I have a confession to make: I have become a victim of the Fall Off.
When I initially launched this site, I was confident of what I wanted its purpose to be. I had very clear goals that I wanted to accomplish both here and in the offline community as MELISASource, and I even charted out the course that I was going to take to achieve them.
Now as I get closer to crossing over the one-year mark of blogging, I looked over my past writings and noticed something awry. I was doing very well with staying on track with my goals initially, however as the months went on, I saw that I drifted further and further away from what I wanted this site to be and thus my goals as well.
How could I have not noticed this sooner??!
Many times in life when we set goals for ourselves, we get so heavily consumed with what it will feel like at the end of the journey that we lose focus on the journey itself. This change in perspective causes us to get off course, far away from the path that we had planned to take. More often than not, by the time we ‘shake ourselves’ and realize what has happened, much time and progress has been lost.
Thus, the Fall Off.
Sometimes it can be difficult to prevent a Fall Off moment from happening to you. But the key is not prevention, but being sure that the moment is handled in the right way.
Here is an approach that you can use to deal with it:
Own up to it
The first step is admitting you have a problem – this is a statement that is heard and said many times, right? But the problem is that rarely is it actually applied. If you have a goal that you are trying to accomplish, you must be serious about it enough to not only motivate yourself to keep going, but also to correct yourself in your missteps.
Decide on it
Once you own up to the Fall Off, do not let discouragement get the best of you. Instead, decide that you will be more disciplined in ensuring that you stay on the right track. If you feel that you cannot do it alone, get an accountability partner: someone you trust who wants to see you succeed and will stand in your corner to be strong for you in your times of weakness—a person with an “outside eye” who can see you heading for Fall Off and can stop you well before it happens.
Once you have identified what is going on, take the decisions that you have made to do better and put them into action right away. Remember that time waits for no one: the sooner you pull yourself back up and on course, the easier it will be to keep going and the better off you will be for it in the end. At the moment when you achieve your goals, you will be all the more grateful for the fact that you refuse to allow dwelling on your missteps to keep you down.
Experiencing a Fall Off moment in your life here and there is something that is normal. No matter whether it is in a professional or personal area, when you notice it happening, never be afraid to be honest with yourself about it. When you do, you place yourself in a great position to turn it around and minimize any ground lost in the journey to your goals.
You’re probably asking, “Soooooo…….what about you and your Fall Off moment?” Well, I have the approach given above in full effect even as we speak! There will be some changes coming to MELISASource.com very soon that I hope you will find to be much better – stay tuned on this journey with me!
Have you ever experienced the Fall Off? Are you good at owning up to it when it happens? What are some approaches that you use to correct it? Share with me below or tell me about it at: firstname.lastname@example.org.