3 Things To Do When Your Goals Feel Far Away
If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a business owner. Business owners are notoriously goal-driven, hardworking and ambitious. That can make it that much harder when we feel like our goals are so far away, despite all of the hard work we’ve put in, or the momentum we feel we bring to the table everyday.
So what do we do when we feel our goals feel out-of-reach?
1. Remind Ourselves How Far We’ve Come
Despite how far away your goal may feel, we’re positive that you’ve already come so far. It may not seem like it in the moment, but if you take a step back, we’re sure you can think of an accomplishment or two that may have seemed far-fetched in the past. Light a candle, curl-up with your favorite beverage and make a list of accomplishments.
A note: It doesn’t have to be a laundry list of items that are trying to contend with the Nobel Peace Prize! An accomplishment can be this year you started walking for 30 minutes a day, or ate leafy greens in your dinner when the “you” of a year ago would have never thought to have done that.
2. Set More Stepping Stones
Maybe you’ve read about our stepping stone method, or maybe you haven’t. The gist is that we set small goals (stepping stones) that are reverse engineered from our larger goal so we can tell if we’re on-track or off-track at different times in the process. If you don’t have stepping stones for your current goal, we encourage you to create a list or diagram of those now.
If you already had stepping stones and still feel off-track, we encourage you to take a step back and create more that you can celebrate on your path to your ultimate goal. An example: If your current goal is to try to get your product into 20 stores by May of 2022, and you currently have your sights set at signing two new stores a month, perhaps your new stepping stone could be sending five emails to stores you would love to partner with to get the conversation rolling.
3. Have an Accountability Partner
We’ve found that we’re more likely to achieve goals when we report to an accountability partner throughout the “get it freaking done” process. Perhaps this is a colleague, a friend, or even your partner. The point is, when we have to report back our progress to someone, it usually creates an urge to actually put the pedal to the metal.
Tell us: What do you do when you feel off-track? And remember, one of the most important things to remember throughout this process is how important it is to give yourself grace. Life happens and we have to be proud of ourselves in each moment, remembering: we’re doing the best we can with what we have.