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You may have set a goal to lose 10 pounds, but lost just two. You failed. No, not really. You actually succeeded in losing 2 pounds. You didn't lose as much as your goal, but you still lost.
The problem with goals is that we can look at them as all or nothing. Either we reach the goal, or we failed. Either we made our quota, completed a project or met a deadline, or we didn't.
The reality is much different. We may have made great strides. We may have progressed much further than we would have before we set that goal even though the actual goal was not achieved.
Avoid all or nothing
Don't buy into the all or nothing mindset. Embrace what you have accomplished. Celebrate the short term victories. Be glad you have made the progress you have made, and reset your goals for the next month and the next, and so on.
Goals are guides, not gods. Goals help push us, but they shouldn't punish us.
Embrace your progress
Keep setting goals, but embrace the progress you make even when you don't reach them.
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