Goal Setting: Common Pitfalls To Avoid (Part 2)

Goal Setting: Common Pitfalls To Avoid (Part 2)

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“The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.” ~ Proverbs 13:4

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift” ~ Steve Prefontaine

Today we continue looking at the pitfalls that we should avoid when we set our goals. In case you missed the first part of this series you can find it here. In this article we look at a few more of the pitfalls that can easily hinder us from making progress in goal setting and getting. One of the most important things when pursuing your dreams is to make a commitment to get it done. Commitment means doing what you said you would do long after the mood you said it in is gone. Here are the other pitfalls to avoid.

Talking too much!

People that are just good at talking are rarely good at anything else. Just think about it. Talking and talking uses up a lot of your energy, therefore wouldn’t it make sense to focus your energy on taking ACTION? Life has taught me that talk is cheap. Top leaders in any field understand that actions speak louder than words. One of my mentors normally says, “Thoughts determine what we want. Action determines what we get.” Therefore the message is clear – ACTION is the only thing that produces the desired results.

Waiting for the perfect time

Life is not a dress rehearsal. Each and every day is an opportunity to express your gifts and talents and make a difference in the lives of the people around you. While the idea of getting everything ready to pursue your dreams sounds good, it’s not reality. We live in a less than perfect world therefore rarely do we have everything in place before we embark on a new journey. The best way to advance is to start with what you have from where you are. The provision for all the other things you need will come as you take the necessary action to get ahead. Martin Luther King Jnr once said, “Take the first step of faith; you don’t need to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”


This is probably one of the worst enemies of goal getting. When you’re half-hearted you’re double minded which in simple terms means confusion. As stated earlier if you commit to doing something keep that commitment. Make a sound decision to get things done even when you don’t feel like it. 90% of your effort is not enough, not even 99%. Only 100% will do, nothing less. When you give anything less than your best you sabotage your chances of fulfilling your full potential. You owe it to yourself, your family and the world around you. Our gifts are not our own but they have been entrusted to us by the Lord to bring glory to His Name and serve other people.

I hope you have enjoyed this and gained some insights. I’d love to hear your comments which you can share in the comments box below. The next article will cover a few more pitfalls to avoid in the pursuit of your goals. Until next time,

Be all you can be!

About the author

Sija Mafu is an Online Enthusiast and Personal Development Fan. As as a devout Christian, his vision is to see young people take responsibility for their lives and create bright futures for themselves, their families and society at large.

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