Are you feeling a little down because you didn’t achieve your goals this year?
Perhaps there’s one or two things that are still unchecked on your to-do list from the beginning of the year. Or maybe there’s even more!
And now you’re feeling stressed out and like a complete failure!
After all, there’s no way you’re going to accomplish those goals before the year ends.
Well, here’s the thing… You certainly aren’t alone. We’ve all been there before. I definitely don’t achieve every last goal each year. And there’s nothing wrong with that. What’s important here is that you turn those perceived failures into learning experiences.
What to Do if You Didn’t Achieve Your Goals This Year
So, what exactly are you supposed to do with that list of goals you didn’t make happen? Do you just rip it into shreds out of frustration? Cry over the list of unchecked boxes staring you in the face? Nope, neither of those! Instead, we’re going to make this a positive lesson.
1. First, Don’t Beat Yourself Up Over It
When you come to the end of the year and reflect on all the goals you set out to achieve, it can feel a little discouraging if you weren’t able to accomplish them all. But here’s the reality, it happens to each and every one of us. Despite what social media may appear to tell you, we aren’t perfect. We haven’t had perfect years. And we certainly haven’t all achieved every last one of our goals.
Unfortunately, people aren’t on social media talking about their failures or mistakes. They aren’t sharing half-finished to-do lists. They’re only giving you the highlight reel, which makes you think they have all of their shit together. But this simply isn’t the case. And all that Instagram scrolling that leaves you comparing yourself to everyone else is messing up your mind.
You start beating yourself up over failing to hit all of your goals. But in reality, that’s not what you need to be doing. You need to learn from it. And how exactly do you learn from those little flops and do better next time? Well, that brings me to this second point…
2. Determine Why You Didn’t Achieve Your Goals
Knowing what stopped you from reaching specific goals will help you prevent it from happening in the future. So, I want you to ask yourself why you didn’t achieve that big goal this year. Was there something that stopped you from getting the results you wanted? There could be a number of things that held you back and now is the time to figure it out.
Here are some examples:
- There were just too many goals on your plate this year because you failed to prioritize what truly mattered.
- The goals you set out to achieve were too vague, leaving you without a clear path to take.
- You didn’t plan effectively and therefore never allotted yourself enough time to accomplish the goal.
- You started, but some mistakes or mishaps prevented you from achieving your end result.
- A lack of accountability meant you weren’t inspired to just do the work.
- You held yourself back from making it happen because of your own fears or limiting beliefs. Maybe you felt like you weren’t good enough or you feared failing.
- Or it could be that you simply forgot all about that goal you jotted down at the beginning of the year.
Either way, you have to figure out what stopped you from getting to where you wanted to be. Then, you can make sure it doesn’t happen again.
3. Review Your Mindset & Habits
Now that you know why you didn’t reach that goal (or two) you had on your to-do list at the beginning of the year… It’s time to see if your current mindset and habits are serving you or hurting you. Unfortunately, sometimes we are our own worst enemies. And the reason you didn’t achieve your goals this year is simply because of you.
Answer the following questions:
- What kind of person do I need to become in order to achieve this goal? What kind of habits should I have? How should I feel and act to make it my reality?
- If I continue going down the same path I’m on, will I ever reach that goal? Are my current habits sufficient enough to make it happen?
- If not, what changes do I need to make with my mindset and daily habits to help me get where I want to be?
Seriously take some time to answer those questions right now. No excuses, my friend! This is your opportunity to dive deep and really figure out what’s holding you back. And this is especially important if you find you often struggle to reach your goals. Once you know the type of mindset and habits that are essential in making your goals a reality, you can start making the appropriate changes.
4. Make Sure Your Future Goals Excite You
If your goals don’t excite you and leave you wanting to jump out of bed every morning, something needs to change. (Okay, well, you’re still going to have those mornings where you hit snooze 10 times.) But for real… You want goals that you’re passionate about and look forward to working on. If your goals don’t excite you, you will find every single reason possible to procrastinate. And well, you aren’t going to get anywhere with an attitude like that.
Never set goals that you think you’re supposed to achieve. We often get so caught up in what everyone else is doing that we begin to feel we should do the same things. But the truth is, it doesn’t matter what someone else has set out to achieve. So what if she wants to launch her first online course this coming year. It doesn’t mean that you have to create a course if it’s not where your heart is. Do what lights you up.
5. Find Someone to Hold You Accountable Going Forward
Sometimes all we need is a little accountability to light a fire under our butts. I mean, you don’t want to let your accountability partner down, do you? Having someone to support you along the journey is going to make a huge difference in your long-term success. Find someone who you really click with and ask if she wants to be accountability partners for the next year. You can bond over how you didn’t achieve your goals this year and create plans to make the next year even better.
6. Create a Plan to Make Big Things Happen
Finally, you need to create a plan of attack for all of those new goals. Because failing to plan is planning to fail. Yep, gotta through a cheesy motivational quote in there! But it’s the truth! If you don’t have a plan in place, things are more likely to fall apart right before your eyes. This is why you have to prepare and keep your goals top of mind throughout the year.
I actually have a blog post all about this, which you should definitely check out! In it, I share my top tips for setting goals and achieving them. This will break down the goal process so you can reach every last one of them with ease in the year ahead. And you’ll be able to decrease your changes of crying because you didn’t achieve your goals next year. But if you find yourself in the same boat, you can always come back to this post!