Most people actually end up not achieving the goals they set for the year, even me. I traced this to some of the goal setting mistakes that I have found myself and noticed a lot of other people making as well.
SET YOUR GOALS:
A lot of years I actually talked about setting my goals and I actually didn’t get around to setting any goals at all. By January, there would be a lot of talking about goal setting. Somehow I just kept procrastinating and never got around to doing it. Although this is the festive season and there would be a lot of jollification but try as much as you can to get time alone to yourself.
SETTING YOUR GOAL HASTILY:
This is one of the major mistakes that I have made. Not actually taking out a lot of time to think about the goals and just writing something down. The goals that you truly desire to achieve cant be set in a hurry. Take your time to think about what achieving the goal means to you. The most important thing to start with is your ‘WHY‘. Your ‘why’ is what is going to sustain you when challenges show their face and it would also help you clarify your motives and save you from wasting your time and resources and things that don’t really matter.
SETTING TOO MANY GOALS:
Inherently, this is isn’t a problem, but sometimes it is better to choose a few things to focus on achieving first, you might experience scattered energy and actually get nothing done. Choose a few things that you want to focus on first. If you have a lot of goals that you have to achieve, you might also find it helpful to divide it into smaller blocks to achieve per time ( maybe per month or per quarter).
ITS NOT ONLY THE BIG GOALS, THE SMALL ONES TOO
Many times, we find it easier to focus on the big stuff like travelling to the moon! The smaller wins actually give room to the bigger wins. The smaller wins
WRITE YOUR GOALS WHERE YOU CAN FIND THEM AND SEE THEM
This is one mistake I made year-in and year-out. I wrote my goals in a book I can’t find until the year ends. Write your goals in a journal that you can keep near you all year round or better still write them in an online journal or maybe google document that you can always have with you all the time and refer to it as often as possible like everyday Or better still make a vision board (a vision board is basically putting your goals into picture) and put it up on your wall so that you can still it boldly.
DON’T SET ANY GOAL
Personally, you might be at a place where you don’t know what your goals are or what you really want to achieve in the coming year. There is no pressure, open up yourself to growth and to learn and it is not compulsory that you actually set your goals in January when most people are
YOU DON’T HAVE TO ANNOUNCE YOUR GOALS TO EVERYONE
There are two sides to this, talking about your gals can help you to be accountable to achieving your goals, but it is also advisable that you keep your goals to yourself and within your close circle and instead spend time on working on them instead rather than announcing to everyone. An announcement is always better after you have achieved the goals ( and even then its not important to announce it).
DON’T TRY TO DO ALL ALONE
I tried to achieve a lot of things on my own and i can say i got some level of success with it but that is not the best that I could have done. We weren’t made in live in isolation, there is so much that we can do as a team/community. Get a community of like-minded people that you can grow with and be encouraged by to achieve their goals. Remember that its not only a one sided thing but that you would be willing to genuinely help others achieve your goals as well.
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