Understanding the importance of the journey towards goals and commitments and getting ready for its obstacles.

No, I didn’t forget what I wrote on my blog reviewing my 2015 Commitments.

For 2016, I’m not going to share monthly updates on the blog. I’ll keep them for my newsletter subscribers. It’ll be a pleasure to share my accountability progress with you there. 

“So why this post then, Debbie?”

In a year, there’s much more than resolutions (or commitments as prefer to call them).

While you should make sure you keep your eyes on the goals at all times, the way you walk you Path is what defines Success.

"There are no secrets to success. It is a result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." - Colin Powell

What is the Path to Success?

By now, you have already worked together towards the definition of your goals.

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You have defined your objectives and wrote down your milestones and deadlines. Now it’s the time of implementing your plan.

It’s at this point when you start to face challenges. You meet your struggles face-to-face. And that is why the road is as important as the objective.

From making your dump list to scheduling things in your calendar is the fun part. It’s all about dreams and enthusiasm. Only by visualizing the possibilities ahead, you were already excited about the future.

While it’s all fun, balance is critical here. Acknowledging that things might sometimes be challenging helps you develop a strong “plan B”. As well as knowing there’ll always be light at the end of the tunnel, gives you strength to overcome dark days.

The Path to Success will have stable days, but may also feel like a tightrope too. Either way, you have to keep on moving.

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Building a solid Path

Because there’ll be up and downs, it’s better to play safe in your journey, it’s important to have a reliable base for stability.

Elements of a solid Path for success are:

  1. Support System
  2. Rise Mindfulness
  3. Check Progress

1. Support System

Know who is with you on your journey.

Let those close to you know you are starting something important. Inform them you might get home later because you’ll be working out or attending classes. Tell them you may cut down certain expenses to save extra money.

It’ll allow you discover whether you can count on their support.

A support system helps with:

  • encouragement
  • reminding of your reasons
  • lifting some responsibilities
  • back-up
  • giving you space to grow

If you find resistance, look for a mid-point. You don’t have to (or should) fight those important to you if you can avoid it. If they don’t get in your way, it’s already a lot.

And if you need real support, there are other places where you can find it.

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2. Rise Mindfulness

Before achieving your goals, there’s (a lot of) work to do.

Having a mood board is a great way to keep your motivation in sight. It reminds you of why started it all in the first place. If you forget about your objectives, you might give things up at first challenge and obstacle.

But unless you do the work that needs to be done now, you’ll not get there anyways.

So being in the present moment is crucial on this journey.

There are many ways in which you can hack your lifestyle for Mindfulness.

Start with small steps and grow as you feel confident. Mindfulness will give you support not only for your goals but life in general.

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3. Check Progress

Including milestones and due dates in your goal planning helps you check your progress.

Unless you know you should have X-amount of money in the bank for your trip, you’ll know you’re on the right path. Guessing brings you closer to failure than success.

It’s also an excellent opportunity to adjust your course. Do you need more room than firstly planned?

Let’s say you thought you could work out every evening, but because of work, you can only make it 3 times per week. Maybe you can still achieve your goal on time. Maybe not…

Putting excessive pressure on yourself with unrealistic goals may not be the best option. Be flexible with your planning.

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Enjoying the Journey

Being thoughtful of all the aspects of the road towards your goals will lift part of the stress off your back.

You are already going through changes, and that’s already enough pressure. Try to avoid last-minute “surprises” by following your progress closely.

Any investment you do in organization and planning will pay off at the end of the day.

Coming up

Next week I’ll be writing about a common obstacle in modern life: stress. It can not only get in the way of our objectives but also hurt our health.

If you have any specific questions you’d like to ask me about stress and health, please go to Ask.me and drop me a line. I’m also accepting anonymous inquiries. In other words, you don’t have to identify yourself if you don’t want to.

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Debbie Rodrigues is a Productivity Expert. She helps busy career women create a productive routine that fits their lifestyle. She does this through coaching, online courses and through the blog debbieinshape.com.