Various sources, methods and even apps are available to support you if you decide to set goals for yourself.
Many of us set new goals in January each year and we all try to do our best to achieve those goals.
Somewhere along the way, after a couple of weeks or months these goals seem to fade away, and you turn your attention to something else, which you believe, seems to be more important. Similar may happen to other goals you set during the year.
Why did you decide to place these goals in the back of the top shelf of your mind? Was their fate to be forgotten? Which goals prove to be long lasting and achievable? Where did it go wrong and what could you have done differently? Did you use the best app?
Let me share with you the common mistakes in goal setting, and these have very little to do with an app:
- goals are set based on an impulse;
- goals listed as you would prepare your shopping list;
- you think goal setting is like writing a daily to do list;
- you can only achieve your goal by doing something you really don’t fancy;
- you think achieving the goal will sort out your life;
- you set a goal, because your friend(s) or significant other set the very same goal and by the way they are doing quite well in achieving it;
- the goal is shiny and fantastic, and it is so far from you as the moon and the stars … but when you talk about it everyone admires you for having such a great adventure ahead of you;
- you can achieve the goal when sleeping, or standing on one leg, singing a song and juggle three apples at the same time.
Probably I could extend the list with a bit more effort, but I am sure, by now you understand, goal setting is about you. Your life and your future are in your hands, you are the director of your own movie, therefore anything goes wrong with goal setting is on you.
Devastating, I know…
On the other hand, it might just be good news. There is freedom in accepting you have control over your life and that responsibility comes with freedom to decide and act.
Let’s take a look at these mistakes one by one and learn from them, so that you can embrace your newly acquired set of opportunities.
Goals are set based on an impulse
New year resolutions, unless you built a habit of them, are good examples of such goal setting, but you may experience this phenomenon when you decide to buy a treadmill, because you saw an inspiring video, which convinced you that running is the best option for you to lose weight.