The best time to start all over or work on a new goal is NOT Monday, next week, or New Year’s Day.
The best time is the minute you know you need the change.
The best time is when you have defined that new goal.
The best time is when you’ve made the decision.
The best time is NOW!
Waiting gives you too much time to get stuck in a loop. It can prolong your pity party or cause additional inaction.
It’s scientific. To paraphrase Newton: A body at rest tends to stay at rest and a body in motion tends to stay in motion.
Why I Am Rebooting Now
As I am writing this it is 7:30 am on a Thursday. Last night as I was lying in bed, I came to the conclusion that I just need to start over.
I had goals. I had a plan.
Then my life blew up. As sometimes life does.
In the last five months I’ve almost died, my husband has frequented the ER, my father-in-law had sepsis, my father died, my good friend almost died, my mother-in-law was in a car accident that will likely take 6 months for her to recover from, I was in a car accident (should be fine with a little physical therapy), and I have been helping both my daughters with their own personal crisis. 90% of this happened within the last 6 weeks.
That is a sh*tstorm of epic proportion. But I am a tough cookie and I know the only way to move forward is to just do it.
I realized I would have to rewrite the plans I had and start over again.
Putting this off till Monday would only be procrastinating and 2018 is still way off. It would be too much time for me to wallow.
I am adamant in not having New Year resolutions but I love a good overall yearly theme to keep me on course.
So…Hello 2018: The Year of the Reboot!
Yep, starting it right here and right now.
Reboot means that I just need to take my goals back to the beginning and start them as if they are new, and maybe refine them a little bit.
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How You Can Reboot
Do you really need a reboot or do you just need a new direction? Take a good look and determine what is really going on. Could it be corrected with a tweak or do you need to go to Plan B (or C or D or Z)? This is the part where you should take the time to make sure you’ve pinpointed the issue and aren’t just rushing into a different pool of chaos.
MAKE A DECISION
Once you’ve pinpointed the problem you need to make a decision about where you are going to start over. What part of your life needs a do-over? Is it every part? Your career? Your relationships? Your health? Maybe it’s just one specific goal?
WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS
Writing down your goals is important. It makes it more real. You have something concrete to work for. When you just list them in your head, it is a bit abstract and more like a wish than a goal.
Researchers have proven that those that write down their goals achieve more than those who don’t. It is a small amount of effort to accomplish what you want.
MAKE A PLAN
Make a plan to achieve those goals. You need action. You need a way to measure your success so give yourself benchmarks and due dates. You need to measure your actions and results along the way.
Make a promise to yourself to do what you need to do every day to get to where you need to be.
If you aren’t good at being true to yourself, find someone you respect to help keep you accountable. Someone who will call you out on your excuses, your justifications and any other reasons you aren’t doing what you said you would do. Check in with them on a regular basis. It will help keep you honest.
What a Reboot Can NOT Do For You
It’s always good to have a new start, a do-over, or even just a recalibration. It makes you feel hopeful that this time it is going to be better. However, there is nothing magical about it.
It will NOT make anything easier.
It will NOT make your problems go away.
It will NOT fix your attitude.
It will NOT stop any of the consequences or aftermath of your most recent Sh*tstorm.
It WILL simply give you the ability to get back onto the path that you wanted to be on in the first place.
Cheers to You!
And me! To anyone who is rebooting! To anyone who isn’t waiting for tomorrow, Monday, next week, or next year!
Cheers to facing your reality!
Cheers to taking a step back to step forward!
Cheers to knowing that the best time is NOW!
Have you ever had to do a reboot? Please share any tips you have to make it work!
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