Taking A Break From Your Goal

Aug 03, 2023

Sometimes you get discouraged working towards your goal.  Maybe you’re not seeing the progress you had hoped and it’s a slow, arduous process.  It could be that you’ve hit a wall and you just can’t seem to move forward.  Perhaps you’re running on empty and don’t feel like you have the energy or motivation to keep going at this point.  All of these scenarios can lead you to stop taking action towards your goal.  It’s perfectly okay to take a break from working on your goal if your intent is to reflect and recharge with a plan to get back into action.  But, you might be taking too long of a break from your goal.


Taking A Break

Taking breaks is important and necessary to your overall success.  You can’t keep going a million miles an hour without a rest period.  Otherwise, you’ll just collapse and never make it to the finish line of achieving your goal.  You need time to rest and recharge so that can you come back energized to take action towards your goal.  You can also take this time to reflect on what’s working and what’s not working when it comes to making progress towards your goal.  Taking a break can help you gain a fresh perspective and make sure you’re headed in the right direction.  Allow yourself a moment to pause so that you can regroup to hit the ground running, energized and motivated to achieve your goal.


Extended Breaks

However, taking extended breaks can make it difficult to get back into taking action towards your goal.  You let one day go by and soon it turns into a week, month, year and then your goal is all but forgotten.  You say you’ll work on your goal tomorrow but tomorrow comes and goes.  You come up with excuses such as not having the time, energy, or motivation.  You can take a break to rest but set a deadline as to when you have to get back into action and stick to it.


Back Into Action

If you’re feeling unmotivated, tired, and upset with little progress towards your goal, give yourself permission to take a break.  You can sit with your feelings to be in the sadness, despair, and grief.  But, you can’t remain there if you ever want to achieve your goal.  You have to find a way to pull yourself out this funk.  The main turning point usually comes when you realize you haven’t made any progress toward your goal because of your lack of action.  You become fed up with yourself and say enough is enough.  You muster up the courage and get back to taking action.  It just requires one small step and then taking the one next small step after that.  You begin to see progress again which makes you feel motivated and energized to work towards your goal.



The truth is, you’re never going to have to the energy or motivation to work towards your goal.  You just have to push through and take the action anyway, even when you don’t want to.  Think about how you’ll feel when you’re done, when you’ve taken the action and how proud you’ll be.  Goals are achieved one small step at a time, not all at once.  Take your short break and then get yourself back into action.  Do one thing today to move you closer to achieving your goal.  Avoid listening to that negative voice in your head that tells you all the reasons why you shouldn’t or can’t.  Don’t believe it.  Believe in yourself and your will power to keep going, even when times get tough.  You’ve got this!


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