Why Failing to Achieve a Goal is OK

Earlier this year I wrote about my big cycling goal for this year. I was aiming to ride 6,000 km in 2013 which was a huge step up for me. I used this goal to illustrate what I believe are the key steps in making sure a plan or goal comes to fruition.

I was confident of hitting my target and half way through the year I was on track.

What I didn’t contemplate or consider though, was what happens if I fail? A fall on my snowboard that finished with a broken wrist, resulted in almost 4 months off the bike. This was followed by a slow recovery and no chance of getting there by the end of the year.

This reminded me that it doesn’t matter whether your goal is riding 6,000 kms, losing 10kgs, saving for a holiday or retiring by age 55 – sometimes you’ll hit a roadblock or setback. It’s what you do next that is important. 

If it matters to you – don’t give up and move onto something else. Reset your goal and timeframe and refocus on what you need to do to get there. You really

(Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

only fail if you give up on it.

In 2014 I’ll get my 6,000 km target (in fact I’m secretly aiming for 7,000 km).

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