4 Steps to Getting Back on Track when Your Plans don’t Pan Out

You took the time to create your spiritual growth plan but eventually life happens. What happens when you fall off the wagon, get run over, and then drug by your ankles for a few miles? It is possible to get back on track when your original plans fail. In this episode, LaToya shares 4 steps to course correct when you want to get back to your goals.

Even the best-laid plans can go off the rails. There’s no such thing as perfection and trying to get there can leave you feeling discouraged and frustrated. You can continue to make progress, even when you have a setback.

Go back to your why

There’s a reason that I tell clients to figure out the why behind their goals. When you look at your plans and realize that you aren’t crossing anything off it can be tempting to call it quits. Instead, take a few minutes to reflect on your why. Let that inspire and motivate you to keep trying.

Look at your plan to see if it needs to change

Sometimes we get a little too ambitious with our plans. I do this every single year. I write down 100 things that I want to accomplish during the year when realistically I can only manage 5 of them.

Pull out your plans and look at them. Make sure that they are the things that really matter. Check and see if you plan fit into your current season of life and responsibilities. If not … it’s time to make some changes.

Make necessary changes

Having to change your plans is not a bad thing. In fact, the more that you work on your goals the more changes you’ll probably need to make. But make informed changes. Ask yourself what’s working and what isn’t.  Once you know what’s not working make small micro changes until it does work.

Resist the urge to scrap the entire plan and start over. That will make more work for you to do and if you get overwhelmed you make be tempted to throw in the towel.

Ask for help

This last one is usually the hardest. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your friends, family, and community for help.  If you’re able to take things off your plate to make room for your priorities that’s awesome! If you are able to invite some accountability in your life even better.

Lean on the people that you have surrounded yourself with. That’s a blessing of fellowship and community — we get to hold each other up and share each other’s burdens.

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