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Why Should You Set Goals?

Updated on April 12, 2016

Why Set Goals

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Why Set Goals?

Lots of people don’t set goals at all.

They are quite happy going through life and doing what they do.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

However, if you want to make a change, or do something differently you need to work out how you will get from where you are now to where you want to be - you need to set goals.

Think of it a bit like driving somewhere you haven’t been before, you are going to need a map or a satnav or some directions to get you there.

I want to share;

• The number one reason people don’t set goals
• A common mistake that people make with goals and how to avoid it

So what’s the number one reason people don’t set goals?

It’s because they might fail.

By committing to work on a goal they are making it clear that they want something to be different, they want to change something from what it is now.

However, their plans might fail. Rather than take that risk many people don’t commit to a goal, after all who likes to fail?

I want to share something really important here.

The importance was they kept moving forward, they kept making progress – even if it was learning what not to do next time.

Don’t believe me – then check out this great video about some “famous failures”.

Many of the situations and people we think of as successes didn't happen first time round.

Let's look at a common mistake people make when working with goals

They make the goal far too specific, so that anything different feels like failure.

Here’s a top tip to help you avoid this issue.

Let’s think of your goal a bit like a football goal. The net is big in comparison to the size of the football isn’t it? If you were lining up to take a shot would you consider it a goal if the ball only went in the top right corner?

Of course not! It’s a goal wherever the ball ends up, as long as it’s in the net.

It’s exactly the same with life goals.

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