The most successful people are those who are organized and have their goals well planned out. In order for you to be successful, you have to be mindful of your success as well as your goals.
It’s very easy for our minds to be clouded by everything going on around us and for us to lose sight of where we started at, where we are now, and where we’re headed. People aren’t very good at keeping track of their progress naturally.
Days may get gradually better and you may be making a lot of progress but feel stuck since you’ll only really be comparing each day to the last. Instead, keep journals of how your life and career are doing overall.
Instead of journaling each day, try writing one entry a month to sum up that month. That way, you’ll have bigger gaps between milestones, but it’s still small enough to see the progress over the course of the year.
Another good thing to do is to keep track of a goals checklist. You can do this with both short and long term goals and check in on them whenever you’d like. Short term goals might be things like making sure you exercise every day, reaching out to someone in your life to nurture the relationship, applying for a job, talking to your boss about something, or anything else like that which you can do in about a day to a week.
Check in on these at the end of each day, and if you accomplished one, you can scratch it from the list. This will help keep you on track towards your more long term goals. These long term goals are things that you’ll have to take steps towards, and won’t be done all at once.
This could be anything from losing a significant amount of weight to earning a promotion at your job. Remind yourself of these goals less frequently, approximately weekly or even monthly. You’ll be able to reflect on these goals and think about whether you’ve been making steps towards achieving them or not.
You should also be keeping track of your emotions as you work towards your goals. You might get frustrated is the scale stalls – or with your coworkers or your boss at your job – and that’s perfectly natural. However, you have to learn to convert that frustration into motivation rather than just getting consumed by frustration and anger.
If you let your mind get too clouded with anger, you’ll stop performing as well, which can come with a variety of unwanted consequences that will only set you back from achieving your long term goals.