When Your Goals Just Aren't Working

I've known for a while. But didn't know what to do. I've been struggling with my goals. Thinking that maybe I was struggling in life and therefore I wasn't making progress. But life didn't feel too hard, it just wasn't working out how I thought. Now I know what the problem is:

My goals just aren't working.

It may simply be a new season or a change of heart. But for whatever reason, they just don't seem to fit anymore. It feels too much of a stretch to force myself to fit into the mold I've set at the beginning of the year.

I've been lingering in some guilt and shame. Thinking if I just tried harder I could make them work. But that's not a place I want to camp out. There isn't something wrong with me because my goals aren't working.

So what's there to do?

It's time to reevaluate. 

Looking over my goals for the year I can see if I've lost them in the chaos of life and just haven't looked at them in a while. Here are some questions I plan to ask:

  • Do these goals still apply in my life right now?
  • Is this where I want to put my focus in this season? 
  • Am I missing a connection somehow between my big goals and the action items I originally listed to accomplish those goals?
  • Am I losing the purpose month to month when I set my daily, weekly, and monthly goals? 

From there I can decide to shed what isn't working to make room for something new.

When thinking of changing or adding to my goals, it's time to take a moment to look around and see what is happening in my life and what matters most in the here and now.

I don't want to have goals simply to have them. I want to pursue purposeful living. I want my life to mean something. I want to feel good at the end of the day when I mark off what I accomplished and know that I am making progress on what matters most.

I'm going to take a look at my goals and see where the Lord is leading me. I'll let you know what I discover along the way.

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