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Success! Or, not so much?

We've reached the end of the first week of 2024. Let's be real. Some of us are still going strong with our plans, while others (me included) may have encountered some setbacks. If you find yourself in the latter category, it's perfectly okay. Life just happens. Now is a perfect time to reflect on your goals, the motivations behind them, and any obstacles you've faced this week. Often, setbacks occur when our plans lack clarity or fail to align with our core values.

Define Your Core Values

To begin, identify your core values. These are the fundamental beliefs that guide your decisions and actions.

List Your Goals

Next, list your goals. Be specific about what you want to achieve.

Determine the Why and the Reward

For each goal, determine why it's important to you and what the ultimate reward will be. Understanding the significance of your goals enhances discipline.

Align Goals with Core Values

Evaluate whether your goals align with your core values. Ensure that you're pursuing goals for yourself and not influenced by external pressures.

Prioritize Goals

List your goals in order of importance, difficulty, and time sensitivity. Starting with smaller, manageable goals sets you up for success.

Anticipate Obstacles

Consider potential obstacles and devise strategies to overcome them. Being proactive prepares you to face challenges head-on.

Clarify Plans and Stay Disciplined

Be clear in your plans and find ways to remind yourself why these goals matter. Visualization and regular reminders can help you stay focused and disciplined. Remember, motivation is emotion based. It's easier to stay disciplined when you are clear in your goals and the purpose behind your goals.

Find an Accountability Partner

Consider finding an accountability partner—someone who can offer support, encouragement, and help keep you on track.

Remember, you've got this, and it's okay to start over as many times as needed. Time is not strictly linear; it's cyclical. It's ok to be upset and experience the diverse emotions that come with perceived "failure." However, each perceived "failure" serves as an opportunity for growth, learning, and making necessary adjustments. Embrace the journey and believe in your ability to overcome challenges. Here's to another year of thriving in deserts.

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