Focus On What You DID Achieve Not What You Didn’t

Focus On The Positives

If you didn’t achieve all of your 2017 goals, fear not! Look at what you did achieve and build on it in 2018. You need to focus on the positives. 

I recently had my big planning day for 2018. Where I went through all of 2017’s goals and set new ones for 2018 that would help me reach my big boy goal: $1,000,000 by 03/12/2020.

If you want to see the process I went through. Here’s that post. It’s worth reading because it explains how my goals have shifted from financial freedom to helping motivate others with chronic illnesses to chase their goals. Anyway, that’s a different story…..

As I was going through my list of 2017 goals, I found I didn’t actually achieve many of them. Actually, I’ll re write that, I didn’t achieve any of them….

  • Save $25,000 by the 01/01/2018 – Not even close
  • Have OAKTRAV cleanly launched – Nope
  • Have Ulcerative Colitis in remission and gain 5kgs – First half yes, second half no

Really, I only achieved half of one goal that I set out to accomplish in 2017 but I don’t consider it a loss. Not even close. In fact, I consider it the most successful year of my life.

Why? Well if I focus on what I did achieve, I did more than I could imagine.

Here’s what I did achieve this year:

  • Paid off all debt.
  • Saved money for the first year ever.
  • Got my Ulcerative Colitis into remission.
  • Launched OAKTRAV and eventually got it ‘Bugless’ ready for GROWTH in 2018.
  • Quit drinking completely, which helped save money.
  • COMPLETELY changed my life and made the needed sacrifices in order to achieve my goals.
  • Started a blog on motivation and worked up the courage to share my message on Colitis, which is now starting to see some growth.

I did all of this BECAUSE I was working towards my goals. Here’s the thing, if your goals are big enough, they’re going to take longer than a year to reach. If you know what you’re working towards, you can start doing things that will get you there.

If you focus on the goals you didn’t reach then you’ll more than likely get in a mindset that you haven’t achieved anything. But if you focus more broadly, than the reality is, that you’ve probably made HUGE achievements.

So when looking back on 2017. Acknowledge the goals you didn’t achieve and plan to reach them in 2018 but have a good think about all the stuff you did achieve and how you would like to take those achievements to the next level.

Odds are you’ve done more than you think..

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