We’ve all been there. The year starts with a goal or resolution but a few months in and you’re off track. The goal has fallen by the wayside.
But that doesn’t mean it’ll never happen or that it’s time to give up. Instead, it’s time to recommit and course correct so that you can get back on track and achieve your goal.
Review, accept and forgive
Firstly, beating yourself up will get you nowhere. Instead, it’s time to review what happened.
Get honest with yourself and work through why you didn’t achieve your goal. It may be that your goal was unrealistic, or maybe you lost focus, or perhaps you were trying to do too much. Whatever the case is, review and ask yourself what worked and what didn’t.
Next, you need to accept your current situation and forgive yourself. Yes, that’s right, forgive yourself.
This is not the time to berate yourself or fall into a pile of self-loathing or shame. That won’t achieve anything constructive. Instead, acknowledge any misaligned choices and forgive yourself. In doing this, you’ll clear your energy and mind from guilt so that you can focus on getting back on track and keep working towards your goals.
Commit to getting back on track
Now you’ve cleared the air, it’s time to move forward. Start by reviewing your goal and reaffirm your commitment to it.
Spend the time now to reconnect with why the goal matters to you, i.e. why it’s important and how it fits into your life vision. Knowing this makes it easier to stay on track.
And if you have multiple goals you’re trying to achieve, consider focusing on just one, as simplifying your focus allows you to amplify your results.
As you recommit, focus your attention on your trajectory, not where you are right now and keep looking forward to what you are going to achieve.
This is the opportunity for you to course-correct. This involves looking at how you work to achieve your goal. This may involve tweaking your approach or completely revising your strategy based on what you now know.
Doing this requires you to have a growth mindset and practise resilience and adaptability to get back, and stay, on track.
And it’s important to remember that even if you don’t achieve your goal in your set timeframe, it doesn’t mean you should give up on the goal.
In fact, you should keep working towards your goal regardless of how long it takes. Keep revising and refining your approach along the way until you achieve your goal.
Do you want the ultimate guide to setting and achieving meaningful goals? Get your free workbook here.