When we decide to set a particular goal most of us do so with the expectation and intention of achieving it!
Our enthusiasm and motivation to achieve our goal is usually very high. We may take the appropriate action to achieve our goal for a while... after a while, however, things change.
Setting goals is one thing... actually achieving them is something entirely different! We've all done it, we've all set goals and then at some point our goals are no longer our focus.
It is important to become aware of the reasons our goals become abandoned rather than allowing it to happen without much thought. Knowing why we let our goals go can often give us useful information for setting our goals in the future.
Here are some common reasons why people let their goals go:
1) You don't know where to start to achieve your goal: you may have been reasonably clear about what you want to do but when it comes to actually taking action, you don't know where to start. For example, you want to travel and work overseas for a year but you don't know what way to start to make this happen.
2) Procrastination strikes again!: you know what to do to achieve your goal but you just don't get around to taking the first step or consistently doing what is necessary for your goal to be achieved. For example, your goal is to wake earlier in the morning and walk for 30 minutes before work but each morning when the alarm goes off you think how comfortable bed is and you tell yourself you will begin tomorrow.
3) Your goal no longer is important to you: when you first set your goal you thought it was something you really wanted to achieve but as you get well into achieving your goal, you realise it isn't what you want after all. For example, you may have always wanted to be a social worker but after qualifying you realise you no longer have the same passion for this work.
4) You come across numerous obstacles and problems: you know there will be difficulties and obstacles to face and you do overcome many of them but at some point you just feel there are too many to deal with and you have run out of solutions.
5) Your circumstances change: you may have a clear goal and a clear plan and you are well on your way to achieve your goal only to have circumstances occur in your life which need you to re-evaluate what you are doing and why you are doing it. For example, your goal is to work overseas for a year and everything is set, including a job waiting for you on your arrival, but there is illness in your family and you are needing to stay home.
There are many reasons why people abandon their goals without achieving them... but depending on the reason for letting your goal go doesn't mean your goal has to be abandoned completely!
I've experienced each one of the above reasons (with different scenarios of course) for letting many of my goals go... and some goals were completely abandoned!
Have you ever let your goals go? Are you aware of the reasons you didn't achieve the goals you set? Click on the comment link below and share your experiences... it would be good to hear from you.