The road between year five and year 10 is a long one. Your goal during this time is to NOT lose steam. The idea behind a 10 year plan is to focus on your long game. By year five, you are half way through the plan. If you don’t have a system in place to stay on course, you will be in serious risk of allowing life to blow you around. Sure, things happen. Things change. That is exactly why having a plan in place is important. Plans change. I know I’ve changed my mind on various things numerous times and that’s natural. Reassessing is an extremely important part of your 10 year plan. Do your goals still make sense? Did you underestimate your abilities?
Acceptance vs. Giving Up
What happens when you get off course? I’m confident in saying most of us know life isn’t perfect. We make plans and sometimes they work and other times they don’t. When this happens it’s important to know how to accept it. Don’t be hard on yourself. Instead, examine how this happened. Find the why. Perhaps, the goal you initially set was influenced by someone else and wasn’t something you really wanted to do. Or maybe you tried something new and realized it’s not your cup of tea. If you can identify the why, you’ll be able to decipher if you should accept it or if you are giving up on your goals.
There is a difference in being taken off course because of negative associations you’ve built around your goals or plan. Negative self-talk is a powerful beast. It’s poison has a way of leaking into crevasses in your day. It disrupts. If you allow the negativity to take hold, it has the power to kill goals, plans, and aspirations. Some of the goals you’ve set for your 10 year plan may seem unrealistic. The negative self-talk could talk you out of pursuing them. When you start to believe your negative self-talk you are playing Russian Roulette with the giving up.
When to reassess
After accomplishing a goal
Reassessment is important when you’ve accomplished a goal. You are excited and proud that you’ve reached a goal. It’s the perfect time to reassess your 10 year plan and see if your timing is on course. Perhaps you are ahead of schedule and underestimated the timing in achieving your goals. You may also realize after accomplishing a goal that there are additional goals you’d like to add to your 10 year plan. Now is the time to do it.
When you want to give up
Feeling like you need to abandon a goal or your 10 year plan? Before you give up, reassess. Now is the most critical time for reassessing your 10 year plan. Why do you feel like giving up? Has doubt leaked in? Did you overestimate what you could accomplish? Did life throw you a curve ball?
You owe yourself the time and self-reflection before retiring your 10 year plan. Time will move forward whether you are putting your plan into motion or not. Maybe it just needs to be tweaked. Abandoning your 10 year plan all together is giving up. If you are the type of person to make a 10 year plan, then I know you are not a quitter. Change the plan. Things happen. Make new goals. Change deadlines. Do what you need to do to keep going. Channel your inner Dory and “just keep swimming.”
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