Avoid these common mistakes!
The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we hit it. – Michelangelo Buonarroti, Renaissance artist
John is reflecting on the last goal that he set for himself...
Everything started well – he was making progress, he felt great about what he was doing, and he was excited about future possibilities.
But then things unraveled.
The goal took longer to complete than he thought it would, and he became discouraged. And, because he didn't stop to look at what he had achieved, he lost his drive and focus. Before he knew it, the goal – and the opportunities it would have brought – were forgotten.
In this article, we'll look at some common mistakes that people make when they set goals . Learn how to recognize these mistakes, so that you can avoid making them yourself!
When you're exploring possible goals, you need to unleash your imagination and ambition, put your reservations aside, and dream big dreams. However, once you've decided on a goal, make sure that it is realistic, and that you can actually achieve it in the time frame that you have set for yourself.
For instance, if your goal is to run a marathon, it's wildly unrealistic to sign up for one next month, unless you've already done several months of training. Or, if your goal is to become CEO of a company, but you have no experience, this goal might not be practical – at least not yet!
To set realistic goals, use SMART Goal Setting strategies: make sure that your goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound.
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This ensures that you don’t lose your plan.
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