The First and Most Important Step in Achieving Your Goals
How Many Lists do You have Scribbled on the Backs of Envelopes and Napkins?

I Always Want to Skip THIS and I'm Always Glad I Don't

Argh! 

THIS is always the step I skip. It's not fun for me so I'm reluctant to do it, and I put it off, or avoid it altogether. However, when I do make the effort and do it, I'm always really glad that I did.

What in the heck am I even talking about!?

REVIEWING your Successes!

I've mentioned before how important reviewing your progress is, especially for a recurring event like Christmas. But, just because I think that something is important, doesn't mean that I have to like it! It's like eating kale, just plug your noes and do it.

Today, I'm going to talk about reviewing your progress as you work towards your goals, big and small. Looking back and reviewing how far you've come can do wonders for your self-esteem.Wonder woman

You get the LOOK AT WHAT I DID! sense of accomplishment. Often times we almost forget what we've already done until we stumble across it some how. A photo of your cousin's newborn baby (who is now 12) wrapped in the blanket you knit for him, or a folded poster from your High School's production of the Romeo and Juliet when you played the nurse. Those female roles were really hard to come by in Shakespeare's plays! Or maybe it's looking through last year's planner and realising you have quite the knack for decorating.

If we don't look back, it's easy to forget about all the things you've accomplished. Instead you end up focusing on how much you have left to do and how far behind you are towards your current goal. Quit doing thatInstead, celebrate how far you've come, celebrate the small, even the tiny wins and successes!

In this video I decorate a spread in my Wonder Woman planner from Paper House. I've designated this planner as my place to celebrate my wins and accomplishments. After all we don't need to fell a church tower single handedly to be a wonder woman. 

Looking back at what you've done so far also shows you that you are actually making progress. Without a reference of a finished project or goal, it can be difficult to see your progress. Reviewing allows you to see how far you've come towards your goal. Take my reading goal for 2018, I want to read 52 books, one for each week. If I look at my April books so far, I'm at ZERO! I haven't finished one book yet this month! And that's because I'm currently reading the 6th book in the Outlander series, A Breath of Snow and Ashes and this thing is 1157 pages long! However, I am almost 2/3 of the way through it. That's about the same as 2 average sized books.

Trackingnot one orange square for all of April

Now, if I was to only look at the fact that I haven't finished any books in April, I may get discouraged, but if I look at how far I've come in the book and if I look at my count for January through March (19 books!), I can see that I've made great progress towards this year's reading goal. Sometimes there are parts of your progress that will just take a bit more time and effort.

All this celebration of you and your accomplishments really reves up the old self esteem and that in turn motivates you to keep going. It lights a fire under you and you end up doing better work going forward. 

Reviewing can also hit you where it hurts, it is not always sunshine and rainbows, a big part of the reason I dislike reviewing so much is that I don't like rehashing and reliving my mistake and where I've been lacking. BUT this is extremely helpful beccause you can take what you learn and apply it going forward. 

Maybe you learn that you really can't read a book a week and adjust your goal down to 26 books and come December you'll be able to celebrate a win instead of being disappointed with yourself. 

Or like me, you may realise that 10000 steps a day too much. For May, I'm going to reduce that down to 8000 so that I can celebrate that win a bit more often. Adjustments are not failures, they are setting you up for a win and the resulting motivation to keep going.

You can do some course adjustments if you review as you make your progess toward a project or a goal. If you wait until the end of the process it may be too late. By catching it early you may nip a big mistake or wrong turn in the bud.

There's an entire lesson on reviewing and adjusting as you plan out projects and goals in my Play Your Dreams class at Big Picture Classes, you can check that out here: 

Lesson 5 - The Adjustment Bureau

Let me know in the comments what wins and successes you have had recently.

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