You fucked up on your New Year’s Resolutions already. It’s OK. I did too. See, the thing with setting big goals is you might not reach them in the time span you had originally intended. Or the scope of your project/goal might change.
For example, maybe your goal was to get fit. And your specific goal was to run a marathon at the end of the year. But you broke a toe (or pulled a muscle, or hurt your knee, or encountered any number of possible maladies) and that derailed your training. You could, of course, still have the get fit goal, but the scope might need to change based on the extent of your injuries. Maybe you can’t run anymore, but you can do pushups and other upper body exercises. In which case you can set a new goal to do 36,500 pushups. Or maybe you can still swim or ride a bike. In which case you can set a new goal to enter a swimming or bike race by the end of the year.
More likely what happened isn’t something so perfect. You probably didn’t hurt yourself or run into any real trouble. Except your own self. And that’s OK too.
I have a few standing goals, both personal and professional. One of my personal goals is to read 60 books this year. It’s an arbitrary number. At first it was to read 52 books (guesstimating 1 hour of reading per day), but January was a good reading month so I upped it to 60 to keep feeling the pressure of the challenge. (You can follow along on GoodReads.) Another goal was to write 1,000+ words/day. I did well on that for most of January, got sidetracked with something, and failed to reach it for most of the end of the month. I’ll still write more than 365,000 words this year, but it won’t come in a perfect package of 365 one thousand word days. No worries.
You’re allowed to start from scratch. Get back in the saddle on that proverbial horse and keep riding. You only run into trouble with New Year’s Resolutions (or any goals) when you let the guilt of failure hold you back from starting up again. “Well, it’s only February and I’ve already failed. I suck. This isn’t worth it. Maybe I’ll try again next year.” Loser mentality. Snap out of it.