Last year I wrote a book on goal setting.  I am now in the process of editing that book.  As I edit, I will post excerpts here on my blog.  This is from chapter two:


What if I fail to hit my goal?

You may set a goal and fail to hit it.

That happens.  But, isn’t it better to honestly say to yourself, “I tried.  I gave it my best shot.  I just didn’t make it.  Things didn’t work out the way I wanted.” 

Wouldn’t it be better to say something like that than to look back on your life and wonder what would have happened had you gone for it?

The great hockey player Wayne Gretzky once said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

Sure, you could take a shot and fail.  You could take many shots and fail.

But, what if you didn’t fail?  What if you hit your goal?

And, keep in mind.  Maybe you didn’t fail.  Maybe you set too short a deadline.  Quite often, I do not hit my goals on time.

When I do not hit a goal on time, when I miss a deadline, I simply extend the deadline and keep trying.

Remember, there are no unrealistic goals.  Only unrealistic deadlines.   


What if I can not come up with any goals? 

If you are having trouble coming up with goals, sit down and write a list of all the things you have wanted to do in your life.   Do not be shy.   No one else is going to see this list.

Once you have your dream list, pick something and pursue it.   

Here are some ideas.  You could:

  • Start a side hustle.
  • Learn a new skill. 
  • Learn to write. 
  • Learn video editing. 
  • Start blogging. 
  • Take a dance class. 
  • Improve your relationships with others. 
  • Meet new people.  Join a club. 
  • Start a new hobby. 
  • Take up running, or hiking.
  • Join a Toastmasters club in your town.   

Keep a journal of it all.  Track your progress.  Write down what you learn.

Start trying new things.  Eventually, you will find something you love, something you are good at, or something you can use to generate some income.   


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