A year ago our goal was to buy some land or a house in a town near my hometown. Our other goal was to pay down debt and finish our basement. It’s a year later and so much has changed that we need to readjust. Do you readjust your long term goals list?
Creating goals is great. They help us focus on what we want and help us achieve our dreams. While this is great, we also have to periodically look at our long term goals list and readjust it as necessary.
Say you are planning on adopting a child or two from foster care and you spend a lot of time going through profiles and, hopefully, attending adoption staffings. Your goal is to adopt a child, or two. You have a three bedroom house and you work from home in a small town with an excellent school system. Your family lives an hour and twenty minutes away but your adoption specialist has assured you there are lots of resources and support available in your town.
Then you get a phone call on a Friday asking if you’d be willing to foster three kids, six years old and under that will be available for adoption in a few months, but you have to make a decision in twenty minutes and if you decide to, you have to pick them up in another town on Monday.
A LOT of goals get readjusted when this happens! Believe me! Not that we didn’t love that we were able to adopt our kids but we had to take all of our goals for the future, scrap them, and make new ones.
We had to do it again when my husband was fired last September.
We’re doing it right now as the house we are building is taking longer than we thought to get done.
How many times have you made a plan then had to change it? It happens all the time! It doesn’t have to be a bad thing though. In fact, it can bring more focus and simplicity to your goals and dreams.
Readjust Your Long Term Goals List
Are your goals still long term?
Our long-term goal was to purchase a piece of property and slowly move our family nearer to my hometown. When my husband lost his job that quickly became a short-term goal. Hopefully, your goals don’t change because of the same situation but it is still important to check in on your goals and see which ones you need to be working harder on or which ones are getting close to needing to be accomplished.
Do you even want these goals any longer?
Really look at your goals. Are they what you still want? Do they fit the life you want? Maybe six months ago you wanted a six-figure income and a big house but in the meantime you’ve realized that charging towards that life has left you sick and tired. Maybe now you want something simpler. Did you want to visit your friend in Paris next year but she had a quickie marriage and moved? Our goals change as we age and our lives change and that’s okay.
Do you need to alter the goal of your goals?
One of our goals was to finish our basement but once we realized we were moving, that goal had to be altered. We were in the middle of building a basement with custom built-ins. We went from designing the basement of our dreams to just trying to do the minimum to get the house sold. Do you need to alter anything on your long term goals list? Were you going to attend the University full time but decided you’d rather take classes part time? Sometimes our goals don’t need to be erased, they just need tweaked.
Are you taking the steps necessary to reach your goals?
Are you really? Can you list the progress you have made on each of your goals or are they just words on a piece of paper? If you aren’t seeing any progress but you want to keep your goal then you need to ask yourself why you aren’t reaching your goals. Is it too big and overwhelming? Then take that big goal and break it into smaller goals. No one hikes Mount Kilimanjaro their first time out, they complete a lot of smaller hikes first. Do you not know where to start? Do some research or ask an expert how you can go about reaching your goal. Want a college degree but don’t know where to start or if it’s even possible for you? Call an admissions counselor and ask some questions. Know what you want but you’re just being lazy? Then make a list of the steps you need to reach your goal and make a pact to check off a step a week or a step a month.