“What gets attention gets fixed,” is something one of my favorite managers used to say.
And she was right. Whenever we invest energy in a specific task or goal, we usually see a shift. (Shift happens, as they say.)
While it might not always be the shift we expect, it’s nearly impossible to not see some kind of change when we put energy into a system. That’s just science.
And if we’re willing to go to all the trouble of making a change in the first place – which is no small feat, by the way, as most of us avoid change at all cost – we might as well take the extra step and assess the outcome to see if it was worth it.
Whether you’re putting energy into a giant corporate strategy, or a personal health goal, monitoring your progress helps you see the bigger picture more clearly.
For my self-care practice yesterday, I analyzed the progress I’ve made toward my goals over the past month. By comparing this month’s data to last month’s data, and then comparing that to where I hoped I’d be by this time, it helped me understand where to make adjustments.
The truth is, our goals are just words unless we act on them. And unless we’re also willing to check in on them regularly, we’ll never know if our efforts are paying off.
It’s clear that there’s a connection between our level of excitement about our goals and the likelihood that we’ll achieve them. I’ve noticed this with many of my coaching clients over the years. When a goal sparks excitement and drive within us, we feel unstoppable – and most of the time we are. But when we feel indifferent about a goal, or perhaps even dread the thought of getting started on it, it’s a safe bet that we’ll put zero effort into it.
That’s why we it’s important to pay attention to the emotions that are tied to our goals. Most of the time, a simple revision is all it takes to shift our mindset.
The key is to create goals that are positive. For example, crafting a goal that moves you toward something you want rather than away from something you don’t want is critical. Avoidance goals–those things we hope to avoid or stop doing – invoke feelings of negativity. It forces us to grieve the loss of something that is familiar to us, or that we may even enjoy. Positive goals, on the other hand, paint a picture of something better that we want to invite into our lives or that we’re trying to create for ourselves.
How are you tracking toward your goals?