It’s not unusual to set goals, then find that they aren’t getting accomplished as you imagined.


It’s more common than you might think, or want to think. Here are a few ideas on how to handle this challenging situation.

1. Re-evaluate the goal.

Is it too aggressive? Could it be achieved if you extended the timeline a bit?

As Brian Tracy once said, “People overestimate what they can do in 1 year, but underestimate what they can do in 5.” It’s not a failure to take more time to get a worthy goal accomplished.

2. Is the goal still important?

There are times when we get super excited about a new goal only to find that the action doesn’t follow. One reason could be that we just aren’t motivated to do it. An example here is Writing a Book. You might be totally gung ho about the idea and write it down and even break up the goal in to sub-goals determining that you’ll write a few words each. But then nothing happens. Sure, you have a list of reasons why, but the reality is that it’s not important enough to make it happen. It might be the right time to put this goal in the ‘Someday Maybe’ folder.

3. Do you need help?

Some goals get done a whole lot faster with the right help. For example, fitness or weight loss goals typically are achieved at a greater rate when another person is involved, such as an accountability partner or expert trainer. Ask yourself if this is why your goal isn’t getting done. If the answer is yes, then seek out someone to be there to help you.

4. Perhaps your knowledge is insufficient.

If I want to build my own website I’m going to have to get some new knowledge to get this done. If I invest a few hours of time to learn before I take action I could shave a lot of time off the actual project. Could this be the reason why your goal’s not getting done? Applying brute force and lots of time usually isn’t the best way. Stop and think about what you might need to learn first before going back at it.

5. Change your approach.

In the class I teach a class at Skyline College. We recently had Exam #1. There were a few students who didn’t do as well on the test as they would have liked. What we talked about were different approaches to preparing for the exam. Students who did well shared their approaches. In the end we concluded that there are always multiple ways to reach your goal. If one way isn’t working, try another. Just don’t give up if it’s important to you.

I hope these ideas help as you consider why some goals aren’t getting accomplished.

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