Avoid These Catastrophic Goal Setting Mistakes

by Alex Work - Date: 2010-09-17 - Word Count: 457 Share This!

These goal setting mistakes will stop you before you've even had a chance to give your goal a proper attempt. We've all wasted time doing things we later learned were wrong. What if you were given the chance to make sure that your goal setting was error-free from the very beginning?

1. You Beat Yourself Up When Things Go Awry. This happens to us all-we plan and hope for something, and when it doesn't happen, we begin to believe all those nasty little things we think about ourselves. I'm not good enough. I don't deserve it. Success is for the elite, not for me. Again, this comes down to battling your ego, and making yourself as objective as you possibly can. Learn from your mistakes. Understand where things fell apart, and ruthlessly apply this lesson to the future. Remember, it wasn't a mistake when you were doing it. It only became one because of the outcome.

2. Not Sitting Down and Taking a Few Minutes to Visualize What Your Goal Looks Like. Not having the concrete visualizations of your own end-game leaves your goal feeling hazy, out of reach, and distant. Take several minutes, close your eyes and focus on absolutely nothing else but what achieving your goal will look like. If you want to get even more detailed, write out a paragraph-length description. Outline everything about the scenario, where you will be, what you will be wearing, how you will feel, and how you will celebrate your personal moment of triumph.

3. You are Failing to Make it Bigger than Yourself. Many people crave to make lots of money and become financially independent, but many-if not most, could tell you what they would do with it. Attach a deeper sense of purpose to your goal by making it bigger than yourself. For example, instead of simply saying that you want to be wealthy, detail how you could provide some sort of benefit to the community. If your goal is to lose weight and become extraordinarily fit, start a blog detailing your journey so that you can inspire others to start living healthy as well.

4. You're Wanting to Achieve Your Goal for a Dubious or Flimsy Reason. Maybe achieving your goal will give you the respect, fear or love from somebody. Maybe you even expect achieving this goal to be the cool thing to do. When you face a goal like this, where you aren't completely sold on your motivations for going through with it, you need to take a moment to look deep within yourself and honestly ask yourself if this is something you want. At the end of the day, people's respect and feelings are fickle, and we all know how often fads or what's cool actually last.

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