We are halfway through the Summer Queens. Can you believe it? Time really flies when you're out here conquering your goals. It's time to check in on our goals and review our progress. Last week, we discussed the pivot and how it's a change in plans. When you pivot in dancing you are performing a turn. When you pivot on your goals, you are either re-framing the goal or dropping the goal all together. This is a normal and necessary thing to do in order to remain focused and stay on track towards making our dreams a reality.
Reviewing Our Summer Goals
In preparation for this week's discussions on pivoting, last week I asked that you review your Summer Goals and break them into three categories: completed, progress, and no progress.
I did this too. Check out my progress on my Summer Goals below:
My Completed Goals
1. ii. Rework my driving schedule so that my weekend falls on Sunday and Monday instead of Saturday and Sunday by June 30, 2018.
My Goals in Progress
A. Financial Freedom
i. Review fiances and create a new budget that prioritizes tithing, saving, bills, and summer fun with my siblings in that order by June 30, 2018. *IN PROGRESS*
i. Commit to drinking half of my body weight in ounces of water for the entire summer.
Having Friends I Can Hang Out and Be Vulnerable With
C. Extend three social invitations for lunch/brunch and three for a fun activity by August 31, 2018
B. Save $40 a week outside of savings for two international trips. One Birthday trip to somewhere in North America and one trip in January to a different continent.
C. Make a point to visit: Malibu with my blood sisters on Thursday, San Diego with my little Sunday July 29th, and Vegas with my brother August 24th and 25th
Goals I've Made No Progress on
B. Physical Freedom
ii. Cut down to one 24 oz bottle of soda every forty eight hours
iii. Walk up and down the hill (I live on a steep hill) every morning this summer, with the option to walk on Sundays
Having Friends I can hang out with and be Vulnerable With
A. Continue the practice of saying yes to every social invitation
B. Reach out to three friends who no longer live in California and coordinate trips to visit them where they live now by July 31, 2018.
As you can see, I've completed one of my goals and have made progress on several of my other goals. I've reviewed each of these goals by looking at what I've done so far and what I still have left to do. I am confident that I am on track to complete each of these goals by the end of the Summer.
I hope you took a moment to celebrate the goals you've achieved and made progress in. It's always good to recognize your wins as they help motivate you to keep going.
Finally, I have four goals that I have made no progress in at all. Those are the goals we want to take a look at today.
To Pivot or Not to Pivot
Discover the WHY
Now that you've identified those goals that have gone untouched, it's time to figure out why you've ignored them. Look at each goal and say it out loud. Is there a reason why you haven't done anything for that goal? Maybe you scheduled some time to work on it and got distracted or that particular goal is better finished towards the end of the Summer. Either way, it's important to discover the why. Take time with this exercise, be honest with yourself and dig deep. The way you answer the question why will be the catalyst for whether or not you move forward with that goal.
-I didn't cut down to 1 24oz of Soda every forty eight hours because I love soda more than I feel the need to be fit.
-I didn't start walking the hill every morning because I have not made the time for it in my morning routine.
-I have said no to two social invitations because they were night time events in bars. I don't drink alcohol and the bar scene is not my cup of tea.
-I have not reached out to my friends who live outside of California to coordinate trips to visit them because I no longer think this goal is going to help me find good like minded friends.
Can the WHY be fixed?
When searching for your why, make sure to use I statements. This will keep the focus on yourself and deter you from blaming or making excuses. These are your goals. If you haven't made progress, you are the only one at fault.
Once you discover your why for each goal, determine whether or not that why can be fixed. If you scheduled time for the goal but got interrupted while working on it, you can come up with solutions to minimize distractions. If you prefer to wait until the end of August or beginning of September to work on a particular goal, than all you have to do is wait.
If the why can be fixed, brainstorm a solution for how to fix it and fix it so that you can move forward with working on those goals. For example:
I can set my alarm thirty minutes early to complete my morning hikes. There is a park at the top of the hill where I can complete my remaining morning routine tasks of reading, meditating, and praying. I'll wake up early, walk up the hill, complete my power 90 in the park, walk back home and begin the rest of my day.
If the why is not easy to fix or just can't be fixed, you most likely need to re-frame the goal or drop it all together. These are goals that can only be fixed with internal work or goals that no longer fit in your purpose. Once you identify these goals, you have identified where you need to make a pivot.
All in all, I have identified three goals that need a pivot. Do you have any goals that require a pivot? Go through each of your untouched goals now. Fix the why's that can be fixed and start making progress on those goals. On Wednesday, we will discuss how to pivot a goal.
It's a beautiful day to conquer the world. So go forth and slay!
ORIGINALLY POSTED ON AUGUST 6, 2018