Are you struggling to reach your goals?
The problem is not the goal nor your own ability to achieve the things you want to make happen. The disconnect is in the way we go about our goals. Just like there are several different types of learners, there are several paths to reach our goals.
Here are 3 proven ways to accomplish your goals:
Change your goal
Growth literally means to become larger. In this sense, we are becoming larger by adding new skills, taking on new challenges, and discovering new parts of ourselves., Your goal should challenge you enough to step up to the plate. The benefit that you get from the process should be so exciting and fulfilling that you're willing to do the work.
Change Your Deadline
If you don’t reach your goal, assess whether your deadline was reasonable. Then, assess whether you put in the required effort. (Read: Did you really give it your all?) Set a new timeline and consider the possible challenges (including your own schedule, abilities and resources). Find a balance between what will challenge you and what is palatable to your life’s flow. Ultimately, it’s about getting there - not how quickly you arrive.
When setting personal goals, consider time irrelevant. Don’t let a poorly planned deadline kill your dream.
Change Your Plan
Maybe it wasn’t the best plan. Success requires that you take stock of what did and did not work so that you can consciously try again. There are multiple routes to every location. If there’s construction on one route you don’t turn around and go home, you take a detour.
When it comes to goal-setting your plan is everything. Try different ways to approach the same goal until you find what works. Every successful person you know likely didn’t achieve their greatness on the first attempt. You’re looking at people who may have tried and failed hundreds of times!
Building the life you want is a process that will take time and planning. Be open to the process because the process is an important bi-product. Challenging yourself, asserting yourself, trying and yes - failing are all part of what will prepare you for the very thing you are out to get.
Set big goals. Adjust the deadline. Adjust the plan. But never, ever give up!