The secret is out on how to achieve life goals… Those who write their goals accomplish significantly more than those who do not write their goals.

What’s more, in a recent study at Dominican University, it was shown that those who wrote down their specific goals and elicited the help of a friend for accountability achieved those goals 50% more often than those who did not write them down.

So what’s the problem?

The problem is that the vast majority of people think that setting goals is a waste of their time. Or maybe they've tried in the past and didn't achieve their goals and now are afraid of trying all over again.

Those who have the mindset, skills and habits needed to actually achieve goals aren't sharing their secrets… until now.

Here are the 5 biggest personal goal setting mistakes and how you can avoid them!

MISTAKE #1: Failing to Write Down Goals

The #1 reason that people don’t know how to set life goals is because they don’t write them down. Saying that you want to be “successful” is not a goal; it is a dream or a wish. The difference between goals and dreams is writing it down on a sheet of paper. Writing helps clarify things in our minds. If we don’t write things down or keep a log of these things, they get lost. Our goals must be easy to perceive, understand, or interpret.

As an example, when I was in Uruguay, a waiter tried to remember an order for 15 of us. He wasted 15 minutes of his time before he decided to get a pen and paper and commit our orders to this. Without writing things down, we leave things to chance and we don’t have a system to measure and monitor our results.

MISTAKE #2: Failing to Develop Pig Headed Discipline

There’s a saying that the difference between being interested in a goal and being committed to a goal is that when we’re interested, we do what’s convenient; when we’re committed, we do whatever it takes. When we commit whole heartedly to our goals, this daily commitment produces our passion. Over time this commitment leads to passion. You see, doing what we love will start the ball rolling on our journey towards your goals; the rest of the way is pig-headed discipline.

The late Chet Holmes, an American Sales and Marketing expert, said that we have to develop Pig Headed Discipline to succeed in life . Pig Headed Discipline is a combination of hard work, smart work and faithful persistence. The good news is that the real world does notice pig headed discipline. We get complemented on hard work and persistence. When we focus our energy on the people who can help us in life, the end result of is getting more done with greater ease and less effort than before.

Pig Headed Discipline was summed up nicely by Donald Trump. He said “Success never changes; you have to do whatever it takes”.

MISTAKE #3: Failing to Follow the Leader

A person that is coachable is committed to their own personal development, someone who is hungry for feedback from others and open to anything that may improve them. If people are not coachable, they simply feel that they know it all and that they have no performance issues. T.Harv Eker, author of Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, said that the three most dangerous words a person can use are “I know that”. It is dangerous to our self-development to say this.
We have to determine the people who are regarded as the best in our line of work, and decide to model them.

They have followed a system. We can replicate that system; increase our efficiencies and complete goals faster than ever before. Remember, success has a structure and a formula. We can save years of making mistakes and working hard by learning exactly what to do from others who have spent years and a lot of effort figuring out the exact things we want to know and should be doing to reach the goals we want.

MISTAKE #4: Failing to Use Failure as Feedback

Tony Robbins, the world’s #1 Peak Performance Coach says to “see it as it is, not worse than it is”. We sometimes make things out to be far worse than they are. Tony then said to see it as better than it is. This is a process to follow when we want to set and realize our goals. Regardless of the obstacles that may hold us back, we must keep pushing our way towards attainment of our goal. Only by honestly analysing our lack of progress can we determine how to achieve life goals and define the steps to take to change this picture.

As a habit, we need to replace the word failure with the word feedback. If we learn a lesson from failures, they are worth their weight in gold.

MISTAKE #5: Failing to Take Action

We often wait for others to knock on our door for opportunities. Timing is everything in life. If we don’t pounce on opportunities, we don’t give ourselves the chance to build upon them. For some people the term “taking action” is too much of a cliché and overused. Those two words are a common theme in every business seminar. Yet, these two words seem to fly over some people’s heads.

Why don’t people take action? Life is constantly throwing curve balls, thwarting our best efforts, giving us new and unanticipated challenges. So, we put off taking action, even on small things because we are afraid of moving in the wrong direction. We want things to be perfect. Guess what? Things will never be just right. “Practice makes perfect” is just a myth. You need to look for progress not perfection. Sloppy success is better than perfect mediocrity. All the major companies in the world today started sloppily, but ordinary things done consistently overtime, yield extra ordinary results.

There you have it – the 5 biggest goal setting mistakes and how to avoid them!

Author's Bio: 

Hi my name is Gary Daly and thanks for reading my article.I am a licensed FIFA football agent and work in sales and marketing.

I have found that the skill to set and achieve goals is the single-most important thing that distinguishes successful people from the rest.

Only a small percentage of people set goals!

Those who don't set goals think that setting goals is a waste of their time. Or they mistakenly believe that they have goals ... when in fact, they have only dreams or wishes.

Still, others have goals ... but they don't have the mindset, skills or habits needed to actually achieve their goals.

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