Why Goals Fall Short

I have set infinitely more goals than I have reached. And I am fine with that. If you are reaching every goal you are setting for yourself, then you are not really setting goals in the first place, you’re playing hockey without a goalie.

I don’t play sports, but I would assume part of the winning feeling is the result of beating your opponent at their best. I will also assume it would be boring as shit to play hockey if every goal you shot scored.

Goals are supposed to be challenging, but that doesn’t mean they have to impossible either.

Most goals we set, fall short because we set them like we are making a wish to a genie in the bottle. The only genie in a bottle I’m wishing to is Christina Aguilera. Instead of wishing upon a goal, we need to set a goal with some emotion behind it.

  • Start by living the goal out in your head. 

Once the goal is written down, and yes we always write them down, start to picture how your life will be once that goal has been reached. How will you feel when that happens? What will it look like once that goal is reached? Picture it in detail. Get emotional about your goals.

  • Worry for the good. 

All too often we worry about what we don’t want to happen. In reality, we need to start worrying about what we do want to happen. After all, worry is, just an emotional response, albeit most worry is in negative form. Focus on changing that worry to positive form.  Use that emotion to get excited about reaching your goals.

  • Review your goals often

Its not enough to have the goals in your head. When I say review your goals often I mean read them from the source in which you have them written on. If you follow me on Instagram (insert shameless plug here), and are one of the 8 people who actually read my stories, then you have more than likely seen me rant about this before. (j/k 9 people read my stories, but I don’t always count myself).

REVIEW YOUR GOALS DAILY. REVIEW YOUR GOALS DAILY. REVIEW YOUR GOALS DAILY.

One way I make sure this happens is by writing my 5 main goals down on several post-it notes. This way I can have them scattered all over the place, my pockets, my car, my gym bag, my bathroom mirror, etc.

Another way to REVIEW YOUR GOALS DAILY. REVIEW YOUR GOALS DAILY. REVIEW YOUR GOALS DAILY is to put them in your phone. This works but I don’t really like it because I (1) think writing them in your own handwriting is important, and (2) tend to lose my phone for several hours (sometimes purposely) every day.

  • In Practice

Live the goal out in your head

Worry about the positive side of reaching the goal

REVIEW YOUR GOALS DAILY. REVIEW YOUR GOALS DAILY. REVIEW YOUR GOALS DAILY

REVIEW YOUR GOALS DAILY. REVIEW YOUR GOALS DAILY. REVIEW YOUR GOALS DAILY

REVIEW YOUR GOALS DAILY. REVIEW YOUR GOALS DAILY. REVIEW YOUR GOALS DAILY

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