When setting a goal you should also create a plan of action. I mean, what's a goal if you aren't working to achieve it? A couple of days ago I shared my goals of the week and while I have accomplished some them I have just as easily slacked on some. Unfortunately, one of them happens to be one of the most important of them all. I said that I would attend live lecture everyday. Well, so much for that. I overslept this morning because I was up late last night doing absolutely nothing. The crazy part is that as it got later and later into the night I was thinking..."maybe you should go to sleep so that you can wake up for class." But, I didn't listen to my inner self. Instead I ignored those thoughts and now I have to listen to lectures online...which I can't stand to do these days.
So, what's next, you ask? Well, I'm not going to wallow in my current failure. I'm actually going to make the proper corrections tonight and plan to wake up for lecture tomorrow morning. It's called adjustment and there's nothing wrong with it. The worse thing I could do is to say forget my goals and never follow through. Doing this would never allow me to grow and it sure won't make me a better medical student or physician. How you handle a situation, such as this one, will answer the question posed in the title of this blog post. Are your goals just goals? Or do they begin as goals that you later turn into action?