Your 2017 goals mattered at the beginning of the year. Do they now?
We are coming to the final quarter of the year. How do your 2017 goals look?
As you look at all that you had hoped 2017 to be, where are you? What experiences have you had? What goals have you attained? What work and life do you have left to fit into the remaining months? How are you navigating the polarity of space and rigor, structure and flexibility, space and time?
As a coach, I work with people every day to support them in the pursuit of their goals and taking action on attaining those goals. It’s good practice to revisit your goals regularly and confirm that you are on track to meet them. We have an expectation of how the year will play out, but life always has a way of hurling obstacles our way that pull us off our gravitational course.
Goals promote planning to determine how goals will be achieved. Employees often set goals in order to satisfy a need; thus, goals can be motivational and increase performance. Evaluation and control allows an organization to compare its actual performance to its goals and then make any necessary adjustments.
As the ‘event horizon’ of fall is upon us, I am thinking about what I want to accomplish in my business, and how I will make choices to be present and fully resourced for my clients.
Here are a few thoughts I’ve had that have helped guide my course correction as I head into the last season of the year, and I hope you find them useful as well:
- Compare the 2017 goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year with what you have accomplished. Understand that some goals may no longer be relevant, should something in your business have changed significantly.
- For goals that are still relevant but further out of reach than you had hoped to be by now, don’t despair! There are two months left in the year to correct your course and reach those 2017 goals.
- Create a revised action plan based on your observations. With a world that seems to be whirling around you while you stand Matrix-still, being intentional about your next move will support your intentions much better than just randomly jumping into the fray.
- Commit that action plan to a road map over the next 60 days, and assess again in early January as you prepare for 2018.
- So that you can enjoy the remainder of 2017, synchronize your personal and environmental space times by cultivating a practice of taking time to stand still and be quiet, physically and mentally.
As the winds of winter move in, see them as a reminder to check your course, realign your goals if necessary, and make it a point to enjoy landing another year. Your 2017 goals still matter, even though we’re coming to the end of fall – and the end of the year!