Setting goals is easy – you just need to take a piece of paper and quickly write down what you want to achieve, right? Wrong! If you want to truly set your goals in a way that guarantees that you will follow through, you need to put a lot of thought in formulating them.
The following four goal-setting mistakes are very common and often become the key reasons why people fail to reach their goals. Try to avoid them by all means!
Not setting well-defined goals
Many people fail to define the goals well. When you write down your goals, make sure that you formulate them well. Make them specific and clear. Non-specific goals like “I want to be successful” or “I want to be rich” are too generalized and vague, which makes them difficult to follow. Try to be specific when you formulate your goals. Instead of saying “I want to be rich” try to specify a certain number that you want to earn in a year.
Too many goals at once
It is understandable to want to reach all of your goals at once but you need to be patient. Setting too many goals is overwhelming. Instead, define your goals into loнg-term goals and short-term goals with a clear connection between them. Start by focusing on the short-term goals and walk your way through the list step by step.
No execution strategy
Having well-defined step-by-step execution strategy to achieve your goals is what separates them from being just dreams. If you fail to specifically define the roadmap to success, you may struggle with the achievement of the goals. In the end, your actions take you closer or further to success, not the words written on paper.
Create an execution strategy with clear steps to follow and specific time frame. Use this strategy as an action plan and follow it religiously.
Understanding the difficulty
Failing to understand how difficult it is to achieve a certain goal often is a reason for failure. Some goals are easily achievable, others not so much. Try to be realistic when you set the goals and never underestimate its difficulty.
If you underestimate the difficulty of the goal, you may feel disappointed when the results don’t come as fast as you thought and eventually give up. Plan carefully and realistically, stick to your execution strategy, and sooner or later you will get there.