Goal Setting: Common Pitfalls To Avoid (Part 3)

Goal Setting: Common Pitfalls To Avoid (Part 3)

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“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.” ~ Hosea 4:6

“As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do” ~ Andrew Carnegie

We have looked at quite a number of potential obstacles to overcome and I hope you have received valuable insights so far. Today I will cover a few more to conclude this short series of pitfalls to avoid and my hope is that after this you will be in a position to set and successfully achieve your goals. A desire realized is sweet to the soul and being aware of these potential pitfalls enhances your chances for success.

Lack of reflection time

Peter F. Drucker once said, “Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” It’s important to pause regularly to assess your effectiveness as you pursue your goals. Reflection helps you establish what works and what doesn’t. You are then able to determine a better course of action after figuring that out. It’s detrimental to keep doing the same things without assessing whether or not you need to keep doing those things. Therefore pause often.

Perhaps you may need to spend one day a month just reflecting and refocusing. It’s amazing the insights you can get that can quickly turn things around in your life.

Inadequate Personal Development

I think it was Abraham Lincoln or George Washington that said if he had 3 hours to chop down a tree he would spend the first 2 hours sharpening his axe and the last hour chopping down the tree. As you assume more and more responsibility in life you need to develop your capacity to handle it. This is a simple yet profound concept. As I shared in a previous article, continual learning ensures lasting success.

Our ability to continually learn is probably the biggest asset we can have especially in these times when things are ever changing. Personal development doesn’t happen by chance. You have to become intentional about what you feed your mind because you become what you behold.


The quickest way to achieve the results you want is by learning from people that have the results that you want. They provide valuable insight and experience that you might not have been able to get otherwise. However, it’s better to model and follow people that you resonate with as an individual. Not everyone that is ahead of you is a right fit for you. You should feel comfortable around the people that you look up to.

At a seminar I heard it put in this way – Find someone who has what you want and do what they do. It will save you a lot of time and energy trying to figure things out by yourself.

This concludes another series on the area of goals. These are lessons that I have learned over the last 10 years of my life. I hope they help you to achieve phenomenal success in your endeavors. Please share your thoughts and comments in the comments box below, I’d love to hear from you. Until next time,

Be all you can be!

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