The Goal: I told myself last night that I was going to get up extra early and go for a walk before work and then on my lunch hour, I was going to go by the dry cleaners, and then the bank and then the post office, and then on my way home from work I was going to stop by the gym for some exercise and then stop by the grocery store and then make dinner and then reorganize my closet and then clean my office.
The Reality: The only things I ended up doing were going by the grocery story after work and making dinner. And then feeling bad that I didn’t accomplish everything on my list.
The Goal: I will lose 20 pounds in two weeks.
The Reality: I didn’t even come close and got so upset with myself that I ate an entire sausage pizza and a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.
We so often make very ambitious goals- goals that require superhuman endurance and an extra 4 hours tacked on to the end of a day to make happen; goals so lofty they are doomed from the beginning.
And then, when we realize there is no way we can do them all, we berate ourselves as failures for not accomplishing them.
Goals are good things to have, necessary to our growth, but only if they are reasonable.
So, don’t set yourself up to fail. Make logical, attainable goals-make them manageable, and remember that goals are like promises you make to yourself.
So make sure it’s a promise you can keep.
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