29 Nov The Top Goal Setting Pitfalls
When it comes to achieving your goals, the biggest hurdle is setting them first. Believe it or not, this is where many people fall short. You can’t achieve a goal that you have not set. That’s why I dedicate 4 whole days at the end of each year to set out my goals for the following year. This way I have my goals set ahead of time and have a clear idea of where I want to be throughout the coming year. If you do not invest time to set goals, you will always be playing catch up with no clear vision of where you need to be to stay on track.
How you choose your goal is also important. I always encourage my clients to go big with their goals. When you make your goal too attainable, you don’t challenge yourself to grow. The purpose of a goal is to help you make forward progress and it is okay if you do not achieve your goal, as long as it has created momentum for you to keep going. If your goal doesn’t make you excited and require you to step outside of your comfort zone, then you need to revise your goal and go for more.
With a goal that gets your heart pumping and your mind ready to execute, you have to stay committed and focused. How often have you set a goal in January and by March you have forgotten about your goal or have ditched it completely? The key is to be laser-focused on your goal, no matter what, and make sure your tasks and actions are all designed to push you toward achieving that goal. To ensure you stay committed to your goal, you should consider how your goals work with one another. In many cases, people make competing goals that are impossible to achieve at the same time. For example, if you set a personal health goal to run a marathon in six months and also have a business goal to book 15 new clients a month – these are both competing for your time. Can you realistically train for a marathon and spend more time finding new clients? Most likely one of the goals will “win” out and the other one will be left at the wayside. That is why it is important to look at your goals together and be honest about your time and energy.
But, first things first… if you have not made time to start shaping your goals for next year, then get something on your calendar today! With proper planning now, you can be focused, with a clear path to success well before the New Year.