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10 biggest mistakes you must avoid when creating goals

  1. 1. 10 Biggest Mistakes You MUST Avoid When Creating Your Goals for 2014 Garry Mclachlan http://www.ApplyingTheSystem.com
  2. 2. Why is Goal Setting So Important? • In the often-quoted study undertaken by Harvard University in 1979, graduates were asked if they had written goals with action plans for their achievement. – 3 percent had clearly defined written goals. – 13 percent had unwritten goals. – 84 percent had no goals in any shape or form. • The 1989 follow-up study of those same Harvard students revealed that over a 10-year period the 3 percent who had written personal goals were 10 times more successful than the other 97 percent who had not.
  3. 3. Thoughts on Goals for 2014 • As Zig Ziglar says, “You must become a meaningful specific rather than a wandering generality.” To achieve all that you are capable of achieving, you must develop a clear sense of direction. You must decide exactly what you want in every area of your life. Perhaps the most impor- tant question that you will ever ask and answer, one that returns over and over again, is this: “What do I really want to do with my life?” http://www.ApplyingTheSystem.com
  4. 4. Most Common Mistakes 1. They don’t write them down. Unless a goal is written, it is merely an aspiration —lifeless and devoid of power. Once you commit it to writing, you set something in motion. You clarify what you want and begin focusing on how to attain it. http://www.ApplyingTheSystem.com
  5. 5. Most Common Mistakes 2. They create too many. An old Chinese proverb says, “Man who chases two rabbits catches neither.” While you probably need more than a single goal, you need to stay focused on a manageable number of them. I recommend no more than 7–10. http://www.ApplyingTheSystem.com
  6. 6. Most Common Mistakes 3. They only set them for one area of their life. Most people are accustomed to the idea of setting career goals. But life is far more than your job. If you are going to be happy and fulfilled, you need goals in each of the major areas of life— spiritual, physical, marital, relational, etc. http://www.ApplyingTheSystem.com
  7. 7. Most Common Mistakes 4. They don’t make them specific. Most goals—even written ones—suffer from being too vague. “I want to write a book” or “I want a better marriage” are too general. Which book do you want to write? How do you want to improve your marriage? http://www.ApplyingTheSystem.com
  8. 8. Most Common Mistakes 5. They don’t make them measurable The only way to know if you have achieved a goal is to quantify it. “Lose 25 pounds” is much better than “lose weight.” “Earn 10% more than I did last year” is better than “earn more money.” When in doubt, assign a number or a percentage. http://www.ApplyingTheSystem.com
  9. 9. Most Common Mistakes 6. They don’t assign a due date. So often the important gets sacrificed on the altar of the urgent. A deadline is one way to create urgency and force yourself to pay attention to what’s important. Without a deadline, there’s little pressure to get it done. It’s easy to procrastinate. http://www.ApplyingTheSystem.com
  10. 10. Most Common Mistakes 7. They don’t keep them visible. How many times have you written down a set of goals and never looked at them again? I’ve done it plenty of times. That’s why you need a plan to keep them visible, whether that means reviewing them daily, weekly, or at some other regular interval. http://www.ApplyingTheSystem.com
  11. 11. Most Common Mistakes 8. They don’t stretch out of their comfort zone. Safe goals are boring goals. Unless we set our goals outside our comfort zone, we won’t find them compelling enough to actually follow through and achieve them. They shouldn’t be unrealistic, but they should be challenging. http://www.ApplyingTheSystem.com
  12. 12. Most Common Mistakes 9. They don’t make them personally compelling. When you pursue a meaningful goal, it is exhilarating. Accomplishing it, even more so. But the “messy middle” is where most of us get stuck. This is why we need to write down a set of motivations for each goal identifying why it is important and what is at stake. http://www.ApplyingTheSystem.com
  13. 13. Most Common Mistakes 10. They don’t identify the next action. You don’t need an elaborate action plan for each goal. (Often this can just be a fancy way of procrastinating.) But you do need to identify the next action, so you can initiate and maintain momentum. http://www.ApplyingTheSystem.com
  14. 14. 10 Biggest Mistakes You MUST Avoid When Creating Your Goals for 2014 • Chances are, you are going to live through 2014, one way or another. It can be another year just like this year and last. Or it can be something different … something extraordinary … something amazing! The choice is yours.
  15. 15. 5 Types of Goals • You need a variety of goals to be happy and to keep your life in balance. Specifically, in this report we will deal with goals in five areas: – – – – – Personal goals Family and Relationship goals Financial goals Business and Career goals Health and Energy goals • Each of these goal areas should fit like a piece of pie into a pie dish to form a fully rounded and completely balanced life. http://www.ApplyingTheSystem.com