- Perhaps you are looking forward to the finishing line.
- Perhaps you've been putting off thinking about it, because your goal isn't progressing how you'd like.
- Perhaps you're glad it's coming to an end.
- Perhaps you're sad that it's coming to an end.
So what IS next for you, in relation to this goal? Typically, you'll be in one of 3 possible states:
- hardly got off the starting blocks (if at all).
- making some progress, but it's been patchy.
- on track to complete everything you set out to do.
They're all valid (you'll have realised by now that we are very much in favour of positive psychology - the advantages compared to beating yourself up are enormous!).
Whichever state you're in, we've got a suggested exercise for you to create your own future - what lies beyond the new start line for you.
Hardly got off the starting blocks
Using everything you've learnt during the process, complete an honest inventory of what has stopped you. You might like to explore any limiting beliefs that may be holding you back, or address any procrastination habits that are getting in the way. Look out for more articles blogs on these topics coming soon.
Make a definite choice between drawing a line under your change and forgetting it for a while, or making a fresh start.
Either way, heave a sign of relief! It's OK to be exactly where you are, and it's even better to make a firm choice about where you're going next.
Making some progress
Make sure you have put in place whatever support you need to continue with your goal. Can you join a supporting community that might help you to keep accountable? We invite people to join in our "Make That Change in 30 Days" programme, which includes a Facebook community of others who are also pursuing personal and professional goals.
Pat yourself on the back - if you've even made a tiny step of progress, then you've done enough to have confidence that you will continue with the changes that you've begun, and you will get the outcome you're aiming for.
On track to complete everything.
Test how robust your change is, by poking fun at your old self. Say to yourself "I can't believe I used to be ... [whatever you were like before your change began]". You can also test out where you're at now by saying to yourself "I am someone who ...[describe yourself now you've achieved your goal]".
Let me give you a real example of this from a personal goal I've been working on recently:
"I can't believe I used to be someone who made excuses about exercising"
"I am someone who positively enjoys a 20 minute run 3 times a week, and who chooses the stairs, goes for walks and generally likes to move."
Make a conscious choice about what you are going to do when you cross each "start line" - Consolidate the change you've made already? Do more of the same? Tackle a new change?
The choice is yours
So make it a good one.