Each year on June 15 I take a moment to revisit and revise my annual goals. And every year I find myself surprised by how far I have come on some and what little (if any) progress I have made on others.
Two of this year's goals fall squarely in the latter category. This did not come as a surprise to me: both require outside assistance, and despite my best efforts, I have not been able to identify or persuade the right guides to come to my aid. As I made my way down the list, I first skipped over these goals, reasoning that I had, after all, done my part. I reached out for help months ago - and I know I would be well on my way if she had just responded to my email. I would be making significant progress if only he would return my phone calls...
As I reflected on the circumstances I grew agitated. One of my goals is a truly noble effort (more on this to come...). The unresponsiveness of the mentors from whom I requested advice was not only affecting me - it was delaying a venture that will benefit the community.
But in the next breath it occurred to me: My goals - no matter how altruistic and worthy - aren't their responsibility. Just because a plan requires collaboration doesn't remove my obligation to see it through.
As we enter the second half of the year, I am taking full, unconditional ownership of my goals and aims. I will find creative solutions and persist until I assemble the expertise and tools I need to move forward.
Are you letting yourself off the hook because of someone else's actions (or lack therof)? Stop the blame game and take ownership of your efforts, aims, and desires. You alone have the power to pursue your dreams. Do what it takes to make them come true.