Over the last few weeks, I’ve been preparing to hit the ground running in 2016. Like most people, I’ve been reflecting, making goals, considering how I can pursue simplicity, efficiency and productivity. And honestly, I’m pretty excited about what’s ahead in 2016!
Goal setting is the hot thing to do this time of year and you can find advice on this topic everywhere you turn. I do see a lot of value in reflecting on where you’re at and setting new goals. I believe in the old adage, “if you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there?”
All of this thinking about goals and productivity makes me feel awesome about myself! And I hope and plan to keep on target. But let’s be honest…I tend to be somewhat “spurt-y” in pretty much all of my pursuits. So guess how upset I’ll be if in a few weeks or months if I notice that I’ve let up on my goals? Zero Percent! And I’ll tell you why…
My theory is: life is a marathon, not a sprint! The important part is to keep heading towards the finish line…pacing is not the tell-tale sign of success. Some people run the whole way through the marathon. Those people are called “superheroes.” 🙂 But if you’re like me, sometimes I run and other times I get caught up in other things and realize I’m only walking towards the finish line. At those moments when I realize I’ve let my pace slip, I just figure out where I am in relation to my goal, why I’ve slowed down (there may be a good reason that rest is necessary) and then I get back to it! No guilt. Just start back running again. Any moment is a good time to kick it back in gear!
So remember with me as 2016 gets rolling: As long as you keep on the race route, you’re doing great!
Don’t let the guilt of missed goals or regrets keep you from enjoying the race. Set up a counseling appointment to talk if you need help shaking the negativity off in 2016! The best is yet to come.