Do You Make These Five Mistakes When You Set Goals?

Do you like setting goals? How good are you at achieving what you set out to accomplish? Do you give up half way or do you battle on and stick to your vision through thick and thin?

Like most of you, I set goals. Some I achieve, others I lose sight of and they get lost in this mystery we call life.  Maybe you want to lose weight, get fitter, or save more money; whatever it is you desire, you need to have a system, a way of working which makes it easier for you to set and achieve your goals.

If you haven’t read it, then this post will give you an insight into five common mistakes people make when they set goals. Following the advice in this one, you will have a head start on knowing what to avoid and what to do to achieve your goals.

Five Common Mistakes To Avoid When Setting Your Goals

1.       You Lack Focus

Are you bored

Are you bored?

Focus is everything. I am sure you have heard of the saying, what you focus on you become so, if your desire is to lose weight you need to spend time and energy doing the correct things to achieve that outcome. It is too easy to say I want to lose 7lbs yet if you continue to mindlessly snack and eat unhealthy food you won’t lose the weight.


How Do You Focus?

In this age of multi-tasking, it is easy to be pulled in all directions, trying to keep your boss, clients, family and partner happy. It takes a lot of effort to achieve anything if your energy is scattered. Learn to focus. Chose one thing you wish to achieve, for example, you may desire to be “healthier”. Chose one aspect of being healthier – maybe going to bed by 10.30pm or spending ten minutes every lunch hour going for a stroll around the block. Just choose one activity. Set a time boundary and stick to that one goal. You will find it easier to achieve one simple task than trying to fit in half a dozen or so changes at once.

2.       You Are Inflexible

It is good to have a focused and determined mindset, but have you ever met someone who is so stubborn and stuck in their approach that they refuse to consider any other route to achieve their goal. The journey is part of the process. In the course of working towards your goal, other options may present themselves and you need to be able to adapt and adjust your strategy without losing sight of your overall goal.

3.       You Lack Faith

Faith can be regarded as complete trust, hope and belief in something. To succeed in life, you need faith in your ability to achieve your goals or you need someone to believe in you. I know from personal experience, there have been instances in my life when I want to do something, yet the little voice inside says no ,you can’t do that; yet a friend will pass by and through talking they will encourage me to take the first step. I remember, when I decided to travel to India to train as a Yoga Teacher, much as I really wanted to go I worried about leaving my daughters for six weeks. Thankfully, my friends and family all rallied around, encouraged me to go and assured me the girls will be fine and well looked after.  Their faith in me and understanding of what I wanted to achieve, gave me the boost I needed to leave my girls for 6 weeks and travel.

 4.       Your Goal Is Boring and Has No Meaning For You

Something I picked up from Holly’s article was the need for your goal to be relevant and meaningful for you. Life is hard enough. Changing your behaviour can seem like a punishment or too steep a climb for you. For your goal to stick you have to make your goal meaningful to you; plus you need to build in pleasurable fun activities to celebrate each mini mile-stone you achieve. For example if your goal is to stop smoking, give yourself a treat, maybe have a massage or meal out with friends to celebrate your first week of being smoke free.

5.       You Fail To Follow Through

A lot of people make this mistake. Have you ever had a great idea? Or someone, maybe your coach or mentor, suggest you try a particular course of action. However, you fail to take the advice offered which makes it harder for you to accomplish your goal. To achieve your goals, you need to learn to act on advice and information received. Even if the information proves to be a waste of time, don’t dismiss it out of hand. Hear what the other person has to say, do your own research and then either ditch or accept the information.


Can you think of any other explanation why you fail to achieve your goals? I am sure there are other reasons. Have a think and feel free to share your views in the box below.


Take special care and thank you

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About Ntathu Allen

Yoga Teacher, Blogger and mum to three bubbly teens, I aspire to support, educate and encourage busy mums and working women to weave moments of calm into their hectic schedule.

About Ntathu Allen

Yoga Teacher, Blogger and mum to three bubbly teens, I aspire to support, educate and encourage busy mums and working women to weave moments of calm into their hectic schedule.


  1. I also found out that having too many goals in one time is not a good choice either. It is better to have one goal you’ve set and go for it. Even if you have many goals and you try to run for them all, it wouldn’t make you reach your goal to the highest. Just my two cents. 🙂
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    • goal at a time.Sometimes it is hard to choose a goal and if you are like me, I waste so much time flitting from one goal to another. So I have to focus on one activity at a time otherwise nothing gets done. Thanks for sharing.

  2. You bring up some excellent points here.

    I know one of my problems is a lack of focus. I have so many things going on at times and my mind is pulled in so many directions at once that I have a problem focusing on one thing sometimes. Either that, or I’m focused on that one thing to the exclusion of all else — the other extreme. But that focus is needed to get things done.

    I also see people suffer from a lack of faith. Without faith, you are unwilling to take the actions needed to get where you want to go.

    Thanks for sharing!
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    • Focus and important as you say. It is hard to focus on one thing at a time especially with all the distractions from internet and family commitments. I am writing a post about how yoga helps you set goals so hopefully it will offer you some support and ideas. thanks for passing by.Stay blessed

  3. Lol. Karen its great you set goals and even better that you celebrate every step of the way. Take care and thanks for sharing. Peace

  4. I make lots of goals. My trouble is with postponing gratification.