There’s a lot of information on setting goals, but very little information about what to do if you don’t reach your goal, and let’s be real; not reaching a set goal happens a lot more than people would like to admit.
First of all let’s first look at what a goal is how how to set one:
There’s a great quote that reads “A goal is a dream with timeline attached to it.” Meaning when you decide what you want (a goal) and then you put that date when you want it by. So for example, I want to lose 10 pounds. So the goal is to lose 10 pounds. And now I set a date of when to lose 10 pounds. Let’s say I want to lose 10 pounds in a month. So I say I will lose 10 pounds by November 26, 2016. From there I break the goal down into smaller steps. 4 Weeks in a month, so I’d have to lose 2.5 pounds a week.
Week one: 2.5 pounds
Week two: 2.5 Pounds
Week Three: 2.5 Pounds
Week Four: 2.5 Pounds
Now that I know how much weight I have to lose a week, how am I going to do it? What are the action steps I’m going to have to take each day?
- Increase my walks by 15 minutes per day
- Weight lifting 3 days a week
- Food intake to 1000 calories a day
You can use this type of format for any type of goal. Be sure when creating a goal to write it down. A mental goal isn’t good enough. Write it down and put it in several places that you’ll see it daily.
So, let’s say I work all of this out, but don’t follow through on my daily routine, which will result in me not making my goal. Now what?
You feel bad for awhile, which is normal. Then you determine where you went wrong. Was it # 1, #2, #3, or all of the above?
Then once you figure out where either you didn’t follow through with the daily steps, or discover the daily steps were not exactly what you needed to reach your goal, you get that straightened out and then set another goal. What ever you do, you DON’T GIVE UP! If you need to, you could even reposition the goal differently. As in my example I gave, perhaps 10 pounds in a month is too much weight to lose or not enough. Make any adjustments you need to, to reach your final goal.
I hope this has helped. Reaching goals can be challenging. It makes you grow and growth isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.
You can do it!
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