Ever found that some things can get in the way of your goal?

January 21, 2015
Missed goal dates, Run Donna Run, Donna Campisi

It’s funny how some things in life can creep up unexpectedly and stop you in your tracks. These last few week I have seen this occur a number of times with people around me and hey, I’ve even been there too.

I speak a lot about goal setting and following your dreams and making goal dates – that is a big one for me. I believe setting dates is important to reach a goal…but what if something gets in the way? Some things that appear out of our control.

Over the last week or so, these things have occurred from various areas that include: health, work, money, injuries, etc. But there are many areas that we can all relate to in some way that would be considered a stumbling block to get in the way of our goal. Things like relationships, family, other important commitments or even lack of commitment and enthusiasm. Maybe the goal isn’t really that important to you.

I remember a friend a few years back, battling a goal that she was struggling to achieve, she put dates on it and worked sooo hard to reach these goal posts, but somehow missed them.

This was frustrating to watch, as I knew deep down what she was aiming for wasn’t really what she was passionate about. This goal that she set for herself was actually set by someone else for her, and she just went along with it thinking that it was what was expected of her, with an attitude of “I suppose this will do” (as in the goal).

When she finally came around and stepped back and looked at the bigger picture, she saw she was not heading in the direction of her purpose where her heart was truly in it. This can be a stumbling block in itself!

But this past week I have noticed the unexpected hurdles that have stopped people, and some negative effects that this can leave on them, their goal, their purpose and those around them.

So, let me ask you this, what if something serious stops you or takes priority over your goal to steer you in another direction? Would it be the end of the world? Would that planning, practice, baby steps, whatever! Whatever you did to lead you to your goal be a waste of time? No! Find the good in what you have achieved or not achieved from that experience.

So my friend finally found her real goal and direction that she had her heart set on to fulfill her purpose. What a relief!

What if you are super passionate? And you are not able to get to your goal for any reason? Whether it be a health issue, injury, money, etc. It’s not the end of the world!

Step back! Look at the bigger picture! You can reset a date, or hey even start all over again like my friend did!

I love this quote, I want to leave you with this and hope that it puts a smile on your face: “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Do you understand?” – Capt. Jack Sparrow; Pirates of the Caribbean.

The Power is in Me!…it’s in You too!

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8 commnets on “Ever found that some things can get in the way of your goal?

  1. ShalaMichelle says:

    Thanks Donna, that’s exactly right. Great to set goals and dates to reach them by, but all is not lost if the date passes by without having reached it. Sure, you may have to start again, or reasses and set a different pathway to that goal, but that’s life, not the end of the world. I like your attitude, Donna, keep up the great work! 🙂

  2. Thanks ShalaMichelle, great to hear from you too 🙂

  3. Christel says:

    This makes me think of two sayings: “If you really want something you’ll find a way, if not you’ll find an excuse”, but also,”Life is what happens while we’re busy making other plans.” Setting goals is great because it helps you take action and helps to motivate but as you say sometimes things happen that we don’t always have control over and it’s important to look at what we have gained through setting the goal, regardless of whether or not we achieve it It’s not always the finish line that counts. I signed up for the Paris Marathon with my mother to do it in 2014. I didn’t end up doing it due to illness, but my mother did. It was a hard thing for me to know that I failed and then to see her achieve that. But it took stepping outside of my own head and problems to see what was gained, despite the fact that I didn’t complete it. My mum achieved this amazing thing that she wouldn’t have done had I not said we should both sign up. She probably wouldn’t have come to Europe and traveled around if she didn’t have that goal. It has also given me more drive to complete the Paris marathon in the future. There are always good things that come out of any situation.

  4. Thanks Christel, as I was reading this the thought that came to me was exactly what you said at the end “It has also given me more drive to complete the Paris marathon in the future.” The fact that you could see it from the outside, see the bigger picture, and as you say “step outside your head” is a huge thing that I applaud you for. This is sometimes difficult for us to do.
    I don’t see it as you failed! I see you as a awesome daughter for giving your mum those opportunities. Congrats to your mum! 🙂 and you for motivating her.
    AND all the best with your Paris Marathon 2016 goal Christel! I am sooo excited for you 🙂

  5. I love that you quoted Jack Sparrow haha!! I am someone who has far too many exicting goals and not enough hours in the day to make them all happen. It can be frustrating, but it gives me a very fun and interesting life. The only way I can be at peace however is to realise that my goals are in various stages of progress, rather than on track to success. Which i know would drive some people crazy – but it works for me. It is all about the journey after all!

  6. Thanks Serena, you reminded me of wise words someone told me when I first started training for my marathon challenge, he said “Donna, remember to enjoy the journey too…” I’m glad it works for you 🙂

  7. I had a few tears at the end of last year when my goals didn’t come close to being achieved. It took me many weeks to get over it and make a new plan. But a new plan is never a sign of failure – it’s just an opportunity to achieve something else. I’m sure my original goal will work out but it’s gonna take a few more years yet!

  8. Good to know you’re not giving up Tracey! 🙂 Awesome idea, make a new plan…great to hear from you 🙂

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