Shop Talk: Goals aka “You On Point, Phife?”

Adapted from Studio 351’s weekly, In the Salon Newsletter.

We are eight weeks into the new year. February is almost over! Many of us set goals at the beginning of the year during our annual, “New Year, new me,” anthem.

But, are your goals really set? Are you working on them every day? Have you accomplished any of them? Did you only set yearly goals? Or did you break them down into monthly, weekly and daily goals? Have you established some way to support your goals?

What are you doing to ensure that you actually realize your goals and stick to your desired path?

In this week’s newsletter (you can sign up for it here), we shared some tips for auditing your goals and staying on track to accomplish them. Look, it’s easy to get off track. It happens. Why? Because life happens. January 1st comes and we’re super excited to start fresh. Yet, as the weeks go by we find out some of the goals we set aren’t as close to the dreams we have for ourselves. That’s alright. But, it’s important that you find a way back to your “True North.”

So, to help you get/stay focused and stay in control of your goals, ask yourself these questions:

  • What does my life look like right now?
  • Is what I’m seeing and doing in alignment with my goals?
  • Are the steps I’m taking today pushing me towards or moving me away from my goal(s)?
  • What am I doing today, this week, this month that will show up later?

Once you do that assessment, you can better determine what adjustments you need to make to stay on track.

Here are two steps I find are most helpful:

  • Hire a coach or mentor, or find an accountability partner who isn’t scared to hurt your feelings.

A coach can help guide you on the right path. They help you tweak your game plan. The great thing is there are all types of coaches who can help you with everything from weight loss to relationships, finances to career decisions. It’s all about finding the right one for you. If you can’t afford one, find a person whom you respect and will listen to, who also will tell you the truth. Most successful people have coaches (therapists, mentors, advisors).

  • Surround yourself with people who have similar values, visions, and goals as you.

There are probably organizations and associations in your community that speak to your pursuits. Meetup is a great place to start. Facebook has a plethora of groups. A simple Google search will you give thousands of results. There are thousands of professional associations and affiliations across industries, too. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people can help accelerate your steps towards your goal(s).

Setbacks will happen. But, as long as you take stock of what’s working and what is and take the action steps necessary to get back on track, you will succeed. Each time you succeed, you build more confidence; and more confidence makes you feel more powerful and able to accomplish even more.