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Bradenton Means Business: What’s Your Goal?

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Yes, I know. This year has been…interesting to say the least. It’s hard to stay focused when you have to pivot at a moment’s notice due to constant changes. I’ve had my own share of hardships and heartbreak during this season and it can definitely rock your world. It is completely fine if you find yourself not able to accomplish your 2020 goals. 

For those of you who were knocked off track, but want to finish 2020 strong, the following is for you. I crafted a few steps to take you in the right direction.

Get them out of your head and onto paper – Goals can still be accomplished in your head, but there is something about writing them down that makes it more real. Taking the time to write down your goals shows that you are serious about achieving them. 

Make a realistic plan – “Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” This is a quote I heard after I played a Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) event in Orlando earlier this year. The organizer asked me if I wanted to stay and eat dinner and of course, I said yes. The next speaker that spoke said this quote and it has been my go-to inspiration ever since.  

I know the word “realistic” is relative to each person. Just make sure you set an attainable goal that you believe you can finish by the end of the year. Remember, 2020 has been a wacky year so choose something that could be a flexible task to complete.

Set a date – Just like a wedding, you need to set a date. If you want to see a goal come to fruition, you need to have a day in mind when you see yourself accomplishing that goal. Setting a date will hold yourself accountable. Your goal date should never change unless you have an extremely important reason. If you get in the habit of changing dates, you will continue to procrastinate on what you’ve set out to do. “Kicking the can down the road” will only delay your goals. 

“…this is your grace year. We are all experiencing some level of the unknown. Don’t sweat it.”

Hold yourself accountable – Find one person you can confide in to hold you accountable to your timelines. Not everyone needs to know your goals, but it’s important to have someone encouraging you when you feel like giving up and someone who you know will check in to see how you’re doing. 

Do not add unnecessary pressure to complete your goal – 2020 has been a strange year; one we haven’t experienced before. If your goals don’t pan out this year, make a plan to start in 2021. Life happens and sometimes we can’t control it. 

One last friendly reminder: this is your grace year. We are all experiencing some level of the unknown. Don’t sweat it. This is a time to learn about ourselves, each other and what we really want to achieve in life. Consider 2020 a year of growth and a planning stage that will thrust you into your destiny in 2021.

Stay encouraged.  

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