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10 Things To Know About Setting Goals For Yourself

Power of Goal SettingIf you’ve perused the categories of this site at all, you’ll have seen many posts under Goal Setting. It’s because it’s one of the main tools to help us focus and take the reigns of our lives so to speak, rather than by living on someone else’s terms. When we set goals in each area of our lives, whether they be for our body, finances, relationships or spirituality they create a destination for which to head. If we do not have a destination to head for, then how on earth will we get there? It would be like getting into a car with a friend and for them to say to you “where to?” and for you to say “no idea, just drive”.  There is a technique to goal setting though. We can set ourselves up for failure if we’re not careful – and it’s often by setting unrealistic goals or by being too ambiguous. Here are 10 things to know about setting goals for yourself from Psychology Today.

10 Things To Know About Goal Setting For Yourself

Setting and reaching goals is a mainstay topic in research across a range of disciplines, including psychology,neuroscience, marketing, and communications. Below is a survey of 10 recent findings about goals, chosen from these and other topic areas, that throw some light on the ups and downs of goal achievement.

1. Giving up a goal takes a psychological and physical toll.

First a word of caution – goal achievement is risky business. If setbacks start accumulating, and you begin doubting whether you can reach your goal, you’re on your way to what psychologists call an “action crisis.” This is the crucial point at which you experience an internal conflict about whether you should keep going or give up. Research has shown that experiencing an action crisis increases production of the stress hormone cortisol, which is your brain’s way of sounding a body-wide alarm in response to the internal conflict. The problem is, the extra cortisol doesn’t help your performance, and may contribute to giving up sooner. It also increases blood pressure, which takes a toll on your blood vessels.

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I set myself up for failure last year by setting a rather unrealistic financial goal given my current experience. It wasn’t unachievable with laser sharp focus on one area of business, but I was spreading myself thin across 3 areas of business and I failed to hit that financial goal. Have you ever set goals that you’ve missed? One simple way around it is by setting goals that you know you’ll achieve, and increasing your expectations gradually. If you set massive goals, know that they’re outrageous and that if you don’t achieve it, it’s ok. I read a book recently called Double Your Income Doing What You Love by Raymond Aaron and his recommendation is to set 3 levels of goals – Minimum, Target and Outrageous.

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