The 6 Biggest Goal Setting Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid

1. Not being specific enough –

Knowing the details of your goals make it easier for you to be motivated to achieve those goals. To accomplish the specificity aspect of goals, consider the 5Ws and H. 

  • Who: Who is or will be needed in the pursuit of this goal?
  • What: What do you need to accomplish exactly?
  • Where: Is there a specific place/location that is relevant for the accomplishment of this goal?
  • When: Set a time-frame for the execution of your goal.
  • Why: Why do you need to accomplish this goal? Is there meaning/purpose in pursuing this goal?
  • Which: Are there any threats or constraints standing in your way of accomplishing this goal?
  • How: Have some steps to achieve each goal.

2. Being too specific –

In contrast, being overly specific can impede you from reaching your goals. For example, if things start to change course and those specifics aren’t met, it can become very tempting to stress and to change the natural course towards the planned one.

While having specifics can be very beneficial, it's important to be flexible to changes and adjust yourself accordingly.

3. Not making them measurable – 

Each goal should have some sort of system to measure its progress and success. Ask yourself: when will I know that this goal is accomplished? Using qualitative and quantitative measures is indicated. Things like: number of units or satisfaction of the customer are important to consider when setting a system of progress and success measurement. Decide on your system of measurement for each goal. 

4. Are they attainable? –

Do you have what it takes to achieve your goals? Take some time to consider all aspects that contribute to goal achievement – financial stability, the right attitude, credibility, hard skills, soft skills, personality traits, etc. Analyze where you stand and your remaining needs, and make the necessary changes.

5. Lack of Confidence –

Being confident in your goals and your will to accomplish them is key. No one will believe in you as much as YOU can believe in yourself. Your personal belief, awareness and confidence in yourself are important. Your thoughts will slowly, but surely, become your actions and behaviours... While being realistic about your resources is important, you have to also keep your spark - your almost unconditional faith in yourself - alive.

Not feeling especially confident? Try a power pose! ... They really work. 

6. Lack of Deadlines –

Having a time frame can really put into perspective how much needs to get done and by when. Without a deadline, there is no sense of urgency and your brain cannot begin to process the goal as something that needs be a part of your day to day process. 

Avoid using “someday” or “soon” as deadlines. Use tangible dates, time, months, and be sure to include the different activities that need to get done to reach your goal within your time frame.

There is always time, it’s a matter of what you spend your time doing.