Common Mistakes In Setting Personal Goals

By Ronald M. Dickson

Setting personal goals require a lot from you simply because achieving goals means success and success does not come so easily. You need to work hard on it, be determined, have faith, know and apply relevant and smart strategies, and so on. You also need to be aware of errors that might hinder you from reaching your goals.So, make sure you avoid the following common mistakes in setting personal goals.

You need to be ambitious but it is practical to start modestly. It is not necessary to come up with goals that are too vague or enormous. It is possible to be overcome by lofty aspirations and quit prematurely without attaining anything. Be aware of possible stumbling blocks so you will know how to cope when these come along unexpectedly.

Another example of a goal that implies something negative is "stop staying up late." One positive way to rewrite this is to "go to bed early." Negative goals are not emotionally uplifting. Such goals may give you a harder time focusing and working on them. Rephrase any of your negative goals so they will sound positive.

Proceed according to stages. This is the purpose of the plan that was mentioned earlier. You need to set your goals in small components complete with the time and date for finishing each phase; the amount of work that has to be done; the details of the plan; and your observations. In other words, your objectives should be broken down in doable steps. If possible write your goal down on a piece of paper or encode the whole plan and save it on your computer. This will serve as your daily reminder of schedules, activities and intentions. Always make this conspicuous so you will never forget your goals.

They fear criticism. Some people do not want to be criticized. They hold back from setting good goals because sometimes other people tell them that they will never reach them, or they will just waste their money, effort, and time. You cannot avoid people who give destructive criticisms instead of those that can motivate you. However, you can do something to minimize the negative things you hear. You can surround yourself with people who also know the importance of goals. Be with people who have set or reached goals. And if you still receive criticisms, one way or another, use them as your stepping stones instead of stumbling blocks.

They are afraid to fail. Most people refuse to set goals because they are scared of failure. Fear of failure can be the greatest obstacle towards success. If you do not overcome your fear, you will never be successful in personal goal setting simply because people naturally avoid that which they fear the most. You must find out why are you terrified of failing then think of ways that will help you beat that fear. You need to be stronger than your fear.

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