Every once in a while it is time to take a step back and take a look at the whole of life. Take a deep breath.
Happiness is the goal, not the destination. The journey ought to be joyous though not without the pain of growth, loss, and failure.
For this part of the planning process, you need to adopt a much wider scope than the previous section. To see the big picture of life takes practice and consideration of all its parts. There are essentially five aspects of life: social, emotional, psychological, spiritual, and physical. Each can be broken down further such as social into the family, friends, work associates, and social media. In general, and for this post, we are going to think big picture thinking with the five!
Separate each aspect of life into its sub-element and address them individually such as breaking down the social category to professional and work associates, family, friends, and social media. These five aspects will help you examine your goal from different perspectives, each providing an opportunity to look at your goals in a new way. Consider making a list in your business journal for each about the positive and negative impacts of not only the goal but the steps necessary to achieve the goal. List who may be impacted and how. Try to adapt to the self you present to these various aspects and sub aspects when considering the impacts. You are answering how each of these aspects is impacted by the process of achieving the goal. People splice their life in different and unique ways, by utilizing the structure of five it is more likely you will gain a more complete view of the goal and both positive and negative impacts of the decisions being made.
For example, your availability may decrease due to time commitments. This type of planning can provide the opportunity to avoid unintended consequences. You have the opportunity to have decisions on those in your community that may be impacted. For example, if you are writing a book and setting time aside in the week every week to work on a SMART Goal meaning you will have less time for client care. You know this because family time is off-limits, your time with your friends is already limited and essential to happiness. You know the time must be taken for the boo from work. You may choose to send an email explaining your absence or you may want to engage a new CRM software to do more with the time you can spend with them in the first few chunks of time, you may want to share with them on social media about the writing of the book. This process allows you to sit back and think about it.
Your time is your greatest resource, and you should be the master of it. Where and how you spend your time is a large part of how happy your life is. Make sure your goals are impacting these aspects in acceptable ways.
A tolerable growing pain that does not steal the joy of the journey.