If you’re at a dock, preparing to sail to a distant, almost invisible stretch of land on the horizon, it’d be nice to have a GPS on board.
Even though you can tell that you’re moving across the body of water, getting closer to your destination, it’s helpful to have some way to measure your progress. If you have no reference for how far you’ve gone, how far you have left to go, and whether you’re on schedule to arrive on time, you will have no motivation or direction for how you are to proceed.
Marathon runners rely on mile markers to know whether they need to speed up to catch up or slow down to reserve energy. As you work toward your goals, you must create mile markers for yourself.
What do you want to have accomplished by the end of the month? Six months? By the end of this year?
Plan to regularly measure your progress.
Set a reminder on your calendar to take yourself out for coffee every two weeks or every month. Use this time to measure your progress and to give yourself a reality check about how far you’ve come towards your goal. If you haven’t met any of your deadlines, then maybe it’s time to review how you’ve been spending your time [more on this in my next post!].
If you’ve blown past your deadlines, but you haven’t seen your family or friends in weeks, then maybe it’s time to slow down and remember that having a goal doesn’t mean you can’t have a life outside of your commitments.
Enjoy the things you accomplish this year and be proud of the work you’re putting into writing your new script.
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