplishing your goal! I want to encourage you to regroup and refocus. Remember, success is a process and not an event. In many cases, the process involves some stumbles, whether it is failure or losing focus. If you slipped up, the past is the past; it is what it is. Learn from it and apply it to the future. You can get back on track. It’s all good.
You are instructed to travel to New York City from your present location. What different modes of transportation can you use to get there? You could fly by airplane, drive a car, or ride a train or bus. You may use a combination of those forms of transportation. The amount of time and directions will likely be different for each form of transportation, yet, the bottom line is you can get to NYC.
This same principle applies to our lives. We all share the same destination: a desire to have success at something. It may be related to family, finances, relationships, etc. Even though we share the same destination (success), the path to reach that destination may be filled with delays, detours, and construction when compared to others who are traveling to the same destination. The great thing is, despite those obstacles, we can all reach the same destination. You have what you need to get there!
The challenge of timing. If you are waiting for the perfect time to start your goal, it probably will never happen. Don’t get me wrong, timing is important; but finding the perfect time is rare. There is always going to be a challenge whenever you start; it is likely the reason you have the goal in the first place! The key is to get started and make progress. Starting off with a bang is not as important as making consistent progress. As you make progress, you can always add to what you are doing to reach your goal. Stay encouraged and don’t give up! You may need to put your goal or dream on pause, but you don’t have to abandon it. One thing I know for sure: if you quit, you definitely won’t reach your goal. You’re on the clock!
We are all aware of the ease of making a goal compared to the challenge of actually sticking with it. Our goals should focus more on our process or progress toward a goal as opposed to the goal itself. Notice that I say progress. Progress indicates positive, consistent actions toward an expectation or goal. We have a much greater likelihood of sticking with our goals if we are focused more on the consistent actions to reach a goal. Consistency in our actions leads to growing confidence, which strengthens our resolve in progressing toward our goals. To be successful, we must consistently make progress. Success doesn’t happen overnight; it takes time. Achieving success is a process and not an event!
Change is such a weird concept. It is probably one of the most difficult things to do, yet it can be easy once we make up our minds to do it. Most of us have probably heard someone say, “Boy, I used to __________, but got tired of getting caught up, in trouble, etc.; I decided to change and never looked back.” Wow, when people truly commit themselves to change, it seems to happen so easily. Granted, the process of change is not always comfortable, but being committed can somewhat ease the transition. One of my favorite motivational speakers, Les Brown, talks of “reinventing” yourself. To some, this may suggest that he is saying to forget where you came from. That is far from the truth. He is essentially talking about change. We must do things differently, such as changing habits, improving health, embracing a philosophy/spirituality, etc. Your life is like chapters in a book. It may take several chapters to get to the climax of your story. Reinventing yourself is the beginning of a new chapter and puts you one chapter closer toward the climax of your story!