It’s Never Too Late for a Fabulous Finish

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So far, 2015 has been an eventful year. My husband and I have enjoyed several trips including a recent a sun filled week in Mexico, finished our basement, and become grandparents! Even good things can be happy distractions – things that keep you from being as intentional as you might like to be when it comes to successfully reaching your goals.

At the beginning of this year I shared five things I must do in order for me to have a fabulous 2015. You can read more about those important “must-dos” here. In less than a week, we officially begin the second half of 2015 – it is the perfect time to evaluate my progress. How about you? How would you rate your progress?

1. Failure to launch! I set goals but did nothing further, or I never set goals.

2. Fizzling! I set goals and started out strong but things have all but come to a halt.

3. I set goals and I have been moving forward in fits and starts.

4. I set goals and I am moving forward – just slower than I had hoped.

5. Fabulous! I set goals and I am close to reaching them.

Breathe easy! No matter where you are compared to where you would like to be, it is never too late to get intentional and enjoy a fabulous finish!

Achieving your goals takes dedication and effort! A lack of progress towards your goals is a good indicator that one of the following barriers might be impeding your progress:

1. Indifference

How compelling are the goals you’ve set? Unless they really matter to you, odds are you will never reach them. Have you truly connected with the payoff at the end? Have you set goals you think you “should” reach rather than goals that have personal significance to you and that you are passionate about?

2. Your Invisible Fence

You may be enthusiastic about your goals, but they may also bump up against your invisible fence: unconscious beliefs that hold you back and keep you from embracing and walking in all that God has created you to be. As you get closer to reaching your goals, you unconsciously sabotage your progress in ways that keep you in your comfort zone rather than allowing yourself to stretch and grow. More on this in a future blog post.

3. Change in Circumstances

Life sometimes throws you a curve ball – something you could have never anticipated when you created your goals at the beginning of the year. It might be new and exciting opportunities or challenging situations. Either way, don’t get bogged down by what isn’t possible. Instead accept where life is and revise your goals.

4. Lack of Boundaries

Without a clearly defined path, it is difficult to get from where you are now to where you want to be. Life without boundaries has a tendency to expand rather than contract. A wide path encourages much wandering! Setting boundaries takes skill and allows you to keep the borders of your path narrow so that you can more easily navigate towards your goals.

Good boundaries will help you to say “no” to distractions, keep you from getting entangled in pointless and exhausting interactions with others, and allow you to keep margin in your schedule.

5. Fuzzy Values

Frustrated? Feeling too zapped of energy to pursue your goals? Those can be warning signs that your life is not in alignment with your values. Having clarity around your top five values and being committed to living out of those values will naturally keep you poised to accomplish your goals.

6. Clutter

Clutter holds you back. It cramps your creativity, costs you focus, and creates stress.

Clutter takes on many forms: an overabundance of stuff, an overcrowded calendar, or too many unresolved, unexpressed, or resurfacing negative thoughts. If you want to make powerful progress towards your goals, taking steps to eliminate clutter is essential.

7. Lone Ranger Mentality

Driven people tend to be independent solo types that resist support and accountability. However, having someone who believes in you and is willing to check in on your progress can make a significant difference when it comes to successfully accomplishing your goals. Serious about reaching your goals? Don’t go it alone.

In light of circumstances and the progress I have made so far the first half of this year, I will be revising my goals. I will also be taking steps to make sure that I am not sabotaging my progress as I nudge my upper limits. My heart is to be more and more of who God has created me to be. That’s where I will find the most favor and fulfillment. As we unpack and organize our basement I will be “Releasing” the clutter – something I have been working on all year as let my One Word guide me.

How about you? What adjustments do you need to make to accomplish your goals and have a fabulous finish in 2015?

Marvae Eikanas

Marvae Eikanas

Marvae Eikanas is an author, entrepreneur, ICF certified coach, DISC consultant, and HBDI practitioner. She helps her clients beat stress, fear, and floundering so that they can lead with courage, get results & THRIVE! Schedule a consultation with Marvae here.

4 Comments

  1. Avatar Kim on July 1, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Marvae,
    You make some very valid points about how goals can be put on the back burner. I am wading through some clutter right now so my progress is slow.

    Do you have any particular tips for work related clutter (too many irons in the fire) making it difficult to complete projects that could become products in my business?

    In the meanwhile I’ll be tackling this stack of notes!

    • Marvae Marvae on July 1, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      Hi Kim,
      Just want to be sure I understand. Is the clutter an issue of trying to do too many things so you are not able to get to the projects that would actually make you money?

  2. Avatar Kim on July 3, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Yes. I have stacks of notes for products. It seemed like a good idea when I started but then I second guess myself. I’m working on it. I have the file box ready this weekend and am tackling some of the clutter noise in my workspace.

    • Marvae Marvae on July 3, 2015 at 10:11 am

      How exciting to have so many ideas! Getting the clutter cleared from your work space is a great first step. The next thing I might do is review the ideas and prioritize them. One thing I have been doing lately to get to my “projects” is to take the project that will lead to the best outcome and devote an hour to that project at the beginning of my day – timer ticking of course. An hour might not seem like much time, but I have been surprised at how much I can get done in that amount of time when I focus. The other happy benefit is that my excitement for that project grows and it changes how I face the rest of the day. Even an hour devoted to a project every other day will get you closer to completing things that will ultimately give you a return on your investment!

      My second question for you would be… What can you let go of or delegate that you are currently doing?

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