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Re-evaluating Your Goal Setting Plan

Updated on January 13, 2012
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Many people tend to set personal goals in to help them change habits and improve certain aspects of their lives. The most common time that people tend to mark setting goals is New Years, as a new year is often thought of as a new start. Many are very determined and enthusiastic about these changes; at least in the beginning. However, often, within about two-six weeks goal setting plan into action, most of that enthusiasm and determination fades setting many people back into the same habits and routines as before.

Why does this tend to happen? Why does it become so difficult for some of us to succeed with our personal goal setting plan, while others seem to easily achieve goals? After many years of failing with my own goals and goal setting, here are some methods I have learned in order to be a more productive goal planner and fulfill those personal and life goals.


Setting goals in a generalized manner, such as: to make more money; pay off bills; lose weight; or to be more organized, can make it pretty difficult to know where to start and what to manage in order to achieve the results that you desire.

For instance, if your life goals include making more money, consider what specific steps it will take to accomplish that. You can determine different approaches to this personal goal with money by looking at your current spending and money management habits, in order to determine where you can make better use of your finances. You might consider options, such as what it would take to get a better paying job or to earn extra income on the side; or maybe consider how you might be able to get a raise at your current job. Each of these ideas are areas to consider as a way to acquire more income in your life.

But maybe your personal goal is to lose 20 pounds. If this is the case, consider what habits you are willing to take on in order to help to achieve that goal. Maybe it’s to start, or to increase your exercise routine; or maybe it’s to develop healthier eating habits. So, learn more about what type of exercises or eating habits you would like to start working at.

To make a goal setting plan that is more reachable for you, you must be able to break down the generalized personal goal in order to determine what specific activities are required to achieve the lifetime goals that you desire. Creating specific details for setting goals makes it easier for you to be able to achieve goals.


Many of us may tend to get overly motivated as we begin the process to achieve goals and in our ambition try to take on too much at once. Taking on too much all at once tends to lead to becoming overwhelmed resulting in a loss of interest in their pursuit of their personal goal setting and planning.

For instance, maybe you haven’t exercised in quite some time, yet you decide that in order to lose your goal of 20 pounds that you will head to the gym and work out for 1-2 hours a day. Within the first day or two you realize that you end up sore, tired, overwhelmed, leading you to feel defeated. When this happens, you may decide to just give up on the goal all together convinced that you just can’t do it.

The trick to actually follow through with your goal setting plan is to break your personal goals down into smaller, more manageable steps. For instance, you may decide to start out with exercising about 20 minutes a day (or whatever you feel you can handle) and begin with something simple, such as walking, biking and light weights. Once you’ve done that for awhile and feel comfortable enough with it to take on more then add in a bit more time and variety of exercises to your routines.

A great rule for accomplishing any project or to achieve life goals with the understanding that it is much easier to start with small tasks that you know you can handle now then expand your efforts as you progress, than it is to try to tackle everything all at once.


Keep focused on what your purpose is for setting goals in the first place and imagine how it would feel to achieve this particular goal. What rewards or benefits do you expect will come from succeeding with your goal setting plan? Keep these images or ideas in mind, or better yet, write them down as notes to remind you of why this personal goal is worth your efforts to accomplish. Additionally, your goal setting plan can include images that serve to help you to visualize the results you desire. Work on setting daily personal goals that serve to help you each day to get a little bit closer to achieve goals.


It’s normal to get off track or to not consistently stick to the steps we have set in place to achieve goals. When this happens, don’t see the lapse as a failure and quit on your personal goal all together. Just tell yourself that you took a break from it and that you can now pick back up where you left off and continue working on your lifetime goals. The only way to achieve goals is to keep moving towards it, even if you don’t get there as fast as you had hoped, finishing with your goals is still a great achievement. Don’t give up on yourself by completely letting go of your goal setting and planning.


Be careful about setting expectations or deadlines that become unrealistic for you to fulfill. Making changes to our habits and routines can be an ongoing process of learning and personal growth that might be met with obstacles. Keep in mind that obstacles are meant to push us beyond our current limits and abilities which can be very beneficial succeed with your personal goals.

The only real limits we have are the ones that we believe we have. So, in order to reach your life goals, rather than give up when the task proves to be more difficult or takes longer than you expect, find ways to overcome those obstacles. On the other hand don’t become so obsessed in your efforts in your personal goal setting that you stress yourself out to the point that you’re not enjoying the success of each step that you accomplish with your life goals.


Finally, re-evaluate your goal setting plan often to ensure that your goals still fit your personal needs and overall lifetime goals.

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      Enlydia Listener 6 years ago from trailer in the country

      rated up for useful.