I was speaking to a friend on the phone last night. We were catching up and talking about seasons in life and goals we want to reach. At one point, she paused and she asked me a very pointed question:
“How do you stay encouraged and keep your eyes on the prize every day?”
I immediately said it’s a daily process for me. Some days I’m good and other days, I fall off the wagon. But ultimately I try to stay focused on forward motion.
I said to her that any type of forward motion towards my goal – whether I’m running, walking, crawling, or rolling towards it – is better than standing still or moving backward.
To which she started howling with laughter!
Even though I was being a little funny, I was quite serious in my point. Stagnation and going backward isn’t acceptable; the only movement allowed is forward.
I told my friend that I have to remind myself that goals are not accomplished all at once and the things I want to see and have don’t just fall into my lap all of a sudden. I have to chip away at my goals daily.
I have a lot of demands on my time and attention so I try to ask myself, “What is the most important goal that I want to accomplish?” Then I make sure I take some type of action, no matter how tiny, towards it. I get super frustrated with myself when months (or years) have passed and the thing I’ve been talking about achieving hasn’t been obtained. I get pissed off at myself for wasting time. So the only way to overcome that is with daily action. If I can complete one activity a day that chips away at my biggest goal, no matter how small, it is way better than no action at all.
I get super frustrated with myself when months (or years) have passed and the thing I’ve been talking about achieving hasn’t been obtained. I get pissed because I wasted time. So the only way to overcome that is with daily action. If I can complete one activity a day that chips away at the goals that mean the most to me, no matter how small, it is way better than taking no action at all.
When I am consistent in that effort, I feel like I’m accomplishing something, even if I don’t have the full manifestation of my goal yet. I know that if I keep it up, the cumulative results of my daily action will be the goal I want to achieve so it keeps me motivated to stay on track. Then my mindset shifts and I get “in the zone,” so to speak. Action has a tendency to beget more action so when I feel a sense of accomplishment for even the smallest action, I want to do more.
Now it isn’t all sunshine and daisies. Sometimes, something occurs and I get emotional about it and I get off track because I feel discouraged. I break my momentum and get into a stagnation or regressive pattern. But what pulls me out of my funk is remembering my goals and how accomplished I felt when I was on track with my forward motion. That usually gets me back on course.
I know staying focused on accomplishing your goals is something we all struggle with so I thought I’d share with you what I told my friend in hopes you find it helpful. What do you do to stay on course with your goals? Share with me in the comments.
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