Every week I assess my productivity for the week and the growth I have achieved. Stalling is usually one of my biggest worries. We live in a world where change is the only constant that we cannot avoid. It follows us in every decision we make or action we take since the decisions lead to the action steps which bring about effects. The law of cause and effect is always at play.
Along the journey, I discovered the importance of goals. They are our compass in life. We can live without them, but that means we should always brace for disappointments and delays. Imagine going to a new place without preparation for the journey from the minutest details. Such as how far or the weather condition to expect. Without such information, one would not know the approximate travel time or amount to set aside for the journey, which will probably lead to disappointments. Having a goal is having a plan.
“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.”Bill Copeland
In life, we can have long term goals and short term goals. Long term goals are the pre-determined endpoints or final desired achievement. To get to this, it is important to have mini-goals. They allow for small progressive steps. Reducing pressure and keeping stalling at bay. It becomes easier to track your growth. From daily to weekly progress. In time, all these small steps lead to the attainment of your final goal. This past article gets into the details of goal setting.
“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” —Pablo Picasso
So anytime you feel like you are stalling, but have a plan or idea, know you are not stalling. If you have improved a process in your business, quality time through your network or family, a step forward in your hobbies, canceled out just a few items in your micro-goals know that you have not stalled. However, if you are looking for reasons to justify why you are not making progress then probably you may be stalling.
“Fear is an idea-crippling, experience-crushing, success-stalling inhibitor inflicted only by yourself”
Always know that there is never a better time to begin anything than now. Remove doubts and fears from your way. When in doubt, choose change. I discovered repeating patterns in my life before I realized that I had procrastination issues. Clarifying goals is a step towards growth. As Zig Zagla quoted, a goal properly set is halfway reached. We are often the blocks to our growth, and when we realize this, we get out of our way and grow. We dislike changes that are beyond our control, but when we focus on achieving the desired changes and become the cause, not just the effects. We then overcome stalling.
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”Alan Watts