You set your goal; you put it in writing and you made yourself accountable to others. But…you did not achieve your goal within the deadline you had set. Did you fail? Do you consider yourself a failure?
Firstly, no one usually plans to fail and there is no such thing as failure when it comes to improving your life. Failure is defined as “a lack of success” and as the “loss of ability to function normally.” Did you lack success? Did you lose the ability to function normally? Perhaps if a body part was affected that would apply, but in terms of achieving your goal you did not fail. It just means that your deadline had to be adjusted. In reality, if you took just one step forward towards reaching your goals, even if you did not complete all the steps, you moved forward…and that’s the key!
Rather than viewing each setback as a failure, view it as a temporary obstacle. Be careful not to let this obstacle stop you from continuing to reach out and attain the goals you’ve set for yourself and your business. This is the most damaging mistake a person can make. Instead, view this obstacle as a stepping stone that you can chose to use as your pivot to greater heights. Do not allow one, or maybe even many setbacks to stop you from reaching your overall goal. Remember the goal does not change; the deadline can be changed. Keep moving forward and you will achieve your goals. You will also be stronger for using the obstacle as an exercise to build your ‘muscles’ and lead you on the path to your success.