It Didn’t Go How You Planned

In 2011, I set a few goals for myself. It seems like most people I am talking to these days did the same. Some people even set some plans on what 2011 would be. Most people said that they’re plans didn’t work out. They usually say what I say when I give up on a goal. “I tried, but I just kept running into setbacks.” or “I start off with a goal, and I am successful for a little while, but then I stop. I can’t figure out why.” So the question remains, why didn’t you reach your goal the way you planned? Most likely, the answer is

“you got what you wanted.”

“No, I did not get what I wanted,” you say. Sure you did. I got what I wanted. I said that I wanted to work out every day, I wanted to weigh under 210 pounds, and I wanted to write my first book. Why didn’t I? I didn’t want to.

Seriously, if I wanted to, I would have done it. I do what I want to do. The truth is that at 10 pm, I would rather slip a hot dog in the microwave, grab a glass of coke, and chow down over an old episode of LOST, than achieve my goals. I got what I wanted.

So this year, I set a few goals. I won’t tell you what they are because Don Miller had this great post about not telling people your goals, because telling them will keep you from reaching your goal. (You can read it here.) Now, I am a day in on my goals, and so far so good. We’ll see what happens this year. I’m excited to see what I do with my goals. And hopefully, I’ll write a blog next January 2nd that tells you about how I met my goals. Last year didn’t go how I planned because I got what I wanted. However, I learned some things last year that might help this year. So here are some thoughts for you, if you’re like me and you didn’t reach your plan because you got what you wanted.

What if the goals you write down are what you really want? What would that feel like? What would it be like to accomplish your goals? What if you chose to create a BIG want for yourself (your goals), and decided that the things that hold you back are SMALL wants? If you could choose your BIG wants, what would they be? If you could choose what would be SMALL, what would that be?

Finally, how do you want to be remembered? You get to go around one time in life. Enjoy it, have fun, and do what you really want, not the little things that take the big time that you don’t want to give them. Next December may not look exactly like you planned, but then it again it might. And your plan and your want might look similar. Here’s to life! Let’s get to living!




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