Reading week is over and hopefully it was as productive as hoped but it is officially the end of another month and time to take stock of our progress.
Life is dynamic which means that things are constantly changing. A goal that was important at the beginning of the year may not be relevant for our lives anymore. This is the value of taking stock (to see where we are and where we need to go).
We all set S.M.A.R.T. goals to start off the year right?
These were personal and professional goals to be healthier- both physically and mentally, start new hobbies, to be successful educationally and financially and so on. Perhaps you realized that you have not been doing so well with those goals. Time to re-evaluate and start over in March? Why not?
Firstly, why did we set goals?
The point of setting goal was to achieve something we deem important so as to “sort our lives out”.
How do we go about assessing progress?
The evaluation process is as simple as asking yourself the following questions:
- Have I achieved anything that I set out to do?
Before you go about being hard on yourself for not meeting goals, it is important to congratulate yourself on what you have achieved (no matter how tiny it may seem). This builds self esteem
- Do I NEED to re-evaluate my goals or do I need to give myself more time?
Sometimes, with the way that obstacles present themselves in our lives, we just have to give ourselves more time to achieve the goals already set. So it isn’t necessarily a case where the time frame we gave ourselves was unreasonable to begin with or that we failed to meet the goal completely. If this goal is truly important, we need to give more time to get this particular task done.
For example, if you are battling a cold, it isn’t wise to overextend yourself and make it worse to do an assignment. The primary concern in that situation is your health. The same way you can ask a prof for an extension to submit the assignment is the same way you should ask yourself for an extension to achieve a goal.
- Have I given priority to the right things?
In the same vein as the comparison between what the main concern is when faced with the health over academic success issue previously mentioned, it is important to weigh existing goals. By all accounts, health should always take precedence as it is almost impossible to achieve anything without that major key to success.
With that in mind, the next step is to go through the new/existing list of goals to see if we have them in the correct order and re-arrange as necessary.
- What do I need to achieve my goals?
In cases where the list seems daunting or that we just cannot seem to achieve our goals on our own, we require support and perhaps to be held accountable by family or friends or even a program. Pete Carroll says “Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, and the greatest things can happen.”
What we need to be great might just be the right person to push in the right direction. The ‘right person’ depends on personal preference but resources to make that decision are always available.
- Can I do this? Am I going to achieve my goals?
Of course! To end your self evaluation, it is important to realign your thoughts. Give yourself a pep talk. You know best what you need to hear.
My Final thoughts
Before this upcoming month, assess where you are, realign your mind and live a life that you love.