February is Groundhog Month. Feeling stuck? You might be feeling like you’re not making progress on your goals. It’s natural to want to stick your head in the ground and let the voices of discouragement and frustration keep you there. Instead of letting negative patterns take you further away from your goals, try these tips:
- Look back on this month to really examine your capacity and your patterns. Are you trying to work at 100% capacity all the time? This month, try working at 85% capacity with 100% focus. This will help you stop the sprint/crash cycle that seems to be a natural part of the creative life.
- Maybe it’s demotivation you’re struggling with. Most responses to it involve frustration, anxiety, and discouragement because we get down on ourselves for “not trying hard enough.” By identifying your particular type of demotivation, you can get back on your feet, form a strategy, and continue on your path of action. Here’s How to Recover from 10 Types of Demotivation.
- Don’t give up on your resolutions — just let go of the perfectionism you have surrounding them. “Good enough and done” beats “perfect and pending.” Refocus the goals you have for this quarter so you can finish it strong instead of “behind.” That sense of accomplishment you feel from working within your capacity and reshaping negative patterns will help you enter Q2 with confidence. Remember: Progress Trumps Perfection.
- Lastly, try setting simple, meaningful, actionable, realistic, and trackable (aka SMART) goals. Here’s How to Set SMART Goals.
If it’s a swift kick you need, there’s the Monthly Momentum Call on Monday, February 8th, at 2pm PST. Consider me your professional accountability partner.
Give the free February planners a shot, and be ready for whatever the groundhog has in store for you.