As we find ourselves in the last trimester of the year, with “Dezemba” around the corner, a jovial month for many, but that surprisingly has a higher suicide rate and that sadly has many prone to depression, as they reflect on themselves and what they’ve achieved and contemplated their goals and aspirations for the future. Unlike the previous years, 2021 was a year where most of us either felt resolutely closer to our dreams or struggled immensely to tick off any of the items on our TO DO LISTS.
Many of us have career objectives and personal goals which are crucial for our forever evolving growth and development and as we all, during this time, routinely examine and review our goals, I couldn’t help but ask the question “How far you from reaching those goals?”
Most people tend to use the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse for failing to properly plan and action their goals, but what I have personally experienced in the almost 2 years of the lockdown and rebooting of the world as we know it, is that this time we have had the biggest shift, for not only nations but also in individuals from a personal development standpoint.
We were granted time to just sit with ourselves in our own spaces and work on emotions and things we have avoided for so many years What did you learn/ unlearn/ gain and lost within this time period? Have you managed to deal with habits that have continually slowed down your progress over the years?
And yes I agree, that sometimes impilo iRough, but it doesn’t end there. There is always a brighter day and a silver lining to every cloud. So in essence what I’m putting to you is that it is never too late. Even though you may not be where you had anticipated this year, you have certainly grown from the previous year/s. Life is somewhat an extreme sport but in the same breath life is so beautiful and precious and you owe it to yourself to live your best life.
Regardless of whether you have achieved your personal or financial goals, you owe it yourself to be gentle and patient with yourself, without neglecting the dreams you would like to see manifest. The biggest struggle for most of us is actioning our plans and dreams and yet action is a prerequisite to achieving any goal.
Nuggets from me for following your dreams and aspirations:
- It is never too late to begin, even today is the perfect day to be closer to your dreams.
- Be consistent in developing yourself and harnessing your skills.
- Ask yourself, am I doing enough to actualize my dreams? If not, what is it that I need to do to improve and get better at it?
- Most of the solutions are within you and sometimes it helps to have a soundboard. Someone you will always test your theories and ideas and get constructive criticism.
- Set a time line to executing and accomplishing goals
- You go at an elephant in bits and chunks therefore before you get to the big goal, it is okay to have small goals getting your closer to attaining that which you are working on.
- YOLO, who cares how many mistakes you would’ve done to getting it right? Go to history to gain lessons on point number 2 on consistency and realize that sometimes it is on try-out number 1001 before you crack the code and sometimes it is on the 1st count.
Teboho Lebohang Mphuthi is a woman of shapeshifting roles and talents: writer, model, entrepreneur and student of life and its mysticism. She will be writing more insights about life and business.