Goal Setting: When You Don’t Achieve Your Goals
What happens when you don’t achieve your goals? Are you a failure? An underachiever? What should you do? There are a lot of ways that you can react when you do not reach a goal but the most important thing that you can do is stay positive and productive.
One of the first things that you should do when you do not achieve a goal is to calmly and rationally assess the situation. The easiest question to begin with is, Why? Why didn’t you achieve your goal? Perhaps your time-lime was too ambitious or even unrealistic. If this is the case, you should re-evaluate your goal and create a new time-line for success. What you should avoid doing, however, is simply slapping on a new deadline and consider the matter complete.
A goal that goes uncompleted is an opportunity to take a fresh look at the original goal. Now that you have put time and work into achieving this goal you need to reflect on whether this goal is still a priority to you. Perhaps in the pursuit of the original goal you discovered a passion that was unknown or forgotten. Instead of stubbornly pushing forward to achieve the original goal, perhaps it is time to go in a new direction. Choosing a new destination in your life will necessitate walking a new path.