When a person sets a goal (big or small), and fails to meet it by their deadline, how do they react? It depends on their perspective. I missed a big goal last month. Was I slightly disappointed? Yes. Has it crippled me? No. I am still determined to get it done. I was actually filled with so much gratitude because so many of my team members achieved their goals, and the energy that was created will continue into this month to fuel everyone’s business.
I did not change the goal to fit the deadline. I played full out until the end. When you bring it until the end, even if you didn’t make the goal, you feel like you’ve won. You have momentum that continues to build, and that is an AMAZING feeling.
If you stop before the deadline though, and then give up on achieving it at all? The pain of regret is worse than the pain of failure, and can stop you in your tracks. We’ve all been there, knowing that we could have done something more. However, dwelling on the past and beating yourself up about it does not serve anyone. Move on and decide to do it better.