Telling you not to set goals for the new year might probably be the most counter-intuitive advice you have received in recent times. But, before you brush it aside, think about the goals you set but failed to accomplish in the passing year. Ever figured out what went wrong? Ever wondered why you conveniently choose not to revisit where you wrote down your goals by the middle of every year? Why set goals if you almost never follow through on them?
Without doubt, the ability to set goals is one of the hallmarks of successful individuals. However, you might have to quite setting goals if:
They are unrealistic
How realistic your goals are is never really a function of if someone else has been able to achieve a similar feat. For all you know, you might be the first to actually set those goals. But, what matters more is what you have done and what you are willing to do to accomplish them.
Granted, there is the place of believing in your goals but unrealistic goals are really a sheer waste of mental effort and time. For instance, an entrepreneur who is yet to fully understand how his business idea will earn him money really has no business applying for a chance to pitch to serious-minded investors.
How realistic are your goals?
You don’t believe in them
Other than unrealistic goals, setting goals that you don’t believe in is really a sheer waste of time. Not only will they give you no motivation or zest to accomplish them, you will have a hard time convincing other people (who might be instrumental to you achieving them). Simply put, you can’t put up a good fight for what you don’t believe in.
If they put a limit on your dreams and keep you in your comfort zone
Goals that do not test the limit of your potentials or pushes you to achieve the ‘impossible’ is not worth setting at all. These goals often result in achievements that are the same as setting no goals in the first place.