Posted by: Rachel Cates | October 7, 2010

Getting Back in the Game

I’m baaaack!!

Hello again.  After a break from blog world I decided to address to a topic that is near and dear to my heart — How to get your head back into the game when the unexpected throws your life off course. 

Whether it’s divorce, the birth of a child, the loss of a job, or even a financial windfall, life can sometimes take you down a road that leads you away from your plans.  What is the best way to get back on track?

The first thing is to recognize that change is a part of life.  Our lives are in constant flux and the only thing we can control are our thoughts and actions, therefore, it is beneficial to develop the ability to adapt to change quickly and make adjustments to your plans that align with your new circumstances.

Are you ready to get back on track?  Sometimes, you can be too mentally or emotionally overwhelmed to focus on your goals.  For example, the death of a loved one or a divorce or break-up are major transitional periods and time should be allowed for grieving.  In these situations it is best to honor your feelings, take it slow, and do what you have the energy to do and rid yourself of any guilt if you choose not to do anything for a while.

Revise your strategy. A lot of times it’s not your goals that need to change, but the methods by which you choose to accomplish them.  This may mean giving yourself more time to accomplish a goal or acquiring new resources.

If you’ve been out of touch with your plans for a while it may seem overwhelming to jump right in.  You can ease your way back in by taking classes, reading books on the subject, and networking with other people that are doing what you want to do.

The most important step is the first one. Commit to spending at least 15 minutes a day working towards your goal.  Success is contagious!  The more you do the better you will feel and before you know it you’ll be back on track.

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