Yep, you do your morning routine: wash your face, brush your teeth, comb your hair, etc. But as routinely as you do these tasks, do you check in with your plan or goals at regular intervals? It has been proven that the more observant you are about how you’re doing, the more effective you’ll become. Even if you take small baby steps, your plan is the best source of information to see how you’re doing. Checking in regularly will keep your goals top of mind. So ask yourself: How often did I stop today to reflect on the progress of my plans? Am I on track right now? Is my next task in line with my plans and my objectives for today? Do I have my plan/goal written down with the steps to reach my destination?
There is a saying that the only time you should look back is too see how far you have come. Looking in the mirror and forward provides us an opportunity to reflect on the goals and tasks before us and to not look back with regret. Goal setting tends to have two major characteristics—substance and passion.
First, substance refers to the nature of the pursuit or end goal being sought to achieve (the direction). Goal substance exerts a primarily directive influence, and it also serves to regulate the energy expended because different goals require different amounts of effort. Then, passion relates to the level of importance of the goal to a person. A person’s goal passion can also influence both the direction and level of effort. Important goals are more likely to be accepted, to bring forth commitment, and thus encourage persistent striving or steps forward.
So check in with the person in the mirror, to see where you are and where you want to be. The answer should be reflected in your actions going forward.
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