20 Mistakes You Could Be Making When You’re Setting Goals

The title of this post promises so much doesn’t it? Well, guess what, it’s all possible. I’m here to help with .
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“If you dream it, you can achieve it.” – Zig Ziglar

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If you dream it then you can achieve it. Motivational Poster for Work! Learn how to set goals properly and avoid these mistakes.
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(Does anyone else finish “if you can dream it” with a rather famous R Kelly song? I did. That shows how cultured I am. I’m all about Space Jam)
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Do not be afraid to dream big!
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I’m a dreamer, always have been and always will be.
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I am constantly thinking of ideas and I have notebooks full of craft project ideas and blog posts.
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How do I figure out which ones to pursue?
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I ask why.
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Why am I doing this and how does it get me closer to my end goal?
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Of course, I don’t always do things because they’re moving me towards a specific goal.
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“Look for the answer inside your question” – Rumi

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Let’s begin with the goal setting mistakes you could be making:

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1. You don’t ask why you’re setting a goal

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Meditating, journaling and yoga make me happy. They’re good for my mental health, which in turn is good to keep me on track to achieve goals in other areas of my life.
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When you set a goal, think about the end goal and why you want to achieve it.
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2. You don’t set goals That Excite Or Motivate you

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If your goal is to go to the Bahamas, but it means you have to work longer hours in a crappy job, what should you do?
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Get a stunning picture of the Bahamas and set it as wallpaper on all your electronics.
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Print out a stock photo of the Bahamas.
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What do you need to get to the Bahamas?
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Answer: More money.

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How do you get more money?
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Is your goal to quit that crapola job and work from home?
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Take some time to meditate or at least relax and visualise how you want your future to look.
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Do you want to have a fantastic home office?
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Space where you are constantly motivated and happy to be in?
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Find some amazing craft rooms and post them up on your walls to remind you, that is where you want to be.
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Remember that you are 100% more likely to achieve your goal if you are really excited about the outcome. (Full disclosure, I completely made that percentage up. But I believe it! Is that enough?!)
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“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Napoleon Hill

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3. You don’t break your goals down into actionable steps (short term goals)

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If you apply a timeframe to your action steps, then you’re flying sunshine!
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The more detailed your actionable steps are, the more likely you are to be successful.
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Not setting actionable steps means that you are simply going to fail.
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Set actionable steps/short term goals that will help you reach your big goal.
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4. You don’t accept that failure is possible

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The truth is, if you don’t set the steps above and accept that you might fail, you are going to be so disappointed.
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For example; people who think that new years resolutions don’t work.
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The reason they don’t work is that people treat it as a wish list more than a “goals they will actually achieve” list.
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You may have guessed by now, but I’m a #goalgetter.
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I set goals every quarter.
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Then I review said goals at the end of every quarter.
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Reassess and adjust my goals accordingly.
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5. Don’t set a time frame to complete their goals.

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If your goal is to start a blog and start earning money within three months, that gives you 12 weeks to plan.
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Download your free blog planner right here or sign up and start your blog in seven days! Or… Three weeks.
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It is entirely possible to do that.
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I did it with this very blog.
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It was my goal in January to start this blog, fill it with content and launch it before the end of the first quarter.
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Done.
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Now it’s time to set goals for the next quarter that will be reviewed at the end of the four months.
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6. You don’t write your goals down.

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It baffles me how people expect to achieve anything when it isn’t written down and visible.
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If something isn’t in front of me and I’m not reminded of it, I forget all about it.
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Sometimes my home office is more like a scene from Memento, but that’s because I struggle with memory problems due to chronic medical conditions (you can read all about them right here).
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Despite my memory problems, my medical conditions and my disability I am still crushing goals.
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So why the fudge aren’t you?
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If I can do it, you certainly can.
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7. You Make Too Many Goals

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Have you ever written a list of goals you’d love to achieve and it ends up looking like a grocery list?
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I’ve done that.
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And instantly felt overwhelmed.
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At that stage, I wouldn’t be surprised if you abandoned your list altogether.
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But it’s okay, it’s just a starting off point.
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8. You don’t prioritise your goals

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At the grocery list stage, you want to determine which of your goals are most important.
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To do this, you need to go back to step one and ask why.
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Why are you setting your goal?
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What is your overall goal?
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Is it to make more money?
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Then your first goal should be to do whatever will make you the most money immediately. And organise from there.
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I find that at this stage, it is best to make a priorities matrix.
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I use a huge poster board like this, and these multicoloured neon post-its,washi tape and a sharpie.
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9. You haven’t figured out how to measure your goal

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What does success mean in relation to the goal you want to set?
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Is your goal to have a blog, with content, ready to launch?
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Is it having your first 1k in ?
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You need to figure out what will equal success.
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