“Momentum demands movement”
-Isabella Mader (Blogger & Author)
Something incredible happens to our New Year’s resolutions! It’s 23:58hrs on December 31st, moments to a new year…all full of life and thrilled to smack right to our goals – a fresh start!
I have experienced many thrilling moments as these 🙂 🙂
I have, however, developed a stern habit of ensuring all my anticipations, aspirations are penned down before they vanish with the midnight whirlwinds to the far east. Few moments later I have a packaged list of what to adjust in my life in the new year. Time elapses and soon it’s December…often, i dust off my “new year” resolutions list and it dawns on me that I actually accomplished a negligible stride compared to what I ought to have done.
This is widespread, and perhaps you’ve been bitten by the procrastination bug too. Most people, just like you and I, pen down these resolutions and go so far as to commence taking action – ready to execute their plans…charged up with zeal and passion. Well, a monster invades abruptly at some point and consumes our excitement. Often, when this happens, boredom sets in; our passion wanes and we commence tip-toeing towards the back door.
I have been caught up in such snare’s in the past too 🙂 🙂
We all need vertical coherence so as diligently and efficiently charge towards our dreams and execute our goals. Vertical coherence in this context can be defined as “matching up the long term goal(s) with short term current goal(s)”. Vertical coherence can be broken down into three –Stretch goals (long term), Sprint goals and Step goals. This is like training for a marathon race. This analogy can be more colored by this puzzle: What will you do today (a step goal) that will support your plans in the next 2-3 weeks (sprint goals) as a way of attaining your ultimate long-term (stretch goal)?
Most of us simply stay held up in a rut, overwhelmed by the vast goals in the “to do list”. This vertical coherence model will melt your anxiety and keep you on track until you hit your targets. Simply pen down all your long term goals then beside each goal highlight few step goals you’ll execute immediately to set the momentum, then add sprint goals you’ll undertake in the next 2-3 weeks or months to get that ultimate long term goal accomplished. After this process, you can then pick on the next long-term goal and fill the skeleton with sprint and step goals.
Newton’s first law states that an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. Similarly, to set and maintain your vertical coherence you need to build the necessary momentum. Start today and show up on your step goals then stay on track as you diligently work on your sprint goals and soon your ultimate long term “stretch goals” will be a dream accomplished.
If you liked this post you may also like my post,“8 Reasons you should hang in there and not quit”.