Are You On Track to Meet Your Goals?
We often hear ‘stay on track with your goal’ or ‘Don’t stray from your goal’ but how do you discern whether you’re on track or not?
Here’s 2 quick steps to help you out.
Step 1: Understand Your Values.
Your values are what determine the direction or goal.
What’s most important to you in life? Family? Love? Honesty? Authenticity? Health? Peace? Giving? Faith? Growth? Responsibility? Loyalty? Trust? Expressiveness? Freedom? Reliability? Teamwork? Financial Independence? Grace? Gratitude? Fun? Happiness? Balance? Harmony? Curiosity? Integrity? Self Awareness? Joy? Mindfulness? Openness? Patience? Respect? Spirituality? Timeliness? Tradition? etc…
In some aspects of your life your values may change but having a few values that are constant throughout is key to success. For example when I’m about to give a speech my constant values are Authenticity, growth and being the change I want to see but for the speech I’ll add in Calmness and Trust. For business it’s still Authenticity but I’ll check to make sure I’m following my Passion, Trusting and taking Responsibility. You probably have quite a few values that are important but pick a few that mean the most to you.
Think of your values as your own built-in GPS system. When you’re feeling stuck or you have a decision to make check in with what’s most important to you. “Am I following my values here?” If not make a correction. Knowing your values brings clarity and focus for any situation.
Step 2: Discern Where You’re Facing.
Feelings are the gauge for discerning whether you’re still heading in the right direction of your finish line. When life is flowing and you’re happy you’re living congruent to your values and you’re on track. When you’re feeling stuck, frustrated or lost you’re off the path and you’ve forgotten your values. Check in with your GPS to find the path again.
When I’m struggling with work saying “it’s so difficult” I stop and re evaluate, “what am I feeling and what are my values here?” Am I being authentic? No I’m doubting myself but pretending it’s okay. I’m feeling a lack and instead of focusing on my Value of Giving and what I have I’m focusing on the money. That’s why I’m struggling. So I remember my passion… take responsibility for my experience and remind myself that I’m learning to run my own business, it’s okay to not know everything. Back on track.
“Values dictate your finish line and feelings show where you’re heading”