We set goals for ourselves, and the headstrong will do whatever it takes to accomplish those goals. While it is important that we don’t lose focus on what is important, we must also realize that what’s important now might not be tomorrow.
That goal seemed like a great idea at the time. It seemed like it was the best thing for me. For 26 days, I checked off that I’d stuck to the goal. I learned that the sweet spot for turning an action into a second nature habit was 66 days. Why then, after 26 days, did I give up?
Marking off accomplishments can provide us with the will to continue. It can give us something to strive for. Our time is very valuable and we must realize this. To continue on with something that won’t provide a great enough result is pointless. To continue to do something just because we always have makes little sense. For these reasons, I analyzed this particular objective and decided to throw it away.
Maybe later it will be important enough to start over. Perhaps, it’ll never be so important again. In any event, we shouldn’t, and for the sake of our time and sanity, can’t be afraid to evaluate the things that we are working towards.
Make time for your goals, but also make time to plan your goals.
A recent read has taught me to focus on ONE Thing at a time. Sure, the premise seems simple and makes us want to say, “Duh!” But count the times in a day where we try to do too much.
So, as often as I can, I’ll block out 4 hours a day to focus on ONE thing. Once a week I’ll take the time to reevaluate my objectives and goals. Sometimes, in the moment, I’ll realize that what I’m working towards is not important enough to continue. That thing no longer deserves my attention. Don’t be afraid to say the same.