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Do you ever struggle with achieving any of your goals? Are there any goals that you’ve been failing to achieve for a while? Do you find yourself getting off track a lot?
I’ve talked a lot before about tips for achieving goals. But over the past few years, since I’ve been focusing on self-improvement, I’ve failed at quite a few goals too. I’ve made mistakes, I’ve self-sabotaged, and I’ve just generally let obstacles get in my way.
There are tons of reasons why you might not be achieving your goals. But I decided to write a post from my experience – the reasons why I’ve realized that I failed at achieving goals.
So, in case you can relate, here are 11 goal setting mistakes you should avoid!
1- You’re waiting for the “perfect time.”
Waiting for the “perfect time” can derail pretty much anything. If you think you need more time, more money, a better education, or anything else in order to achieve your goal, you’re probably wrong. Of course, in some situations, you do have to wait for something. But more often than not, you can start where you are. Because the “perfect time” doesn’t exist. There’s never going to be a perfect time. You just have to get started now and do the best with what you have. Now is better than later!
2- You’re not writing them down.
I actually published a whole post about this a while back (you can read that here) but writing down our goals is important! It sounds super simple and maybe even unimportant, but it’s actually good for us. It has so many positive effects such as helping you be more clear about what you want, helping you commit to the goal more, keeping you on track, and more. Pull out a piece of paper or a planner and actually write down all of your goals. Then keep it somewhere handy so you can pull it out whenever you need to.
3- You’re not setting SMART goals.
If your goals are super unclear or vague, it can be hard to achieve them. Goals such as “make more money” or “read more books” are a problem because you don’t really have anything specific to aim for. Goals like “make an extra $1,000 per month by freelance writing” or “read 1 book per month” are better goals, right? That’s why setting SMART goals is the most effective way to do it. I wrote a whole post about 8 steps to setting SMART goals that you can read right here if you need some help!
4- You’re not setting actual goals.
Goals should be challenging. They should help us grow and actually achieve something important to us. They’re not supposed to be simple little things that are easy to achieve – those are tasks. Your goals can be simple, but they shouldn’t be too small. If you’re aiming too low, you won’t feel super good when you achieve your goals. You also won’t be challenging yourself.
5- You’re being unrealistic with your goals.
I’m super guilty of this one! Being unrealistic with your goal setting is just setting yourself up for failure. Goals like losing 30 pounds in a month are too unrealistic. That’s probably not going to happen and if it does, something’s probably wrong. Can you actually accomplish the goal that you’re trying to accomplish? Can you do it in the time frame that you’re giving yourself? Like I said before, goals should be challenging and somewhat big – but they should also be realistic and achievable.
6- You don’t have plans for your goals.
It’s easy to say that you want to achieve something but it’s hard to achieve it when you don’t know how to. You might struggle with achieving your goal because you didn’t create an action plan to achieve it. What exact steps do you need to take to get it done? Make a well thought out step-by-step plan for achieving your goal. Then purchase a good planner like this one (my favorite) and do something every day to work toward achieving the goal.
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7- You’re not checking in on them.
Goal check-ins are super important. You should be tracking and checking on all of your goals! If you’re going off-track, neglecting a goal, or doing really well with a goal, you need to know. Sometimes we don’t realize that a goal is taking way longer than it needs to and we need to get our butt in gear. Or we’re feeling discouraged because we don’t realize that we’re making amazing progress on a goal and deserve a reward. Tracking goals helps us to both stay encouraged or get back on track. It can drastically increase our chances of achieving them.
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8- You’re not spending enough time on them.
If we’re not focused and dedicated to our goals, they’re going to be pretty stinkin’ tough to achieve. You might feel like you’re making progress because you spend so much mental energy thinking about the goal. But have you actually taken serious action toward achieving it? Maybe you’re too distracted, too unmotivated, or too lazy. Whatever the reason, maybe you need to shift your priorities and start spending more time on your goals if they’re important to you.
9- You’re spending too much time on them.
Not spending enough time on our goals can get in the way of achieving them, but so can working on them too much. Burnout is real and no one is immune to it. If we have a huge goal, it can be easy to throw our whole selves into it. Motivation and hard work are both definitely good things, but we need breaks and proper self-care as well. It’s all about balance!
10- You don’t want it badly enough.
Sometimes we think we want something but we really don’t. Maybe we’re setting goals because we feel like we should, or because someone we look up to has that goal. Maybe it’s not the right goal for us, though. I’ve been guilty of this one! Maybe you’re not achieving a goal simply because you just don’t really want to. So take a minute to actually think about whether or not your goals are right for you, or if maybe you should set a few new ones instead.
11- You’re giving up.
When things get too hard or we feel like we can’t achieve something, it can be tempting to just give up. Maybe you felt like it was all just too much – and that’s okay. But if you’re going to give up, think it through first. If you seriously contemplated it and felt like giving up was the best option, then that’s the right thing to do. But if you really want to achieve that goal and you think it’s worth the hard work and dedication, get back up and keep going. There’s nothing wrong with giving up, but make sure that it’s the right choice first!
Do you need to work on any of these goal setting mistakes? Leave a comment and let me know!