Holy Crap! It Is Almost Christmas…

cartoon by @gapingvoid

cartoon by @gapingvoid

OK, so maybe it is not almost Christmas, but when in the hell did March suddenly pop up right around the corner?

It made me quickly realize I am a wee bit behind with some of my goals, projects, marathon training, etc. But the sudden and brutal realization about where we are on the calendar made me step back for a few minutes, take a snapshot of where things are, and reassess where to go next. It was a good wake-up call.

And actually, that’s a good thing.

Although apparently it was two months ago, it feels like only yesterday that I published this post, where I laid out my 2010 goals. I have made some progress on these, keyword on “some.”

But as I was doing this, I was thinking about this tendency we all have to only check progress at very well-defined points in time – the top of the hour, the close of each week, the end of each month.

Why do we do this? Why do we only make resolutions around January 1st? Sure, there is a sense of order around doing these tasks on well-defined points in time. But why do we do that to ourselves?

This recalls one of my favorite quotes, “Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.”  [from the film Vanilla Sky.]

This quote speaks to me. It is profound in that it reminds me that you can make, affect, enforce, and do change – whenever you want to. You don’t have to wait for society-selected times.

As for my 2010 goals, I am not panicked. Yet. I am making progress, and new ideas and new projects have presented themselves since I wrote my goals post. I am not making excuses, I am stating fact. Life happens. Which is all the more reason to keep focused on your goals. And at any given moment, use the inspiration to make the adjustments/changes you need to get back on track.

Sure, the advice we receive to write down goals, and check on their progress at regular intervals is good advice. But you will get distracted. You will get off track. Just don’t decide to wait until March 1st to figure out how to get back on track. DECIDE and take action now.

Be Intrepid. When you want to make change happen, do it.

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  • http://ypsgroup.com/ Todd Youngblood

    Mr. Quotation Collector here: “The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”
    - Michelangelo

    If you’re NOT falling a bit behind, you’re not very ambitious!

  • Todd Schnick

    Thanks Todd. A true classic. Gotta love the fact that the reason I am behind on my goals is only due to new ideas and projects. Gotta keep pushing the envelope, as you know… Thanks for stopping by!

  • http://www.projectauthenticity.com Robyn Cobb

    Love that your allow some of your goals to be fluid, I’m trying that myself some days are tougher than others. But when new opportunities present themselves you have to pursue them in my opinion. Oh and thanks for the reminder that it’s March I can feel myself moving into a mild panic!

  • Todd Schnick

    Sorry to put you into a mild panic. But yes, as you know, it is critical that you be flexible because you never know what new opportunities will present themselves when you least expect it.

    A plan is like a road map. If you know where you want to go, it is easy to map out a new course if you happen upon a detour…