Is Your Goal Specific?
“Is your goal specific? Broad is bad!“
What does that mean?
According to the University of Scranton, 92% of New Year’s Resolutions fail, and that means only 8% of people who set a New Year’s Resolution actually see it through to completion.
February 1st is considered “Quitters Day” because the majority of people give up on their New Year’s Resolutions on that day.
Over the next few weeks, we are going to be discussing 6 ways we can set goals for ourselves that are easier for us to accomplish so that we don’t fall into that 92%.
For week 2, I want to ask the question, are your goals specific?
Often times, we set goals for ourselves that are very broad and lack specific details on what you need to do in order to accomplish those goals.
Change your broad, general goals into specific goals by adding details like numbers and dates.
Turn, “I want to lose weight this year” into, “I will lose 20 pounds by December 31st”.
If you do not make your goals specific, you leave too much room for failure. It is much more likely that you will complete a goal that you can measure.
Goals with numbers allow you to know exactly how much you have accomplished and how much more you have to go.
Goals like, “I want to lose weight this year”, “I want to lift more weight this year”, “I want to read more this year”, and “I want to save money this year” are all far too broad and do not give you anything specific to work towards.
Chasing a broad goal is like throwing darts at a dart board while blindfolded. You have an idea of what you’re trying to hit, but you don’t have anything to aim at.
Next week we are going to discuss the importance of setting “realistic” goals!
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