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How to Recommit to Your Abandoned Goals

Abandoned Goals

It’s also a good time to think about and assess the goals you have not achieved. Ask yourself, “are any of my goals indeed important but still receiving little to none of my attention and focus?” These are your abandoned goals.

The questions is, what’s leading you to NOT focus and spend time on goals you acknowledge are important? Here are some insights to consider:

Lack of specifics

Sometimes our goals are too general. Being specific allows you to narrow your focus, better understand what needs to be done, and turn big ideas into manageable steps. For example, wanting to improve the finances of your organization is an idea. “I’m going to spend an hour each week analyzing my company’s cash flow reports” is a specific goal, which leads to more effective management of your financial resources.

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Forgetting the rewards and consequences

Usually, we set goals because of the anticipated benefits of achieving them or the potential consequences of failing to do so. Often, these rewards and consequences are down the road and it’s easy to lose sight of them when there are more immediate items competing for your attention. Don’t allow this to happen. Rewards and consequences are the fuel to keep you motivated and energized.

Doubt

Challenging goals stretch us to the limits of what we think we can achieve and often cause us to question our skills, abilities and resources.  Because of this, it’s easy to convince ourselves that something is unachievable. We focus on all the reasons something can’t be done instead of thinking positively and reminding ourselves why the goal is important, and how we can accomplish it! Again, don’t fall into the trap of doubt and pessimism.

Develop a short, positive, action-oriented statement that reinforces why you will achieve your goal. For example, this one always works for me. “When I put in the time, the job gets done.”

The road to success is not an easy journey. It involves focusing on the right goals, staying committed to your goals, and overcoming the obstacles along the way.

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Excuses, excuses, excuses… What’s holding you back from achieving your goals?

Excuses

Successful people embody and live by their goals. They understand what they want to achieve and why it’s important to them.

It all starts by having a big picture vision of what you want to achieve and what success means and looks like to you. This allows you to set meaningful goals and understand why these goals are important to you.

However, more than we’d like, some of our important goals are left unachieved. Why is that? All too often it’s because we let excuses get in the way. How many times have you said to yourself?

  • There’s too much other stuff going on…
  • There’s no time…
  • I’m too busy…

If these excuses often pop up, here are some things to consider:

Is this goal really that important to you?

Sometimes we set goals which we think are really important, but our actions or lack thereof tell us otherwise. If something is truly important to you, you’ll make time for it, no excuses. If you find you are not making much progress on a goal, ask yourself, “is this goal really that important to me?” Only you are able to answer that question.

Are you committed to the challenge?

Big ticket goals are challenging and often require you to adjust your habits, behaviors, and attitudes. For example, achieving your fitness goals may require going to the gym in the wee hours of the morning. Are you committed to going to bed earlier so that you can to do this?

Take stock of your current attitudes, behaviors and habits. Then think about what adjustments and changes are required to achieve your goals, and decide if you are committed and willing to enact them.

Are you committed to investing your time?

With weekly responsibilities, new projects arising, and life happening, of course, there are always many things vying for your attention. However, not having enough time is no excuse for not achieving a goal. Again, if the goal is truly important to you, you’ll find a way to invest the necessary time.

Maybe it’s 30 minutes a day, or maybe it’s an hour once a week. The key is to set aside a certain amount of time to work on your goal. Block a specific time in your calendar to prevent letting your normal routine fill up your day. Most goals are not achieved over night. The key is to have continuous action and progress towards the final outcome.

 Being too busy and not having enough time are not excuses for not achieving your goals.

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