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Goal-Setting Alert – Mistakes You Must Avoid
- Your goal setting is something you do once a year – at the New Year.
- You set goals, but you don’t achieve them. Without realising it, you build up the belief that you are not good at achieving goals.
- You don’t spend enough time taking stock of how your life currently is so that you can be clear on what you would prefer instead.
- You don’t take enough time to think about what it is you really, really want.
- You set impossible goals or you have too many goals.
- You don’t put your goals into writing.
- You don’t think through the specific metrics of your goal – ie, your goal is too general.
- Your goal is far too large for you to achieve. You have not broken it down into smaller more manageable goals.
- The goal is outside your control and influence – you could never make it happen on your own.
- Your goal is a ‘should’ goal and not a ‘must’ goal.
- You don’t know ‘why’ you want your goal.
- You don’t spend enough time working out the possible difficulties and downsides to achieving your goal.
- You don’t have a plan, an effective course of action.
- You don’t take enough action. Make it a goal to take more action.
- You don’t think through, or take the time to find, the resources that you need to achieve your goal.
- You don’t go where you need to go, contact who you need to contact, get what you need to get, do what you need to do.
- You don’t develop the skills you need to reach your goal.
- You don’t believe: “This is Possible” and “I want to do this” and “I can do this” – the three core beliefs behind setting goals and achieving them.
- You have a clash of values. For example, security is more important to you than risk, and you set a goal that requires high risk.
- You are just not the kind of person to achieve the kind of goal you set.