So what happens when you gave your goals your best shot but nothing much has changed? I personally have been going through a period of stagnation and have learned how to deal with it from a healthy perspective.
Last year I did everything possible to advance The Connect with Your Calling Project. I was able to help a few people get connections to advance their careers and I’m grateful that some are making progress. With one client in particular we went through the casting process for 2 national TV shows and almost got selected both times but then towards the end we were cut. Needless to say this was an emotionally draining process and very disappointing.
We haven’t given up and decided to keep moving forward but we’ve learned some valuable lessons along the way. I’ve made a conscious decision that I’m not going to let my happiness be dependent on whether or not we achieve our goal. I’ll be thrilled to help my client get her product on national TV but the outcome is not under my control. I’ve decided to be content regardless of the outcome to maintain my peace and happiness.
Going after your dreams is a bruising process so here are a few suggestions that came from an article written by Bishop Joseph W. Walker III.
- Find contentment. When you know you’ve done your best and given your all, you can live with no regrets.
- Begin with the end in mind. Visualize where you want to be this time next year and come up with a strategy with small measurable steps.
- Set realistic goals. Don’t overdo it. Recognize that you are only one person and it’s better to do a few things well than do many things horribly.
- Be intentional about prioritizing. Failure to do so may lead to unnecessary compromises that may set you back.