By Chanda Temple
Today is July 1, 2014 – the halfway mark for the year. Are you still pursuing the goals you set on January 1 or have you given up on them? Don’t lose hope. There’s still time to go after what you want.
Kimberly Davis and Dr. TaShara Smith-King of Davis + King Consulting, a Birmingham, Ala.-based company focused on empowering women and young girls through motivational speaking engagements and conferences, have six tips to help get you back on track.
- Reconnect with your why
Visualize what you want to accomplish by the end of 2014. Do this by evaluating your goals and deciding whether they need to be revamped, refreshed or if they are good to go. Submerge your heart and mind into your goals.
Also, ask yourself what is it you are working toward and why. Your answer will help you refocus “because what you focus on is what you will be bring into existence,’’ says Kimberly.
- Remember the time
Are you setting aside time to actually go after what you want? You have to be intentional with your time in working your plan. You can’t do everything, but you can make a decision that you will start doing something.
If you want to exercise, for example, start small and build from there. You may not be able to work out 2 hours a day, but what about working out for 30 minutes? Stop telling yourself you don’t have the time, says TaShara. Just do it.
- Do a mirror check
Before you leave the house, always take a quick look in the mirror to make sure everything looks good. Everything you are looking at should be about you – internally and externally. Don’t compare your journey to anyone else’s. You are only in competition with yourself. Everyone else is running a different race. Stay focused on your path.
Unfortunately, many people measure their own success by the success of others around them. If you want to feel accomplished, you will have to stop comparing your life to others, says Kimberly.
- Recruit backseat drivers
Also known as accountability partners, these are the folks ideal for being your mentor or coach. They’ll tell you where to go and where to turn. They can also help you work your plan.
Pick someone on the same journey as you or someone who’s already achieved the goal you are working toward. They should talk positively about their journey. If you’ve selected a naysayer, it’s OK to move on to someone else, says TaShara. Take time to check in with them and ask them to check in with you.
- Run a marathon, not a sprint
When runners are in a marathon, they encounter people along the route, cheering them on as they pass. It’s like a mini celebration at every mile. When you’ve accomplished a short-term goal or milestone, be your own cheering section and celebrate.
The celebration – even if it’s getting your nails done because you’ve lost two pounds – will motivate you, says TaShara.
- Feed your soul
Remember to recharge and feed the soul while on your journey to achieving your goal. Whether that’s done in church, through meditation, through prayer or through yoga, it helps you block out the excess chatter. You stay focused on what matters.
When you take the time to feed your soul and recharge, you become relaxed and more open to new possibilities and ideas that God wants to share with you as it relates to your life. Being still allows God to speak to you and guide you.
To learn more about Davis + King Consulting, visit their website at http://www.davisandking.com.
Chanda Temple worked as a reporter for 20 years before becoming a public relations professional. She blogs about being better in business, building buzz and more athttp://www.chandatemplewrites.com. Follow her on Twitter at @chandatemple. Contact her firstname.lastname@example.org.