“If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.”  ~Lawrence J. Peter

Goals are simply how to get from one place to another. Now that year end is in sight, it’s time to dust off your goals and decide if they are still working for you. You may have specific health, career or spiritual goals that have gone by the wayside. There can be a few reasons for unmet goals:

• The goals are set too high and needs revised
• Too many big goals were set at once
• The goals are no longer relevant in your life

Keep in mind these three suggestions as you revamp your goals:

Don’t take it personally
Goals are not about failure or any other way to beat you up. It’s not about you as a person when you don’t meet a desired goal. The key is ignoring distraction or habits that block you from moving forward. Distractions will always be there. Let’s look at procrastination for example.  Procrastination is a choice to put things off. You can dissect the cause as to why you procrastinate. But guess what? Searching for the reason why is another way to put things off. It’s a habit that distracts you from getting to point A to point B. Getting past the blame and the mind hooks will get you closer to what you desire.

Know Why You Want It
Ask yourself which force is stronger: the habit blocking you or the desire to accomplish your goal? Anchor reasons why you want to achieve your goal in the first place. List at least three reasons why you want this goal and more if you can. This razor-sharp method will get the job done every time.

Mistakes Will Happen

You make a choice that seems sensible. And for some reason, it didn’t work out. Mistakes will happen.
 

“And bad mistakes
I've made a few 
I've had my share of sand kicked in my face – 
But I've come through”—

“We Are The Champions” by Queen

There might be some things that need to be corrected to get back on track. Give yourself credit for taking action and moving forward. The best part about making a mistake is you know what doesn’t work. Step back, take a deep breath and look at other options. Ultimately, there are many other ways to achieve your goals.

Rechecking where you are on the path is an equally important process. Maybe your original ambitions were too challenging or your dream is no longer meaningful to you. Re-examine your goals, refine your path and you will be sure to hit your mark at year end.

8 thoughts on “Goal Review: How to Hit Your Mark by Year End”

  1. Mistakes do happen to all of us and we have opportunities to make course corrections. I really liked how you said that looking for the reason why we are procrastinating is just another way to procrastinate. Brilliant!

  2. This is a great article Lisa – I particularly like what you say about not taking things personally ;). It's so important to realize that not meeting a goal is not a reflection upon who you really are and blame does no one any good!

  3. Great post, Lisa! I especially liked, "Rechecking where you are on the path is an equally important process." It is so vital to do this. Thanks for sharing your great wisdom and knowledge.

  4. I love that top quote! How can we aim to get somewhere if we're not sure where we are going! Some great tips here and I love your advice to ignore distractions because they can totally get us off course.
    Thanks Lisa!

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