Top 10 mis­takes peo­ple make when set­ting goals

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - CONTRIBUTORS - By Lanre Olu­sola

In less than 35 days 2017 will be over!

Some peo­ple are mak­ing plans for the hol­i­days, some al­ready started with their Christ­mas shop­ping and oth­ers are set­ting goals for 2018. Un­for­tu­nately, while peo­ple are set­ting goals, only a few will ac­tu­ally achieve their goals. Most peo­ple ig­nore the goal set­ting process and put lit­tle to no ef­fort in un­der­stand­ing the science and psy­chol­ogy of achiev­ing their set goals. Re­search proves that only 8-10% of peo­ple achieve the goals that they set ev­ery year.

We all de­sire to live a sat­is­fied, ful­filled and en­riched life. The beauty is, life is a process and it is never too late to set and achieve your goals. How­ever you have to be con­scious of the fac­tors that might pre­vent you from achiev­ing your goals. Ac­cord­ing to a re­cently con­ducted re­search, th­ese are the top 10 mis­takes peo­ple make when set­ting their goals and if they are not con­fronted, they will al­ways hin­der you from achiev­ing your goals.

1. Set­ting Goals that are not SMART: If your goals are not SMART, then it will not be pos­si­ble to achieve them. Your goals must be Spe­cific, Mea­sur­able, Achiev­able, Re­al­is­tic, and Time Framed. For you to achieve your goals, you need to set spe­cific and clear goals which are also eval­u­a­tive in na­ture. A lot of peo­ple dream fan­tasy lives and set goals that are not achiev­able and re­al­is­tic in na­ture. Some peo­ple don’t even give their goals an ac­tu­al­i­sa­tion date. Time is use­less with­out time­li­ness; you must set a time-bound for your goals in or­der to make its ac­tu­al­i­sa­tion re­al­is­tic. What never gets mea­sured, never get done! 2. Not hav­ing a Step-by-step Plan: The goal set­ting process can’t be ig­nored. For you to get re­sults, you have to fol­low and com­mit to the process. It is not pos- sible to achieve a goal with­out prac­ti­cal strate­gies. Be­fore you set a goal, you need to as­sess your pre­vi­ous goals, over­come pro­cras­ti­na­tion, eval­u­ate, dis­cover and un­der­stand your suc­cess and fail­ure model. Th­ese are some of the steps that you must take to achieve your goals. Do not ex­pect the ac­tu­al­i­sa­tion of your goals with­out fol­low­ing the en­tire process.

3. Hav­ing no ac­count­abil­ity part­ner: One of the main rea­sons peo­ple do not achieve their goal is be­cause they are not ac­count­able to any­one who will en­cour­age them. You need to have some­one who will mo­ti­vate, pro­pel and give you that ex­tra push of sup­port when you need it. Lastly, you have to be coura­geous enough to ap­proach peo­ple who can guide you on your path. 4. Set­ting too many Goals at the same time: You can­not set too many goals at the same time and ex­pect to achieve them all at once. Pri­ori­tise. What is the most im­por­tant goal that you need to achieve right now? Make a pri­or­ity list and fol­low the process to achieve your goals.

5. Not hav­ing a holis­tic vi­su­al­iza­tion: Some peo­ple set goals, which ruin ev­ery other as­pect of their lives. When you set a goal, en­sure that it is holis­tic and will en­able you live a har­mo­nious life. Con­sider other as­pects of your life that is likely to be af­fected by the out­come of each goal you set. For in­stance, when you set a ca­reer goal, en­sure that your fam­ily, re­la­tion­ship or so­cial life doesn’t suf­fer.

6: Set­ting Goals based on trends: A lot of peo­ple set goals based on what is trend­ing and not based on what they re­ally want for them­selves or what works for them. This is why peo­ple set New Year res­o­lu­tions and never achieve them. Th­ese goals are set as a re­sult of ex­ter­nal in­flu­ences. Re­mem­ber that the rea­son why you want to achieve a goal is more im­por­tant than the goal it­self. This rea­son will mo­ti­vate you in the time of lack of in­spi­ra­tion or low mo­ti­va­tion. 7: Hav­ing faith with­out work­ing: Faith with­out works is dead. You have to be­lieve in your goals be­fore set­ting out to achieve them. De­pend­ing on hope and faith alone isn’t enough. Not hav­ing a spe­cific and prac­ti­cal plan to­wards achiev­ing your goals is as good as not set­ting the goals at all. Be­lieve, plan, work and you will achieve your goals.

8: Set­ting goals based on emo­tions: Some peo­ple are short-sighted when it comes to set­ting goals. They usu­ally set goals based on how they feel at the mo­ment, solely based on their emo­tions. Those types of goals can be termed as “Goal­less Goals”. Set goals based on what you want in your life and how you en­vi­sion your life in the fu­ture. Work with your brain and not with your feel­ings! Feel­ings are not static and as a re­sult, goals set based on emo­tions can never be achieved.

9: Lack of Com­mit­ment: How do you tend to achieve some­thing when there is no com­mit­ment? Com­mit­ment is vi­tal for suc­cess; you can­not show zero or low com­mit­ment to some­thing and ex­pect it to work. If you truly de­sire to achieve your goal, you have to re­main com­mit­ted and con­sis­tent to it.

10. Pro­cras­ti­na­tion: Pro­cras­ti­na­tion is the thief of time. Keep pro­cras­ti­nat­ing and watch how de­pres­sion be­gins to re­flect in your life and how your life gets de­stroyed even­tu­ally. Start now to achieve your goals; pro­cras­ti­na­tion is deadly. The best time to start is NOW!

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