Goals Hold You Back

Goals Hold You BackAre goals really helpful? Some research says your goals are what get you off-track and into trouble.    

There is something you want to achieve so you make it a goal, a SMART goal. Depending on the definition you use of what SMART stands for, your goal might look something like this:

  • Specific – you articulate exactly what it is you are planning on doing and why
  • Measurable – so you can definitively say where you are on your path to achieving it
  • Attainable – you put in a little stretch, but make it achievable
  • Relevant – you get really clear on the context for you goal, why you, why now and so on
  • Time-related – you define a deadline that you are aiming for

What typically happens next, is that once you get going, things “come up.” Challenges arise.

When  working towards something, one is dealing with the unknown. Most goals rely on estimates and guesses and the speculations are very often so approximate they have little chance of being right.

You inevitably need to re-work your goals and change one or more of the SMART objectives with which you started out.

In effect, you change your goal.

How does that affect you?

Maybe you are resilient and you just get on with revising the steps and press forward, but how often do you feel a sense of failure? How often does it feel as if reality has intruded and made you feel that you missed something? That you’re not ready? Not good enough? Not…?


Get your vision right before you start setting your SMART goals. It keeps you motivated.

  • Get really clear on WHY you want to achieve whatever you are going after.
  • Own the OUTCOME more than you do the steps to get to it.
  • Accept the process of reassessment and realignment that is inevitably going to be required.
  • Love the journey, because when you feel a sense of action-with-purpose, you have staying power.

You can find out more about how to LIVE YOUR VISION HERE.

Love life – live happy!





Author: Sue Hines

Image courtesy of marin at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
  1. Jacqueline GumJacqueline Gum04-02-2015

    SMART goals is right on the money Sue! Some folks (myself included) need to learn how to separate dreams from goals! You stated it perfectly with the blurry vision.
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    • Sue HinesSue Hines04-02-2015

      It can be confusing sometimes, Jacqueline. That’s why we need to write them down and keep tweaking them as things become clearer.

  2. Susan CooperSusan Cooper03-26-2015

    When I was younger I’d do “almost” SMART goals. I.e. something ridiculous like I will lose 30lbs in 45 days by eating only 500 calories per day and working out for 5 hours a week so I’ll look great for vacation. Talk about stupid and not Attainable. Lol. Got to make sure you get all the parts of the smart goal. 🙂
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    • Sue HinesSue Hines03-26-2015

      Oh, Susan, that’s a great point. Attainable is important, but more important is the vision – Looking great for vacation. If you can hold fast to that, making mistakes on the goals allows you to revisit them and keep on track for the big vision. It’s when you get hung up on the PROCESS instead of the vision that things get squirly.

  3. IkechiIkechi03-24-2015

    Hi Sue

    You are right. A vision that is blurry does not boost motivation. I agree that one needs to get his vision right so that he will not be weary which is the reason that the “Why” must be determined from the very beginning.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a great week.

    • Sue HinesSue Hines03-25-2015

      Love the image of ‘blurry vision.’ The Why provides the lighthouse that keeps one on track.

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