The #1 Reason Why Goal Setting Fails
The beginning of this new decade 2020 marks a chronological milestone.
It inspires people to take stock and reflect more deeply about their successes and failures.
To think about the experiences that they would like to avoid in the future.
And to stretch towards goals that are currently just out of reach.
This is good, natural human progression.
But, have you ever had the experience of getting all fired up and set yourself some important new goals, only to find that you were unable to achieve what you wanted to create?
The consequence of having such a disappointing experience can derail your confidence in your ability to change your current situation, and may even convince you to give up trying.
Therefore, I want to let you in on a little-known secret that hardly anyone understands about the principle of goal setting.
But, before we get to that, there are a few basics to cover off regarding the process of setting yourself up for success.
The first 5 elements of successful goal setting.
- Write down your goals.
- Be very specific.
- Prioritise your goals.
- Realistically assess the timeframe for each goal to occur.
- Revisit each goal and be very sure that you can deal with the consequences of manifesting this goal into your life.
For a start, I am going to suggest that you choose only 2 very short-term goals.
Make your first goal something that you wish to achieve in one weeks’ time. Make this first goal something that you can realistically achieve in this timeframe. It must be something that you really want and, with a bit of effort, you can make happen.
Make your second goal a little harder to attain, something that will stretch your belief system and comfort zone a bit. Don’t make it too difficult, though. Aim for a month, but no longer, to be able to manifest this goal.
Why only 2 short-term goals?
It is really important for your confidence, to begin with goals that are easier to manifest. This initial success is key, as once you get that wonderful feedback regarding your ability to master a couple of goals, it will inspire you to push the boundaries a little harder.
It’s also important to have a bit of practice – because the next stage of achieving bigger goals requires more focus and discipline.
This is the stage where many people fail.
But it’s not because things get really tough.
It happens because they do something that is guaranteed to sabotage their effort…
It’s so simple it’s CRAZY!!
They tell others about what they’re trying to achieve!
In talking about your dreams you, unwittingly, open yourself wide to the negativity, envy and judgment of other people.
You invite criticism and comment that has the ability to completely undermine your confidence and self-belief.
If you are serious about changing your circumstances, keep the energy close and do not share the details of your goals with anyone.
PS: If you feel inspired to try this approach to goal setting, I’d love to hear how you get on, or answer any questions you may have.
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