It happens to the best of us: Obstacles appear out of seemingly nowhere, leaving us wondering how to overcome them and continue on the path to achieving our goals.
Sometimes, a difficult challenge, a life change, a family event – could derail us from a goal we have set for ourselves. Sometimes, we willingly put a hold on our dreams to attend to other things, especially when trying to balance career and family and everything piles on your shoulders.
It’s important not to beat yourself up over what did not get done or accomplished. It’s also imperative to recognize that many of the obstacles that may have prevented you from reaching your goals were out of your hands.
Do you feel like you’ve fallen behind on your goals? Don’t panic! You can still get back on track and live your best life.
Here are four important steps to take if you’ve fallen behind on your goals:
- Define Why. If there’s something you want to do, make sure you clearly understand why. How will achieving this goal make you feel? Will you be more confident? Will it fulfill you and fuel you to work harder? Will it simply make you happier? Dig deep to find the real reason that’s driving you and focus on that.
- Take Action. Go to work right away on the most important task, and work until it is completed if possible. Switching between tasks does not speed things up, it has the reverse effect. It takes much longer to task switch than it does to focus on one task at a time.
- Set Accountable Goals. Make a to-do list or a goal list and be sure to set realistic goals. Identify the end goal you want to accomplish. Make a to-do or task list of steps to take to accomplish that goal. Set timeframes for each one of those tasks and a deadline of when you would like the goal accomplished.
- Celebrate Little Wins. Taking time to celebrate each success you have — whether it be big or small — is an important part of holding yourself accountable because it helps you build momentum and stay focused. Each win builds your confidence — it reinforces your “I can do this” mentality.
Remember, the most beautiful things in life take time. You’re not going to reach your dreams overnight. You have to stay patient. You have to keep putting in the effort, even when it feels like you aren’t making any progress. Remember, just because you feel like you are stuck in the same place doesn’t mean that’s the truth. Even baby steps matter.