The smell of the grass and the crack of the bat makes it pretty clear that it’s finally baseball season. It means that it’s also the end of the first quarter of 2017. Yes, friends, there’s only 3/4 of 2017 left. Time, it seems flies faster than Billy Hamilton down the baseline. With the first quarter in the books, it’s a good time for a check-in.
How are you doing with your 2017 Goals? You know those big things we planned to accomplish all the way back in November? The goals that we’ve recommitted to every Monday in order to find some momentum? How have you done? Have you crossed 1/4 of them off of your list so far?
If not, there’s good news and bad news.
If you’ve wasted the first quarter of this year and have not yet acted on those goals, that time is gone and we can never get it back. The good news, however, is that there’s still more than plenty of time to recommit and make it happen. 3/4 of a year to be exact.
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The end of every quarter is a great time to reevaluate. It’s possible that some of the goals you’ve set aren’t that important to you anymore. Maybe you’re closer than you thought and one one good week of effort could push you over the edge. We won’t know until we look and measure.
Take a long look at your goals list. Do they all still fit? How far away are you? Three years ago, my number one goal was to be the World Champion of Public Speaking. I was knocked out of the tournament at the end of March. As badly as I wanted it, that goal had to be eliminated from the list. I was out. There might be goals on your list that no matter what you do you can’t make it happen. Scratch it off and move on. Now is the time to evaluate.
The goals left on your list that still matter probably require a new plan. If it hasn’t happened yet, or if you haven’t seen significant progress, three months in is the time to regroup and put a new plan together.
I am a big believe in effort goals. Sometimes I can’t control the outcomes, but one thing that I can always control is effort. One of my big goals for 2017 has been to get as lean as I was in 2015. Knowing that there were a lot of variables to this, I had a series of effort goals from how often I got to the gym and how often I logged m food. I have been frustrated by my lack of progress, now was the time to take a long look at my action plan. I’ve regrouped and changed my plan. Have you?
Are there goals on your list that you haven’t given your best effort towards? Now is the time to recommit to achieving those goals. With 3/4 of the year left, it can still be done but it will take commitment.
I have had the goal since November to start a private Facebook group for those in the Slash/Economy. It wouldn’t be hard or time-consuming but a lack of commitment has kept me from following through. I’m recommitting today to have this created by the end of April.
The smell of the grass and the crack of the bat meant that baseball is back. When we reevaluate, regroup and recommit, we’ll be back too. Back to crushing our goals for 2017.