Goal Setting Tips For Your Success

Goal setting tips for your success

Every New Year's Eve millions of people set goals with the best of intentions only to set the same goals again the following year.

These goal setting tips are reflected in research and in our experience with athletes, business professionals and students; and will give you the best chance of achieving your goal.

The seven deadly sins of goal setting

Goal Setting #1 – Setting vague goals

Many people set vague goals such as "I want to be successful" or "I want to lose weight". Goals work best when they are specific as focus your attention and energy on your specific goal.

Goal Setting #2 - Too many goals

Goal setting can be exciting, especially when you see some gains. But if you have too many goals then this can be counterproductive. If you have too many goals means that you can't pay sufficient attention and energy to the all the goals. If you are new to goal setting start with you three most important goals and try working on those first.

Goal Setting #3 - Failure to set short-term goals.

Think of the example I gave here. The top of the ladder is the long-term goal and each short term goal is like the rung of the ladder, moving you in the right direction towards your goal. If you don't set short-term goals, then it is very difficult to remain motivated to remain moving towards the direction of your goals. Short term goals are focused and small steps that move you toward your long term goal.

Goal Setting #4 - Setting unrealistic goals

Unrealistic goals reduce your motivation, damage your confidence. For example, if you have never run a mile in your life, setting a goal to run a marathon in 2 months time will most likely result in goal failure. For goals to have their most beneficial impact on performance, goals should be something that should be moderately difficult, that you stretch for to reach.

Goal Setting #5 - Not setting measurable goals

If you don't set measurable your goals then how will you know what your goal progress is or when you have reached your goal?

Goal Setting Tip #6 - Not reviewing your goals

One of the most common failures of goal setting is that people set and forget their goals. Goals need to reviewed often and adjusted for the changes that occur in your life. For example, an injured athlete may want to consider reviewing their goals to account for their injury.

Goal Setting Tip #7 - Focusing only on outcome goals

This is a common issue in goal setting. Outcome goals are goals that focus on winning or beating somebody or attaining a certain outcome. However, often these outcomes are also dependent on how the other people have performed. The problem with this is that you may do a personal best, which is fantastic, but still be disappointed that you have not reached your outcome goal. Research suggests that the best goals are a combination of outcome, process and performance based goals.

These goal setting tips can enhance your goal setting success.

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