- Goals are too broad: Specificity is essential when creating goals. Often time people’s goals are so broad that they become unattainable. Get specific and size down the goal. The smaller the goal the easier it may be to achieve it.
- Time management: If the proper amount of time is not allocated, goals will not be achieved. Actively managing a schedule can be very beneficial, especially when dealing with day to day goals. If you want something, you have to be prepared to dedicate the time it takes to get it.
- Lack of preparation/knowledge: You must be prepared. Do not try to blindly pursue your goals. Know what you are getting into. Do research. Learn about the journey you have ahead of you, whether it is big or small.
- Self Doubt: Doubt is a huge contributor in preventing people from prospering. Your chances of failing become higher when the doubt is coming from yourself. If you do not believe you can do it, then you are less likely to try and more likely to fail.
- Procrastination: Every time you put something off you create more work for yourself. As the work piles up, so does the likelihood of not achieving your goals. When you get the urge to push something to the side, force yourself to tackle it in the present.
It is normal to hit some roadblocks on the path to reaching your goals. How you respond to these obstacles, shows how effective you will be in succeeding in whatever you have planned. It is important to figure out what normally knocks you off track so that you can better prepare for it the next time it happens. Perseverance is key. Do not be discouraged.
On Thursday April 3rd, Philadelphia MFT is hosting Yelp's Fit Club: Resolution Rewind: 3 Ways to Get Back on Track/Maintain Your '14 Goals. This event is open to Yelp users and will help you recharge yourself and get back on track with your goals. Please RSVP through Yelp and come join us. We would love to see you there!
This topic of the week was written by Malyka Cardwell, MFT.