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Published on January 9th, 2014 | by djprophetic

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Why We didn’t Achieve Our Goals Last Year

Why We didn’t Achieve Our Goals Last Year

Why We didn't Achieve Our Goals Last Year

I’m about to tell on myself in a major way! But the great thing is I’m going to expose some flaws and errors I’ve made in setting goals over the last several years. Hopefully you didn’t make some of the same mistakes I did; I’m asking that you PLEASE learn from my mistakes and don’t repeat them. If you’re the type that sets goals and has dreams, this insight will help you to stay on track and actually achieve those goals instead of leaving you to wonder how a whole year passed without you achieving what you set out to.

 

I’m yet to meet a person who doesn’t like New Year’s. Why? It represents a clean slate, a fresh start and a new beginning. Who doesn’t want a chance to put the past behind them and focus on a new endeavor? If you’re like me, you set goals or resolutions each year with the aim to achieve them, not for them to be set and forgotten. Well, let me give you an inside look on how I USED to set my goals.

 

About two years ago, I would set goals by writing them down putting them in a notebook and the goals would be really vague like “grow spiritually”… And the problem with goals like that is they’re not specific. How do I measure if I actually grew? So I learned that goals must be S.M.A.R.T– Specific, Measurable, Action- Oriented, Realistic, and Timely. Specific would be read the entire bible in a year and journal everyday, or go to the gym four times a week so that I can lose 20 pounds. Measurable means put a number on it; run two 5K’s this year, go on two vacations with my family, etc. Action-Oriented– what are you going to DO to accomplish this goal? Realistic– it has to be something that will stretch us but is also feasible, so that we know and believe that it can be done. Buying a Maserati when you don’t have a business or job isn’t realistic. Lastly, your goals must be Timely. Put a deadline on your goal and make sure there is enough time for you to complete it.

SMART Goals

Last year, I had the S.M.A.R.T goals part down but I was lacking one thing- a plan. I wrote this in a post last year

 

“Plans are so vital and without them you can’t succeed. I like the quote ‘if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.’ A plan clarifies your thoughts, it gives direction and it establishes each step to your success.”

 

So I had a plan for each of my goals last year with detail on how I was going to obtain them but I was lacking one thing….

 

The one thing I was lacking was COMMITMENT. Without a commitment, our best plans, defined S.M.A.R.T goals and a desire to achieve them are futile. I was doing a lot of the right things, but not adhering to the one thing that would have turned my goals in to reality. Commitment as it says in the dictionary is “a promise to be loyal to someone or something”. I admit, I’ve been disloyal to a lot of goals over the years, but this year is different because I am committing to my goals and dreams, rain or shine, sleet or snow.

What are you going to COMMIT to this year?

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