There is always that lag time between the effort you put into something and the desired result coming to fruition.
And if it’s a big project or something that you’re leaping for, such as a big dream, the lag time can be pretty long. So how do you know whether you should keep going or change course?
Here are three questions to ask yourself to determine whether or not you’re on the right track.
1) “If I keep taking this action, is it in alignment with my end goal?”
If it is, keep going. And most importantly, change your focus from waiting for the end result to happen to bringing amazing energy and emphasis to the actions you are taking each day. For example, change your focus from “The end result hasn’t happened yet” to “I’m taking amazing actions each day and bringing powerful energy to each action I take.” By doing this and changing what you’re focusing on, you will feel good, accomplished and on course while you are working toward the achievement of the goal.
2) “Is there an easier, faster or more efficient way to achieve this end result?”
For example, you may want to explore if other people in your same field or profession are accomplishing your desired result in a different or quicker way. And then either add that new way to the mix or replace what isn’t working with this new course of action.
3) “Is the action I’m taking or what I’m doing giving me energy in some way?” OR “Is there some reason to take this action other than just for the sake of accomplishing my long term goal?”
If there is, keep going. It may be helping you develop a part of who you are that makes it important for you to keep doing it for just that reason.
For example, if your long term goal is to create a huge audience and get your product in front of millions of people, going to a networking event where there are 10 people, may not seem aligned with your desired result. However, when you go to this specific networking event, you leave there feeling full of energy, alive and re-connected to yourself. Even though it’s not directly getting you where you want to go, it’s contributing to your overall energy. So, it would be something you would still want to continue doing for that reason alone.
There are many different benefits to the actions we take and sometimes we may lose sight of why it’s important to continue doing something even when it may not be directly getting us to the completion of our long-term goal.
Here are a few reasons to continue taking the action even if it’s not directly getting us to our end result:
- To develop a certain skill
- Enhance a part of our character or personality
- Build relationships with other people
- Learn different ways of doing things
- Be in the energy of amazing people OR
- Because it just feels good to us
Before you completely remove something that you truly enjoy from your life, take some time to determine if there is a beneficial reason to continue it. And realize, that not everything in our life has to be about achieving goals. By allowing ourselves to look at every action we take and find something beneficial in it, we are making the journey to our desired result much more joyful.