Goals takes us in the direction of our dreams. They provide a blueprint of sorts that allows us to travel from point A to point B in a succinct fashion. So, what goes on when something else commands our attention or gets in the way of us achieving our goals? How are we to recover from such a disruption so that we don’t lose sight of the proverbial prize we’ve been working so hard to accomplish?
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to life but there are ways to recover quickly from setbacks that may resonate with you. After all, you’re the person who best knows the why behind your decision to set a goal in the first place. You also know the things that drive and motivate you to be your very best at all you do.
Know the Why Behind Your Goals
Having a clear idea of what you want and why you want it will help you overcome challenges and keep plugging away at your goals. That’s why it’s important to turn inward and ask yourself, “Why is this still important to me?”. You may also want to dig deeper by pondering “Has my goal changed and if it has, what can I do to adapt to those changes?”.
Doing so gives you a better idea of what you’ll expect from yourself in upcoming days. It also allows you to cherry pick tools and solutions that best meet your needs by adding to your success. When you’re able to custom-fit goals to match your heart’s desires, you’re less likely to give up when the going gets tough.
Take for example, your health. Say you want to improve how you feel physically. You start by addressing your body’s needs for hydration, movement, rest, and contact. Then you choose one thing to work on exclusively until the habit sticks.
You start carrying a refillable water bottle with you wherever you go because you learned that many Americans suffer from chronic dehydration despite having access to clean drinking water at all times. You also lower your carbon footprint because you produce less waste from avoiding store-bought bottled water. Your finances also benefit because you’re no longer purchasing H2O from the store yet you always have a cold drink of water available.
Focus on the Things You Have Choices Over
By focusing on the things you can control and rerouting your course when you stray, you’re able to achieve goals that other people can’t master. You’re focused on the prize which you receive once you’ve met or surpassed the goal. You have a clear path to your dreams.
Now that you know what it takes to recover quickly from a setback, you’ll experience fewer of them. When something unforeseen does happen, you’ll be able to change your approach and quickly get through the problem with ease. You’ll be more resilient and better able to handle everything that life throws at you without ultimately sacrificing your dreams.
That’s what we call winning all the way around!