Last year, my friend and I set a goal to run a half marathon. We vowed to run together a few times a week until we were ready to spend a painful couple of hours running through the Jemez Mountains with real athletes.
Well, we ran together a couple of times. Then we got busy, and I kind of forgot about the goal.
Months later, I was having dinner with another friend who also loves running. My husband and I split a small buttermilk pie for dessert, and I was polishing it off when my friend, assuming I’d run the race, asked, “How was the half?”
My reply? “Delicious!”
But silently I cringed, knowing I’d missed yet another goal.
Sometimes, setting goals just isn’t enough
If I sat down and made a list of every goal I’ve set for myself, both personal and professional, it would be both embarrassing and sad.
I’ve set goals to publish novels, make more money, invent random thingamabobs, learn to square dance, and (because I need reminding) run every day. But I fall short.
Can you relate?
Before you get too down in the dumps about past goals, I want to tell you about something I learned from Sean Kaye. He is a marketer who never sets goals, yet always accomplishes the things he sets out to do.