The Top 5 Mistakes of Goal-Setting

The Top 5 Mistakes to Goal-Setting and How to Avoid Them.

It’s July! We are halfway through the year. It’s also the perfect time to realign yourself and take action on your goals this year.

Often, we set goals, and it stops there. No follow-through. 

Life gets in the way, especially if you are a wife and mother. Many other tasks pull you in different directions: doctor appointments, school activities, career, business, trying to stay balanced, etc.

Most of us don’t intend to get sidetracked or abandon our goals; we’ve never been taught what to do to meet our goals successfully. I know that was me until I took a goal-setting class earlier this year. 

So, instead of beating yourself up about how it’s already July and you still haven’t….

  • Started your business. (Grab the Free Business Checklist for the steps to starting a profitable and fundable business)
  • Written your book. (Grab the Free Writer’s Checklist for a guide to the steps it takes to go from idea to a published novel)
  • Joined the gym. I can’t help you with this one. *insert shrug*
  • _______________(fill in the blank). 

Instead of beating yourself up about that second bowl of ice cream you had two nights ago or scrolling TikTok for hours every night this week, let’s use this moment as an opportunity to refocus and recommit. 

Top 5 Mistakes of Goal-setting. 

  1. Focusing Too Much on The Result – The result takes time. If you focus too much on the end, you may get disappointed in the wait. Once your motivation dies, the goals die with it.
  2. Setting Goals Without a System to Implement Them: You can start with the end result and work your way backward. Your plan/system should be specific to how much time of day you will spend on said task. For example, if you plan to write a book this year, your result is the published book. Your daily action would be how many words you write a day. 
  3. Not Minimizing Distractions. Having a daily schedule that brings you closer to your goals is vital. If you haven’t read the book Indistractable by Nir Eyal. I highly recommend it.  He talks about how there are numerous ways that we can minimize our daily distractions if we understand why they are distracting us.
  4. Setting Unrealistic Goals: This is a disaster before you even start. Be sure to set goals that you know with a system in place you can meet.
  5. Not Shifting Your Mindset: In the book, Atomic Habits another one I highly recommend, James Clear writes how the best way to change your habit is to change your identity. Instead of I want to be healthy, say I am a healthy person. Then, shift your mindset to what would a healthy person do today. 

Remember, every goal you set should follow the S.M.A.R.T GOAL Worksheet. Thank you, Iesha Hollins, of @Ieshaspeaks, for teaching this concept in the goal-setting class earlier this year. When I say it was a game-changer.

You can avoid abandoning your goals simply by avoiding the mistake above and following the Smart Goals concept. 

Pat yourself on the back for paying attention to this post. You’ve already shifted the trajectory of this month and the remainder of this year. Now, it’s up to you to implement it.

Grab the S.M.A.R.T Goal Setting Worksheet 

What are the strategies you use to reach your goals? 

See you at the top! 


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