Great Goal Setting (5/5): Be Aware of Goal Setting Pitfalls and How to Save Yourself from Disappointment

Mar 02, 2013
Nothing feels worse then setting a goal and not achieving it. It can destroy your confidence. Take a look at these goal setting pitfalls and save yourself the pain.

Nothing feels worse then setting a goal and not achieving it. It can destroy your confidence. Take a look at these goal setting pitfalls and save yourself the pain.


This is part 5 of a 5 part series:

Great Goal Setting (1/5): Get Started Setting Goals with a Successful First Step

Great Goal Setting (2/5): How to Stay Motivated with Your Goal in a Way That Makes Sense

Great Goal Setting (3/5): Believing and Quantifying to Ensure Success

Great Goal Setting (4/5): How to Identify Types of Goals and What Steps to Take


Over the last few weeks we’ve been discussing setting goals and sticking with them. Here’s a quick recap of what we’ve been over:


  • Set yourself goals that are attainable but challenging
  • Identify if it’s a Learning Goal or a Performance Goal
  • Understand the steps you are going to take on your journey to achieving it
  • Remember to boost your own confidence on the way through progress reports, logs, and mini milestones


The Pitfalls of Setting Goals

If you ever go hiking and read a sign that says “Watch Out for Snakes”, you’ll know what to watch out for. You’ll know that danger could be lurking just off the beaten path. When setting goals, there are also dangers. The biggest danger of all being that you set yourself up for failure.


How Many Goals to Set

Now, it’s sort of an unwritten number that between 4 and 7 goals per day is feasible. Anymore and we experience too much stress. This could lead to a loss of focus and burn-out. Less than 4 might not be enough of a challenge for you.

Remember, we want to challenge ourselves. Now, when deciding on goals per day you also need to look at how big your goals are.


Range of Goals

The range of difficulty for a goal, or set of goals, is not easy to define. It relies heavily on context. For example, quitting smoking and trying to lose weight at the same time would probably be a bad idea.

Both are tough goals that require a lot of will power and resolve. We’re better off starting out focusing on one of these, and once we’re comfortable with the routine, add the other.


Some for Now, Some for Later

In our daily lives we have “To-Do” lists. These are goals that we need to get done in the day, week, or month.  Around holidays, our To-Do lists grow with all the movement and events going on. So time to freak out, right?

No, remember, we want to safeguard ourselves from burning out, so split up that list. Take a chunk of the list and get it done in one day. Save the rest for the next day. Not only will this spread the load, but it will also give you a nice confidence boost knowing you’ve accomplished what you set out to do.


So Remember…

Keep things simple and straight forward. Overburdening yourself with countless goals will only leave you floundering and gasping for air. Take the time to set out your goals and you will see that achieving them suddenly becomes a little bit easier.


For a complete step-by-step guide to setting and achieving goals through manifestation visit:

Manifest Absolutely Anything v2.0


Did you enjoy this series of articles? If so, visit some of our other series:

The Science of Your Subconscious

The Surprising Mindsets of Success

The Motivation Equation


Release Your Limiting Beliefs


Leave us a comment below and let us know how many goals you’ve set for this week.




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  2. Exactly what my sister and I were arguing about a few weeks ago.Her switching of careers while trying to get out of debt? Not a good idea. Finally she decided to keep her current job to settle stuff financially and then switch her career at the end of the year… yep, I believe that’s more attainable… :)

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