Some Goals May Not Be Achieved, And That’s OK.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about there being only six months left for us to achieve our goals for this year.  Are Your Year’s Goals Getting Achieved? Only Six Months Left In 2010!

Since then I have done some analysis of my own goals and I am quite happy about my progress this year.

Some I am not so happy about and I’ll have to really get moving on them to make them happen in the time lines I have commited to.

But, I am pretty well on track for most of the goals I set at the beginning of 2010.

Some of them have fell behind and some of those I have to question as to whether I really want them or not.

I may just let them fall away as I am not finding them to be important enough for me to give the effort they would need to be fulfilled.

This is perfectly acceptable to me to let these goals go, because I am going after other bigger goals and I want to minimize any distractions.

In January, I usually set my goals for the year and then I plan to achieve them in 11 months instead of 12, so I wind down in December for holidays and rewards.

Once I set my goals for the new year I go after them with gusto and enjoy every bit of the journey.

This year I did the same.

But just as I have found out, remember that some goals you set, may not be achieved.


You have to decide whether to re-commit and re-apply yourself to them, or let them fall away because of another priority goal that may conflict.

Maintain momentum and focus on what is most important to you. You may even postpone going after one goal in order to get another.

Anyway, I wanted to share that thought and a quote and poem with you.

This particular quote has been hanging over my desk where I can ponder it often.

This quote often reminds me that everything is possible, I can have whatever I want as long as I decide to have it and work towards it.

. . . And as long as I don’t distract myself with other conflicting things that will dilute my creative powers.


A good quote to remember . . .

William James of Harvard said, “If you would be rich . . . you will be rich. If you would be learned . . . you will be learned. If you would be good . . . you will be good.

But wish then for one thing exclusively, and don’t at the same time wish for a hundred other incompatible things just as strongly.”

— William James



And here’s that poem. It is a classic and you have probably read it before, but have you really internalized it?

Have you really taken it to heart?

My Wage
by J.B. Rittenhouse

I bargained with Life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at the evening,
When I counted my scanty store.

For Life is a just employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.

I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have willingly paid.

— J.B. Rittenhouse

How are you coming with your goals? What do you want to achieve this year? Have you written your goals out on paper?

Are you looking at them and reading them out every day, each morning, before you set out on your day’s plans.

Are they aligned so that each one helps build momentum and adds to the quality of your life?

Are there any goals you should let go because they conflict with more important goals?

See you next time. Go For It!