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3 Deadly Mistakes You Make When Setting Goals


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Your First Step

The first step in achieving something is by aiming at what you would like to achieve. But if you don't know how to do that correctly, then there's a great chance you won't get the results you want.

Here are the 3 most common mistakes people make when setting goals.

Aim at your goals accurately by correcting common goal-setting mistakes.

Aim at your goals accurately by correcting common goal-setting mistakes.

Mistake #1: Not Giving Yourself Enough Time

It can be really discouraging when your goals take longer to reach than you think they should.

This is the mistake that causes most people to give up.


Be patient. Give yourself an honest estimate of how much time you need. After that, add a little bit more time to your deadline.

You shouldn't expect yourself to be perfect throughout the whole process of reaching your goal. Plus, unexpected things can happen. Hence why I recommend you to add a bit more time. Make sure you don't add too much time though, so you don't end up procrastinating.

Mistake #2: Setting Goals That Are Too Big

When I say goals that are too big, I don't mean long-term goals. You can make your long-term goals as big as you can with a sufficient span of time to achieve them. I'm talking more about short-term goals that are too challenging.

It's disadvantageous to set short-term goals that are too big because most of the time, setting goals that are realistically unattainable tend to just end up in failure and disappointment.


The answer here is obvious: Only set big enough goals you know you can complete.

If your goals are too big, then break them down into multiple smaller goals. You can also do this with long-term goals by dividing them into short-term ones. And after that, you can begin completing them one by one. It would be much easier to work on your goals that way.

Mistake #3: Working On Too Many Goals At Once

When you're working on too many goals at once, it's hard to tackle your goals effectively because you won't be able to give the proper amount of attention needed for your individual goals.


Remember, you only have a limited amount of time and energy.

Take on your goals one at a time. By doing this, you would be less likely to suffer burnout and it would be easier for you to monitor your progress.

The Appropriate Mindset

Basically, you just have to realize and accept that you are limited as a human being. So give yourself enough time, set goals that are actually attainable, and give the focus and attention each of your goals need.

And if you're patient and consistent enough, you'll be able to amass the results you want.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Ferd Horus


Ferd Horus (author) on March 11, 2021:

Glad you liked the article, Elaine.

Elaine Byers on March 11, 2021:

Definitely agree with the points in the article especially about being patient!

Ferd Horus (author) on March 02, 2021:

Thanks Mubarak.

Mubarak from INDIA on March 01, 2021:

Nice article. Well done.

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