The 7 Goal Bandits-Part I

BY BENITA THORNHILL, MA, LPCA, LCAS-R                                        FEBRUARY 3, 2017

Creating and achieving goals make us feel great about ourselves and the life we are living. They give our life purpose and meaning and help us reach deeper levels within ourselves. If setting and reaching goals have such positive effects, why do we eventually lose momentum and give up on them?  There are 7 reasons why we give up on our goals prematurely.

  1. Underestimating how much time and effort will have to go into our goals to reach them.
  2. Failing to prioritize and integrate our goals with our daily activities.
  3. Not calculating how much reaching our goals will cost physically and financially.
  4. Making goals that involve the actions of other people.
  5. Letting our moods determine our productivity.
  6. Procrastinating.
  7. Waiting for others to give their  stamp of approval.

I like to call these reasons the “Goal Bandits” because they tiptoe in unnoticed and hijack our good intentions. In Part II we will look at 7 ways to prevent the “Goal Bandits” from slinking in and robbing us of our goals.