It's a new year so inevitably we're hearing lots of people talk about goal setting so I want to add to the chatter.
One method I've used when goal setting is to develop one big overarching goal, then break it up into smaller goals then break those smaller goals into action items.
When a goal is broken up this way it is much more likely to be achieved. This is because as the smaller action items get checked off you see progress and when you see progress, you keep going. When you build up momentum it is hard to stop.
But what happens when one of your action items doesn't go as planned?
My advice: write down all the reasons it didn't work, then write down another another way, then try it.
Just because one thing didn't work doesn't mean another won't. In fact, finding out what doesn't work might have been just what you needed to find something that does. Don't give up.
After all, we are all just guessing what will work to achieve the larger goal. These are just things we tell ourselves we need to do to reach the goal but I'm certain there's always another way too.