Focus on your Goals — Tip #1

You might not have noticed but we are just about finished with 2021.   Yep…..that was fast.  Apparently, time flies especially quickly when it is dark and cold outside and we were stuck in our homes for most of the year.

Did you set some goals for this year?  It might have been in the fog of New Year’s morning or the marathon of DIY shows over Christmas.  Or maybe you set some new goals over the Labour Day weekend. That’s a popular time too. Do you remember any of those goals?

Once you get into the flurry of everyday life, it can be hard to even remember the special things you wanted to do, let alone focus on getting them done.

I learned a neat trick from one of the great people I volunteer with (yet another reason to put up your hand and volunteer!).  I commented on her aggressive development plans for the year and she said that she learned long ago to use the B-HAG method.

Excuse me?

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Was she calling me a hag?  And if so, how did she know?  We had not known each other that long…..

No, not at all.  B-HAG stands for big, hairy, audacious goal.  She said the most important thing is to make sure you think of it every day and work to make advancements, no matter how small, every day.

She even has a B-HAG pet. (image on right)  It’s a little, furry thing that sits on her desk.  When her eyes fall on it, she is reminded about those goals.  Also, when people see it in her work area and ask her about it, she gets another opportunity to describe the things she is working on. It spurs her on even more.

She said having a physical reminder of her goals worked really well last year and so to up the ante and keep it effective, she is going to move it around her office.  A bit like Elf on a Shelf.  It will have eyes on her all the time.

In the end, it does not matter how you do it.  You just need to make sure that you have something or someone that continues to remind you why you need to do just one more thing before lunch, bed or wine.

Good luck!

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