In order to achieve your goals, change must happen that leads you to the outcomes you desire. Rarely, if ever, does an outcome produce itself simply from writing it down or asking the universe for it. You must believe or manifest it into existence. It is through the change in your belief, that you can then shift your feelings, behaviors, and habits towards your desired outcome. But how can you ensure you are on the right path?
Change takes commitment and lots of practice. Easier said than done, right? That’s why it’s important to . . .
A. Have a plan in place that guides you towards achieving your goals. Learn more about how to create a plan by reading my post on goal setting.
B. Have a process for evaluating the effectiveness of your plan. Which is what this post is all about.
Having a plan is a step and acting is step, but evaluation is what keeps you on track and eventually leads you to realizing your desired outcomes and dreams! There is no magic date for evaluation, but you most certainly need it on the schedule without fail.
GOALS – At the very least, you should be revisiting and updating the goals themselves through your My Life Journey Goals and My Life Journey Worksheet every three months (for those of you following the My Intentional Life Journey program). As you grow with time, so will your ambitions. Make sure your goals are still in line with who you are, who you want to be, and what you desire so that you live your life to its fullest.
SPECIFIC COMMITMENTS – While reviewing the goals is one type of evaluation. Another that needs to occur is that of your specific commitments. These are the steps that are leading you to the realization of your goal. You should be in constant review of your goal’s specific commitments as due dates are spread over time, but you should also be evaluating the effectiveness of your plan on a routine basis too. How often depends on you. Is it urgent that you begin to make change? If yes, then you should probably review the effectiveness weekly or semi-weekly. If you are taking things slow and steady, maybe evaluate once a month.
In either case, what does an evaluation consists of? Remember the 5 Steps to Self Evolution? Evaluation is the process of repeating steps 1-4.
1. Self Awareness – Are you following the plan? If not, look to yourself to
understand why not.
2. Decide – Is this a positive or negative evaluation? Are you on track (positive) or
off track (negative)? What adjustments can be made to get back on track?
Positive – A positive evaluation means that you have reviewed your plan and you feel that you are on track towards attaining your goal. You may have to make some minor adjustments based on trial and error, and that’s perfectly okay. You should be completing specific commitments on or near the due date. Try not to get in the habit of changing dates frequently. Missing dates is a sign of a lack of commitment. Remember a good plan is one you can stick to!
Negative – A negative evaluation means that you are off course and little to anything is going as planned.
3. Commit – Revise goals with necessary adjustments (a must if you have a
negative evaluation). Either recommit to the plan you have or commit to
the new plan.
4. Act – Stay course with the plan you have or start following a new plan to goal
The path is not always smooth. It’s the challenge of the ups, downs, twists and turns, that grow and strengthen us, so embrace them as part of your journey. They make you who you are and what you are meant to be. 🙂
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes