When we think about setting goals, the middle of November isn't typically on our radar.
January 1? Of course!
The beginning of the month? Yep!
Monday? For sure!
But the middle of November? Not really.
Think about it. We are on the cusp of the holiday season, and you probably won't believe me when I say this but it's a great time to implement a goal.
Here's the deal.
Sure, we might be seemingly more motivated at the beginning of the year, month, or week. However, the time frame doesn't matter.
What does matter is the goal itself and it's purpose. (If you need some ideas, check out 58 Resolutions for Anytime in the Year.)
However, the goal isn't usually the problem. The problem is three-fold: making sure the goal is specific and purposeful, the time frame is realistic, and the overall implementation happens.
For example, I decided last January (but I could have easily started it at any point of the year) that I wanted to read 25 books over a period of 12 months (specific and realistic time frame), and I wanted to do it to broaden the scope of learning through what I read (purposeful). I used Goodreads.com to track how many books I read throughout the year, and I made a commitment to read 30 minutes each day (implementation).
How am I doing? With a month and a half left, I have read 23 books. Most of them have been in the self-help genre through personal growth and development and a few have been on writing. However, I sprinkled some fiction in with young adult literature and children's literature.
"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals." - Zig Ziglar
Even though I am not quite to goal achievement, I can certainly say I've learned a few things about myself along the way.
First, by reading more I'm developing into a better writer. I have gained and improved my vocabulary, I find more topics with which I feel comfortable writing, and I've been willing to take more risks.
Second, reading some children's literature reminded me that there is an inner child in me. Part of that inner child is simply enjoying what I'm reading. Even though the plot is predictable, don't make predictions. Just take delight in it. And I did.
Third, this might be the first time I have stayed committed to a goal for an entire year (a close second was 295 straight days of guided meditation). What has made the difference is giving myself time to read each day. I don't always read books during the 30 minutes. I might be reading articles/blog posts, magazines, or online news pieces but I'm still reading.
Having an accountability piece has helped as well. By tracking each book on Goodreads, I have been able to keep an accurate count of how many books I've read. It also helps me stay on track by letting me know if I'm head or behind on my overall goal. That has motivated me to stay ahead by one or two books.
"Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor." --Brian Tracy
When we want to make changes, goals have no idea what time of the year it is and they don't care. They are just waiting for us to jump aboard and get going.
It's time for you to take control of the direction you want to go.
What's stopping you?
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.