Behaviors That Harm Your Success Series- You Are Setting Goals the Wrong Way
You Are Setting Goals the Wrong Way
4 Ways You Are Goal Setting Wrong
Set unrealistic goals. Brainstorming ideas is a fabulous way to unleash your creativity and help you get set up for achieving your dreams. When you live in that grand dream, you could be setting yourself up for failure. Why? Because you also need to be realistic. Let’s say you want to run an ultramarathon in the next six months, but you haven’t run a 5k, 10k, or marathon. That may be unrealistic.
Choose goals that please others. Mom wants you to be a doctor. Dad votes for you to be a lawyer, but you want to be a graphic designer and live life on the road. What do you do? If you try to make your parents happy, you will wind up miserable, and you won’t enjoy the success you hoped for.
Underestimate how long it will take to achieve said goals. Just like you need to be realistic in the type of goals you set, you should also be realistic on how long it will take you to achieve them. We often think we know how long something will take, but it usually takes much longer. For example, double it if you think it will take you 30 days to lose 30 pounds.
Don’t learn from the setbacks along the way. You will have setbacks, and you should expect them. However, if you get caught up in the apparent ‘failure,’ you miss the opportunity to grow. Accept that you will have those times when it feels like you are getting nowhere with your goals. Avoid the desire to curl up in a ball under your desk. Assess the situation, learn from it, and then keep moving forward.
Give yourself a better chance at reaching your goals when you stop setting goals the wrong way. Be realistic about the type and time. Choose those goals you want to accomplish and then learn from any setbacks. You will be headed toward success and enjoying every minute of it.