Midweek Motivation: Setting and Reaching Goals

Two things inspire this week’s motivation: short weeks and personal reflection.

Since this was a holiday week (thanks el presidentes), it’s a shorter workweek. But, short workweeks seem to go on a MILLION times longer than the normal five day ones. They tend to jack with my entire routine and set me all off balance. The other event that occurred this week is the beginning of the Lenten season for practicing Catholics. (Don’t worry. I’m not going to get into a religion discussion with you.)

I do consider myself a Catholic, but I’m not as “practicing” as I used to be. I think as we all get older we start looking into the things that we grew up believing and start questioning them. As I’ve learned about different cultures and ways of thinking, my own personal beliefs have evolved and altered a ton. However, the good ‘ol Catholic upbringing and guilt are still ingrained in me like a painful hangnail. So, I participate in a lot of the traditions, and do so willingly.

For those of you who don’t know, Lent is usually a time for participants to “give something up” in order to understand the struggles of sacrifice. (There’s more to it than that, but there’s the Reader’s Digest version.) A lot of times this gets translated into people giving up favorite food items or visiting social media sites. I’m not sure that’s what they had in mind back in the day, but whatever works I guess. Anyway, I’ve personally always liked to take this time to really reflect on where I’m at in life, where I want to be, and what is sort of holding me back. You know, the whole “spring is a time of re-birth” thing. After some reflecting, I’ve decided that this year I’m going to try to “give up” or put an end to my habit of making excuses for at least 40 days.

There are a lot of things I want to accomplish in life, professionally and personally, and I am the QUEEN at making excuses for myself and other people. I can literally talk myself into believing ANYTHING. But, there comes a time when the excuses aren’t working anymore and the struggle is still too real. Lately, I’ve noticed that a lot of the things that have been currently holding me back have actually been holding me back for a while now. I think this is a great time to start knocking down these walls and figure out how to move on to the next steps.

In terms of writing, sometimes it’s really difficult to digest how to get through the process. So, when I saw this little gem while procrastinating digging around on Pinterest, I thought it was sort of helpful. It may be second nature to a lot of you, but it’s a helpful breakdown for me.

writing-goal-pyramid

 

I hope this helps some of you look at your goals one step at a time, too. And remember, the weekend is so near!

 

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