At one time or another, we all have set a goal for ourselves. If you say that you haven’t, you are lying to yourself. It’s alright to admit to those goals, even if they were a little silly, even if we never reached that goal.
When we set a goal then reach it, it’s a great feeling. You feel good inside, maybe even pat yourself on the back for a job well done. On the flip side, when we set a goal and don’t reach it, the feeling isn’t so good. We all have different ways of how we deal with a failed goal. Some of us brush it off and set another goal, while a failed goal for some may result in resisting to pursue another.
Here are two things I want you to understand as you go through life:
For the ones you accomplish, great! For the ones you don’t, so what? Move on to the next one. It’s not the end of the world. It doesn’t matter in what arena you set a goal in, be it fitness, professional, or some form of personal goal, your duty is to give it your best effort. As long as you do that, whatever the outcome may be, just live with it. It is what it is. No use in harping over the failures. Learn from what happened and move on.
Sometimes with our goals, we set them to be out of reach, unrealistic, or unattainable, and set ourselves up for failure.
Whatever your goal is, whether it is small or large, develop a plan of action. You may have heard of the acronym SMART coined by Peter Drucker. It stands for:
Specific - simple, sensible
Measurable - indicator of progress, motivating
Achievable - attainable
Realistic - state what results can be achieved, given available resources
Time-related - specify when the result, or results, can be achieved
This is a great way to break down your goals, and ensure that you are setting yourself up for success.
Let’s learn from our mistakes, and limit our failures. Make sure we put ourselves in the best position to accomplish as much as we can. Let’s begin to raise the bar.
Your fitness guide, your motivation, your inspiration!