The 2 Reasons Why You Aren’t Achieving Your Goals
Ignore these at your peril…
Many healthy, wealthy, and wise people will tell you — setting goals is important.
Without goals we have no direction to follow. We don’t know where we’re going, much less where we should end up. In contrast, a good set of goals will lay our the roadmap to realising your vision.
Unfortunately, not all goals are created equal. In fact, the goal-setting system you’re following right now could be the reason for your downfall.
For most people, myself included, we note down our goals following the system of SMART goals — Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. This method (or some variation of it) ensures you tick most of the boxes for setting realistic goals, which in turn gives you a better chance at reaching those goals.
There is one thing wrong with this formula, however. When we attain our goals, everything is good, and everyone is happy. But what happens if we don’t? Then what?
What do we with our goals if we fail to reach them?
The answer lies in your ability to Evaluate and Re-adjust.
When you set goals, you build up an immense amount of motivation within yourself.
Your goal is right there on the paper. It seems so simple! You’d do anything to succeed.
But often, obstacles can get thrown in your way that slow you down, or even stop you from achieving your goals full stop. And when this happens, it’s usually accompanied by a sense of crushing failure.
But luckily, you can learn to avoid this sense of defeat, or at the very least, pre-empt it. To do this, you must evaluate your goals.
This means simply checking up on your progress towards your objectives.
Look again at the goal you have set for yourself. Then look at the progress you have made. If you had planned to make £5,000 selling t-shirts by June, and it’s May and you’ve only made £2,000, then you need to make a note of that. See whether you’re on track to achieving your goals!
Review your efforts to see what is working, and more importantly, what isn’t working.
If you are on track to achieving your goals, great! If not, no need to worry, we’ll see how to fix that in a bit.
But for now, just know that if you aren’t taking time to really evaluate your progress towards your goals, you could be really hindering your achievement towards them.
If you’ve evaluated your goals, and realised you’re not on track to achieve them, here’s what you can do…
So you’ve evaluated your progress and seen that you’re nowhere near to achieving your goals. Perhaps you set too tight a deadline, or maybe you just asked too much of yourself? The answer doesn’t matter because you can’t turn back time, but you can determine what happens in the future.
All you have to do is re-adjust your goals.
Now, before you jump down my throat with the old adage “Change the plan, but never the goal”, let me explain.
Re-adjusting your goal isn’t about completely doing away with your goal, or even drastically changing it. It’s doing exactly as the name suggests — re-adjusting.
Taking our £5,000 example from earlier, this could simply mean extending your time frame for making that money. Or maybe taking down the figure ever so slightly to ensure that you’re actually in-line to achieve that goal.
Sure, missing a target once in a while sucks. But you know what sucks more? Consistently missing your goals because you expected too much.
Take the time to re-adjust your goals. Instead of getting bitter about missing the initial milestone, get excited about hitting the new one.
When I talk about evaluating and re-adjusting your goals, I’m not saying you shouldn’t be ambitious. Of course you should! Everyone has the power within them to leave a legacy.
But it doesn’t help anybody to set unrealistic targets and then complain about not reaching them.
If you find you’re not on track to achieve your goals. No need to worry, just follow this simple formula…
- Try Again
- Repeat steps 1–3 until successful.
It’s really that simple.