SOR 036: Goals That Set You Up To Fail

Goals can either drive you to succeed or set you up to fail - here are a few of the differences.

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At this time of year, it’s useful to reflect on how things have gone over the last 12 months and what you’d like to change moving forward. Usually this takes the form of setting goals for the coming year. That type of striving to improve can be good, but if you aren’t careful about the goals you set you’re inviting failure and frustration.

The good news: it’s easy to fix.

In this episode:

  • the trouble with most goals – why so many typical goals are going to leave you gnashing your teeth
  • outcome-based goals vs. behavioral-based goals – which is a better metric of long term success
  • habits lead to goals – what are the habits of someone who is likely to experience the outcome you’d like

Items mentioned:

  • SMART Goals – the Wikipedia page on this methodology for creating goals
  • TeuxDeux – the task managing app that I recommend in the quick tip

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