Two Common Mistakes when Setting Goals

Studies show that more than 30% of people will set at least one goal or resolution for the new year. Will you be doing that? If so, you’ll want to avoid these two common mistakes:

Mistake #1: Setting a negative goal

A negative goal involves giving up something you enjoy or doing something you’d rather not have to do.

For example, say your goal is to give up sweet desserts, like that mid-afternoon chocolate bar break at work. That’s a negative goal.  As a result, it leaves you with little, if any, desire to achieve it.

Sure, the end result is positive — reaching your goal of a sweet-free diet. But, getting there is miserable. As a result, you’re more likely to fail.

The trick is to make a negative goal positive. For example: “Learn how to satisfy my sweet tooth without unhealthy sugary snacks.”

That goal sounds more like an adventure worth taking!

Mistake #2: Setting a horizon goal

A horizon goal has no clear finish-line. For example, “Become a better parent.” The problem with that kind of goal is the inability to determine how much progress you’ve made. How do you tell when you’re halfway to “better”?

Like the horizon, you can run toward it but never get there.

The best goals are specific, so you can measure how well you’re doing and know when you’ve crossed the finish-line. For example: “Read three good books on parenting teenagers.”

That’s a terrific goal because you can easily gauge your progress — which is motivating — and you’ll know when you’ve reached your goal — which is even more motivating!

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