There are various common errors that some people make when deciding to set themselves a goal or goals. Setting goals require planning, especially if the target is a massive project rather than a small one.

Here are two examples of large and small goals:

1 – You have decided you will not bite your fingernails anymore.  This type of goal does not need a tremendous amount of planning.

2 – Your goal could be to climb Mount Everest within the next three years.  Big difference!  This goal would require a lot of planning.

The Errors

1 – Write it Down!

Whether your goal is nothing to shout about or something to tell the world and his wife about it still requires writing down. If you don’t see it in writing regularly you could become unmotivated and even forget about it altogether; like the saying, out of sight out of mind.

2 – Too Many Goals

Too many goals all at once can become overwhelming.  If you have a ton of goals in mind prioritise the ones that mean the most to you, so you have just one handful rather than two handfuls of goals.

3 – Not Setting Goals in Other Areas of Life

Too often people will focus on one area of their life when setting goals such as their career being a professional category.  But, what about your personal or spiritual goals.  You could action a career goal and then set yourself a personal goal to run alongside it.

4 – Not Setting Stretch Goals

Not setting stretch goals.  These goals are more difficult targets that move you out from your comfort zone and push you into meeting more challenging goals.

5 – Identify Your Next Step – Action!

You must identify your next action; the A in the SMART method.  Sometimes this is termed as achievable, but my personal preference is actionable.

Look at the following example

You need to set steps, for example, you’ve decided to decorate your front room and want it done within two weeks time. Can the furniture inside the room be moved to the middle and covered over (if it’s a matter of just paint and papering) or will it need storing because there could be some plastering that needs doing and other similar jobs?  Where could you store it in the garage maybe or a spare room etc.?   You need to visualise on how you want the room to look when finished and decide on what colour scheme, paint, and wallpaper etc. Then you need to cost out the materials and how much of them you will need.  It’s a good idea to compare prices for materials to get the best price tag.  How much time can you put into the project if you are working or perhaps you can take a weeks holiday to get the job done. These are action steps; goals need actionable steps.

When the Work is Done

Once you have painted the ceiling, look at your achievement and feel pleased with yourself. Every time a wall is decorated stand back and look at your creative handiwork.  And finally, when you have finished, and everything is back in place celebrate in some way because you have now achieved your goal!

© Life Coach You