I know everyone has had this happen to them, the clocks ticking down to the New Year and you look back and realize you didn’t do ONE thing on your goal list. Don’t feel bad, the large majority of adults don’t end up keeping their resolutions. This year I have a long list of goals that I’m hoping to accomplish but first let’s talk about the top mistakes people make when they do set goals.
First, setting goals that are too vague. For example “I want to travel” . While I won’t deny that’s a good goal be more specific! Set a deadline and a place to create more urgency in achieving this goal. “I want to travel to the grand canyon by summer” is better.
Second, Not writing goals down. Truth, I have the WORST memory and I know a lot of other adults do as well. We are pulled in a million directions every day. If you don’t write down your goals chances are you’re not going to remember them. Don’t set yourself up for failure by not writing them down! I use to stick mine on sticky notes to my computer screen so I had a constant reminder.
Third, Trying to attain all your goals at once. It’s one thing if you only have a handful of goals. but if you have several it would likely work out better if you only work on a few at one time. I have 20 goals for 2020. I will likely only Focus on a few goals at once to help accomplish them and get them out of the way.
Lastly, Be realistic with your goals! Setting eccentric goals sounds like lots of fun but if they are too far out of reach you’ll likely be let down. Don’t get me wrong, I like setting goals that are just a tad out of reach and really make me work for it. But, for example, I wouldn’t set a goal to run a half marathon by February since I can currently barely run a half mile without feeling the need to pass-out. Baby steps!
By avoiding these simple mistakes when making your goals for 2020 you’ll set yourself up for success. Have you made these mistakes in the past? What did you do to set yourself up with success?