So, what do you do if you don’t reach your goal in the timeframe you were hoping to?
First of all, don’t panic. Avoid going on a self-hate tirade which can easily be you first instinct. It’s not at all helpful.
Secondly, you have NOT failed. It is almost certainly going to be amongst your first thoughts but it simply isn’t the case.
Have a look at the goal you originally set for yourself and see if you can see a particular reason that you may not have gotten there in the timeframe you had hoped you would. Was your goal too ambitious? Did life circumstances make progress more challenging that you’d expected? Were there other setbacks that prevented you from progressing on schedule?
Whatever it is, it’s okay. It’s not the end of the world. Not at all. If fact, I’ll bet that you’ve made progress toward that goal, even if you’re not quite there yet.
Take the time to consider where you were when you first set your goal and where you are today. What steps DID you manage to take? What can you do now that you couldn’t do when you started? Unless you’ve done nothing at all in terms of working toward your goal, in which case you probably shouldn’t be all that surprised by not achieving it, progress will have been made.
Progress that HAS been made is what you need to be focusing on in this situation.
Sit down and set yourself a new goal with your new experiences in mind. It could be that you either simply revise your original goal date to allow yourself a bit more time or it could be that you opt to change it more dramatically to a whole new goal.
At the end of the day, it’s your journey, your rules and most certainly your goals. Don’t spend the whole time hating yourself. It’s not worth it. Just keep going and revise as you go when required.