Have you ever had one of those goals that you just can’t seem to reach? Like no matter what you do, you’re always falling short. Trust me, friends, I’ve been there! In this post, I’m sharing a few bad habits that it’s definitely time to quit – because they just might be stopping you from being able to reach your goals!
This is probably the biggest and most obvious hindrance to reaching any goal, and definitely worth discussing. We all procrastinate on our goals, however, not all forms of procrastination are created equally!
Sometimes our procrastination comes from a place of laziness or a lack of motivation. You know what your goal is and you know how to accomplish it, you just aren’t that motivated to do so and find yourself binge-watching Netflix when you could be working toward your goal. If you constantly find yourself procrastinating this way on the same goal, it might be time to rethink the goal and decide if it’s something you’re really excited about doing.
You procrastination might instead come from a place of being super excited about your goal, but also super overwhelmed and not sure where to start. It’s totally normal to feel this way when you’re tackling a lofty goal, and I’ve definitely been there! The best way to tackle this is to break the goal down into as small and as specific of tasks as possible so you have truly actionable items you can add to your to-do list.
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Have you ever heard the phrase “done is better than perfect”? Yeah, there’s a reason for that. As awesome as it would be to get your work perfect every time, that’s just not realistic. If you refuse to finish a goal until you reach the standard of “perfect” then you’ll never get there.
I’m not suggesting you accept subpar work from yourself, but just learn to acknowledge when you’ve done the best you can do, and be happy with that. If I never published anything until I knew it was perfect, I would never publish anything at all.
Not Thinking of the End Result
If you want to reach your end goal, you need to have a clear vision of what that end result looks like. Rather than just adding arbitrary tasks to your to-do list, think of what your end goal is and work backward.
For example, I knew I wanted to publish an eBook. I set a launch date for the book and then started working my way backward. This helped me to know from the beginning when I needed to have my sales page done, when I needed to start promoting the book on my blog and social media, and when I needed to have the final draft of the book finished and ready to send out to those who purchased.
Structuring your goals this way helps you to know not only what specific tasks you need to be tackling to reach your goals, but it also helps you to know why each task is important and when it should be done.
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Thinking Too Big-Picture
As problematic as it is to not focus on the end result at all, it’s also bad to focus only on the end result! When you’re only thinking of your goals in the big-picture sense, it can get super overwhelming to figure out how to start tackling them.
Once you’ve figured out what your end result is, it’s time to break that big goal up into a bunch of small, actionable tasks that you can add right to your calendar. So if one of your big-picture goals is to write an eBook, you can’t just add that to your to-do list. Instead, you would start with tasks like “brainstorm eBook topics” and “write eBook outline”.
Just remember, any task that isn’t small enough and actionable enough to add to your to-do list probably isn’t going to get done!
Chasing Too Many Goals
As exciting as it is to think of all the goals you hope to someday accomplish, focusing on too many goals at once can set you back in a big way. You can only divide your time and attention so many ways, and focusing on too many goals can pull your attention away from all of them.
Rather than focus on every single goal you want to accomplish, pick a few to focus on. Create actionable steps to create each of those goals over a period of time, and then when you’ve reached those goals, you can move onto the next goals.
One great way to do this is to create 90-day goals for yourself. Every quarter, sit down and write out a few goals, and add actionable steps for each of them to your to-do list to finish in the next 90 days. When those 90 days have passed and you’ve reached those goals, set a new set of priorities for the next 90 days. This has helped me immensely because I always know what my focus will be for the next few months.
Struggling to reach your goals? You definitely need to quit these 5 habits that are making it harder for you to finally reach your goals!
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