Can you believe the first quarter of 2019 is already behind us? I think time is moving a bit faster than it used to? Is that possible?
For me, the beginning of a new quarter is like starting a brand-new year. I set new goals to that will bring me closer to my vison. Did you meet your goals this quarter? Did you even set any? Or are you like so many people who set a goal on January 1st and hope to reach it by December 31st?
Without breaking your goals down into bite sized (quarterly) pieces it’s nearly impossible to track your progress. Think of it this way, if you want to lose 20 pounds in a year that equates to 5 pounds per quarter (every 3 months) which is completely attainable and a lot easier on your psyche.
The end of each quarter is the perfect time to evaluate where you are in the process.
Brian P. Moran wrote a great book called The 12 Week Year that I think is essential for anyone who has ever set a goal for themselves whether personal, professional, or financial. It’s pretty short and sweet so you can read it in one sitting. Get it here.
Evaluating your progress toward your goals at the end of each quarter helps you REFOCUS on your Vision, your BIG picture and provides the opportunity for you to incorporate any lessons you learned in recent months.
Equally important is to RECONNECT with to the reason WHY you are striving to reach this particular goal. Is it your dream or someone else’s? Does it excite you? Are you passionate about it? Does this goal, vison or dream (give it a name) align with who you are, your core values?
If you answered YES to these questions then it’s time to RECOMMIT doing the work that will help you reach your goal.
If you're not quite sure then thisis your chance to RETHINK your Vision.
I'm not saying you should change your Vision but maybe to approach it from a different angle and come up with different solutions that feel more in alignment with who you are and what you want to achieve.
Sometimes staying the course is the best thing to do. In time many things become clear and work themselves out, especially if you are paying attention. You can always make adjustments along the way without changing the main direction.
Too often evaluating goals, especially if someone else is evaluating you and your performance , it can feel very negative and icky. I think it’s vital to your self-esteem, you drive and your desire to celebrate the success you did experience in each quarter. An inventory of sorts!
Maybe you didn't hit your sales goal but you're negotiating with a vendor that no one in your company has ever been able to talk to. Maybe you lost 4 pounds not 5. Celebrate the things that worked!
What gets tracked gets better so when you take inventory of the good stuff you have positive reinforcement that raises your morale and excites you to do even better!
Evaluating your progress every quarter will keep moving toward your Vison, not away from it, so you can reach your goals and fulfil your dreams.
And, that's the point, right?