At times, you may regret things you have done or directions you have taken and look at them as wrong. An alternative is to see your life and career as a journey of many trails and turns. The key is to keep going. If you have a failure or make a mistake, it may be leading you somewhere positive that you did not anticipate. Or, if it sends you in a direction you do not want to go, you can course-correct and learn from the experience.
Try developing a long-term, less self-critical approach to what happens on your career path. In doing so, you maintain your momentum, self-confidence and positive point of view.
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How are things moving for you in your work and career? At times, your goals and dreams need a push – from you! Take a moment to look at the top three things you want to achieve this year. Are they on track or are they faltering?
Your “push” can take many forms – giving more of your time and attention, soliciting help from others, changing your approach or quickening your pace. Giving your goals a push, when needed, gets you where you want to be!
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How are things moving along for you in the new year? Just right? Slow? At warp speed? It helps to focus on the type and level of momentum you want to create in 2019. In doing so, you set the pace of the year and, hopefully, ensure a productive and fulfilling one.
Momentum involves many aspects of your work, including the pace at which you work, the amount of work you handle and the direction you go in. Take a moment to look at the level of momentum you created in 2018. Then, set your sights on the new year and creating a level of momentum that works well for you. Before you know it, you’ll be in your “zone” and getting to where you want to be.
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Coasting can be a good thing to do at times. Other times, it may not be. There are right times for coasting: to give yourself a breather, when demands on you are lighter or when you’re on a roll and moving forward requires less effort than usual. Coasting can be harmful, however, when you have someplace to go and are slowing yourself down, when your motivation is low or when you are lost.
The downsides of coasting when you have someplace to go are that you are not getting where you want to be, your resistance can build and you can start falling behind.
Let yourself coast when it makes sense. Otherwise, keep your momentum and focus going so that you can get where you want to be.
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Once you have identified a goal, the first significant step you can take towards achieving it is to create momentum. Without movement, your goal is dormant and very little can happen. With movement, you and your goal are energized.
How you create momentum is up to you. Some ways to create momentum are: to build accountability by telling others of your goal and by when you plan to achieve it, to develop a plan and timeline, to get the support and resources you need or to find a way to challenge and reward yourself.
Movement brings you forward. That is where achievement of your goal lies and where you need to go.
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There is something to be said for maintaining momentum. Momentum is about movement towards something. You know what your goals are for your life and managing. To reach them requires focused attention.
Pick a significant goal you have for you or your team. How much momentum exists around it? Are you going at the pace you want? Are you satisfied with your progress? How do you create momentum? Some ways I have found useful in creating momentum include: scheduling periodic check-ins to assess progress and course-correct, if I need to; scheduling specific times to work on something; identifying when I have to schedule more time and “push” to get something done; eliminating distractions; and keeping my focus on priorities
How do you keep it going?
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Sometimes focus is a challenge. One way to create more focus is to name a short-term goal and get it done. Doing this sets your focus and, when you accomplish it, you create momentum that you can build on.
What short-term goal can you establish for October and set about to getting it done? Choose something that will move your and your team’s 2014 goals forward in a significant way. You’ll find your focus sharpening before you know it.