ALWAYS LOOKING FORWARD: 3 GOAL-SETTING MYTHS.

Author:Bailey, Simon T.
 
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There has been so much written about setting goals. If you Google "goal-setting," you'll get 4.54 million results. (In contrast, if you search for "laziness," you'll only get 199,000 results.)

Many great minds have examined this topic, so why are we still struggling so much with how to do it effectively?

It's because widely held misconceptions about goal-setting prevent many people from ever getting started. Once you bust through these common fallacies and demystify the process, you'll take the pressure off of yourself and start to see movement toward your goals.

MYTH 1: THE GOAL IS THE DESTINATION.

With phrases floating around like, What's your end-goal? I can see why people get hung up on this one. However, goals are not the destination.

Oftentimes, when people don't hit their target, they get frustrated because things didn't go as planned, and they give up. They think they just don't have what it takes, when all they needed to do was recalibrate.

Let's say you're setting out on a trip with a friend, and you punch the specific address into your GPS. Your objective is to arrive at that destination. Along the way, there might be an accident. There might be a change in weather. You might have to reroute to get to the destination. These are all just detours and obstacles for you to circumnavigate on the way toward your goal.

Goals are not set in stone-they are meant to guide you in a general direction.

MYTH 2: GOALS ARE FIXED ONCE THEY'RE WRITTEN DOWN.

This one paralyzes people more than anything else I see. If you don't know specifically what title you want, where you want to live or how much money you should save, you put off setting a goal because you're not ready to write it down.

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