If you read my blog often, you’ve probably noticed that I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to goal setting. I’ll be the first to admit it. Even so, there are plenty of times when I fall short of my goals. Failure to reach your goals can be super discouraging and can definitely make you want to give up. But there are other things you can do instead to make sure you reach that goal next time around!

What to Do When You Don't Reach Your Goals

Take a Step Back

I tend to push myself way too hard sometimes, and can definitely be hard on myself if things don’t go as planned. Because of that, my instinct when I don’t reach a goal is to double down and work even harder towards it. But when I do that, I tend to get burned out pretty quickly. So instead, I force myself to take a step back and do some resting and reevaluating before I hit the ground running again.

This gives me a chance to take a break and give myself a breather so I don’t overdo it. It also gives me a chance to reevaluate to figure out what I can do differently, and whether or not that goal is still important to me.

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Take a Look at What Went Wrong

If you fell short of your goal, chances are there are some things you could or should have done differently. Now is the time to be brutally honest about them so you don’t make those same mistakes again.

I’ll be honest and say that sometimes when I don’t reach a goal, it’s just because I flat out stopped trying. Other times, however, there was simply a flaw in the plan and things got a bit derailed because of it.

Be as honest and as specific as you can during this part, because that information is definitely going to help you down the road.

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Try Again (Or Don’t)

Now it’s time to decide whether or not you want to continue to tackle that goal. Maybe there was a great new job opportunity available that you thought would be perfect for you. You gave it a shot, but it didn’t pan out. It sucks that you didn’t get it the first time around, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go for it (or a similar job) again!

Every time I’m working toward a business goal and fall short, I take some time to think about whether that goal is really important to me. If so, then I give it another shot. If not, then I forget about it and move onto the next project.

Don’t be afraid to abandon a goal if you decide it really isn’t important to you, but also don’t shy away from trying again if you don’t reach it the first time!

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Reignite Your Passion

Failing sucks, there’s no doubt about it. And even if you failed at a goal that’s still super important to you and you want to go after again, chances are your passion has waned and you’re feeling a bit discouraged. Now is the time you remind yourself why you set that lofty goal to begin with! Remembering your why will go a long way in getting you motivated to start again.

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Do It Differently

If you decide you’re going to reach for that goal again, approaching it the same way you did previously isn’t going to bring about a different outcome. Now that you’ve taken some time to figure out what went wrong when you were going after your goal, you know what to avoid next time around! This time you’ll be even more likely to reach that goal because you’ve learned from your mistakes and are ready to tackle it from a new angle.

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Next time you fail to reach your goals, use these tips to make sure you nail it the second time around!

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