With less than five months to go until 2019, how has 2018 faired for you? At the start of 2018 you would have had plans and ideas – some have come to pass and others are still outstanding. At times we can underestimate just how long it will take to complete a project and therefore we set unrealistic timelines. Setting the goal is rather easy, putting in the work not so much so. We could also go to the extreme of setting very few goals in the hope that we achieve them but where is the challenge in that?
Life in general impacts greatly on our plans and we need to expect delays, challenges and distractions along the way. Disappointments can be disheartening and make us question whether we are on the right path or putting our energy into a project that has little hope. Disappointments can throw us off track particularly when running to tight deadlines. It is therefore important to work with an element of flexibility.
The years really do seem to go fast. I am unsure if this is due to my age as when a teenager time moved far more slowly. The five years of secondary school (high school) seemed to last forever. I wondered on occasion if they would end. Now, I constantly feel pushed for time and am forced to prioritise my load. Either this or I just drift along waiting for life to happen to me which is not recommended at all.
I tend to reflect on what I learnt even if the outcome was not as expected. Once I have something to take away I know I have grown. It can be a painful way to grow but taking something from a situation highlights it was not done/said in vain. It always helps to bring an element of consolation for me, believing almost all experiences having a learning element in them.
I have several long term goals, one of which has been lingering for some time. There is no pressure or actual deadline so I have the leeway to move the goal posts. This has had its advantages and disadvantages. It brought me time when I needed it but now I must knuckle down before the year is out. There is a time to stay still and a time to move forward and it is knowing which to do at each stage of our life that matters.
How has 2018 been for you so far?
Have you changed direction or put a goal on hold due to personal circumstances? What have you learnt?