Every now and then I have to give myself a reality check. I’ll find myself looking at others and their accomplishments and comparing and contrasting to mine. Sometimes I get so caught up that I become frustrated with myself because I haven’t done such and such or I haven’t attained xyz – then comes the reality check. I remember why I do what I do.
Planning To Succeed Begins with Succeeding to Plan
I’m a list maker. Even in this technological age – there’s a satisfaction with writing down a list, crossing items off and feeling as though I’ve accomplished something. The same goes with my short and long-term goals. I have written plan of action to help me stay focused and centered on my personal and professional goals.
This written list, also, helps me to realize what’s for me and what isn’t. While there may be things that I’d like to occur, the key question is whether they will truly help me to get to where I’d like to be.
Reality Check: Why I Do What I Do
It’s easy to get caught up in other people’s plans, goals and successes. It’s great to celebrate with them and be genuinely happy for their successes. The key is not letting their successes and goals begin to overtake what is for you. Talking with a good friend recently, I had to remind us both that the plans we were making had nothing to do with what we truly wanted to accomplish. As “fun” and, perhaps, profitable as it may have been to go forward with our original plan, doing so would have taken valuable time away from what we truly wanted to accomplish. You have to be willing to step back and evaluate.
Are you willing to lose out temporarily to gain in the long-term?