Everywhere you turn in 2022, you see another success story. Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, you name it, and you’ll see endless connections posting about their accomplishments and good fortune. These people made a goal and achieved it.
Social media can make the process seem simple – but it’s hard work – and your personal journey is bound to be unique. You don’t often see the struggles behind each individual’s success posts. You’ll rarely, if ever, see a post about a goal not reached, giving the illusion of high-rate achievement. The truth is, everyone is unsuccessful at some point in their lives, and certainly more often than social media would like you to think. Did you know that Michael Jordan didn’t make it onto his high school’s basketball team? Yet he is now one of the most famous players in the world – and he even misses shots from time to time.
Even still, we know there can be plenty of negative emotions surrounding us when we don’t meet our goals. Getting back up when you’re feeling down can be difficult. This doesn’t mean you should give up! You now have that much more experience and your new strategy will be greater than ever.
So, what do you do when you’ve failed to meet a goal?
Analyze What Happened
Why did you not achieve the goal? Specifically what went wrong? Treat this as feedback – you can’t improve unless you know what doesn’t work. You may have to ask yourself some difficult questions in this process to understand what happened. Did you overwork yourself and burn out? Did you procrastinate? Was your goal realistically achievable? Once you understand why you weren’t successful, the process of getting back on your feet will be less foggy.
Do Your Research
At this point, you know what went wrong. So, how do you not make the same mistake again? Hard work alone won’t do the trick – you have to be working the right way. For some, this may take the form of a coach or mentor. If your goal is financial, consider finding a financial coach or financial planner. If you prefer the self-directed approach, research what others have done to achieve similar goals through books, classes, and workshops.
Make a Game Plan
Once you’ve formed a better understanding of what went wrong and how you can prevent future mishaps, it’s time to make a plan. When you’re forming plans to achieve your goals, remember the STAR acronym: Specific, Timely, Attainable, and Relevant. In other words, be realistic! Great change happens gradually over time. Create actionable steps for yourself to move towards your goals in baby steps, not sprints.
Most importantly, give yourself credit. It’s not easy to make changes, and it’s even harder to get up and try again after failing. Even if you don’t often see it from those around you, it’s common – and completely normal – to fail. But when you start again and reignite those goals, it’s no longer a failure. Instead, it’s progress. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day – and neither is your success, financial or otherwise.