Common Goal-Setting Mistakes You Should Fix Today

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While everyone has their own set of goals, simply having goals isn’t enough. Knowing what you want to achieve is only half the battle, and it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll reach the finish line. 

In fact, a lot of people are prone to making mistakes along the way that impede them from attaining their goals. These can lead to frustration, and ultimately, giving up. On the flip side, there are ways to fix these mistakes and get back on track. Mistakes are inevitable, yes, but they’re not always irreparable. According to, here are some ways you can start today:

Doubting Your Ability to Follow Through

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One of the most common mistakes people make when making goals is doubting their ability to achieve them in the first place. Lack of belief in your own abilities can kill goals from the start. Achieving one’s goals takes patience, perseverance, and flexibility. You simply need to pay attention to the lessons the universe is trying to teach you along the way, and don’t ever give up. 

Setting Goals at the Start of the Year Only

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A lot of people set goals exclusively in the month of January, and that method is almost always doomed to fail. As we’ve all learned from the year 2020, a lot can happen in a year. Instead of having an annual set of goals, recalibrate your goals every month, depending on the challenges and circumstances life throws at you. 

Having Unrealistic Expectations

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When setting a new goal, it can be tempting to imagine a life wherein you achieve that goal in a few weeks. However, it’s not always that simple. Whether it’s losing weight or saving enough money to buy your dream house, you need to set manageable expectations and a realistic timeline. Small progress is better than no progress after all. 

Not Leaving Room for Compromise

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While it may be ideal to be focused on your goals, it might not be the best idea to have strict and harsh guidelines that leave no room for any learning whatsoever. Your goals should be flexible enough to accommodate any setbacks, slips, or flat-out mistakes along the way. Learn to forgive yourself for your fallbacks. You’re only human after all. 

While there is no way to guarantee that you’ll be able to achieve all your goals at your own preferred timeline, applying these lessons can help. At the end of the day, it all comes down to how committed you are to attaining them. As the old saying goes, whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. 


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