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For many of us, spring is a time of high energy and excitement. Longer daylight and beautiful weather keeps us going for more hours, and we quickly fill our days with tasks and activities.

Our work lives tend to follow a similar pattern. Our To Do lists grow, and we multi-task even more until we start to wonder how long we can keep up this high energy.

This is a time when our goals are even more important than ever. Our goals help us focus our energy on our priorities at those times when we are tempted to try to pay attention to everything at once.

Big Fish Goals Wheel

Spring energy and the end of first quarter make now a perfect time to check in with your goals (you did set them in January, right? See recent blog posts  re: goal-setting).

Take a few minutes right now with your written 2010 goals, asking the following questions for each goal:

  1. Am I still excited about this goal?
  2. Does this goal motivate me to action?
  3. Does this goal still fit with my current vision? (see recent blog posts re: vision)

If your answer to any of those questions is “no” or “I’m not sure,” consider revising the goal. And if you aren’t able to come up with a revision that makes the goal exciting and motivational to you, consider simply removing that goal. As our lives and businesses change, it’s important that we also allow our goals to change.

As Earl Nightingale, motivational writer, says, “The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.”

Goals are not supposed to be something we struggle through just so we can check them off our To Do lists. Goals are intended to invigorate us in ways that move us and our businesses forward by taking BOLD ACTIONS and creating HUGE SUCCESS.

Today is the perfect day for some “spring goal cleaning” — why wait??