No matter how much planning and preparation you put into your goals, you will face challenging situations that could knock you off your course and halt your progress. Just knowing this happens to even the greatest goal-setters can go a long way in helping you regroup when it happens to you.
When you find yourself in difficult situations, you may see it as a failure. However, it is important to understand that succumbing to difficulties isn’t a failure. It’s a chance to reevaluate your goal and the strategies and action steps to see if there’s a flaw in them. After all, you can’t be expected to foresee all issues that might come up in the future. You may find that gaining more clarity, redefining your action steps or lengthening your time frame is all that’s needed to boost your spirits so that you can get back on track.
Experiencing “failure” is very normal when you are trying to achieve your goals. It’s the catalyst that propels most people to become successful. “Failure” shouldn’t be rejected, rather, you should embrace it. You should see “failure” as part of the journey –something that you need to meet and experience before you can achieve success. When you do this, you will appreciate your success even more.
So, if you stumble while trying to achieve your goal, pick yourself up, readjust and start again. Most people fail once, and that is it for them –they don’t dare stand back up again. They choose to be defeated and decide to play it safe, stay where they are in life… just to ensure they never “fail” again. Don’t let this be you! Play big. And play to win.
Learn to ask brutally honest questions about what went wrong and what can be done to remedy the situation. By asking yourself these thought-provoking questions, you’ll be able to identify what when wrong and how you can change it the next time.
Examples of the type of question you should ask yourself could be:
- Will I be able to reach my goals if I continue to do what I’m doing? Will I get the results I want?
- Are the successful and extraordinary people in my industry doing it this way?
- Are my current actions sufficient enough to generate the results I desire so that I can achieve my goals?
You don’t have to fail before you ask yourself these questions. In fact, it’s wise to ask them after you’ve planned how to reach your goals. If you notice that you are not making much progress, something may be wrong. When you consistently ask yourself these questions as you go along in your journey, you will be able to keep yourself on track by making mini-adjustments as necessary.
Finally, it is important for you to recognize that “failure” does not define who you are. “Failing” at something today does not mean you won’t succeed in the future. So, if you “fail,” don’t conclude that you are a failure. Just go back to the drawing board if it’s a goal that’s important to you.
Tracking your goals in a weekly planner is one of the best ways to continually evaluate your progress and make adjustments when needed. My Unlock Your Potential Planner even includes End of Quarter Reflections where you can rate your progress, identify obstacles standing in your way and determine resources to help overcome them.