But sometimes, setting goals is not an appropriate thing to be doing.
3 reasons why you should NOT be setting goals
1. You are already feeling overwhelmed with everything you have on your plate.
If you are feeling like this, adding new goals into the mix is a recipe for creating even more overwhelm. As a result, your chances of turning your goals into reality are greatly reduced. It makes much more sense to focus on taking action to deal with your feelings of overwhelm first.
2. Your time and energy is taken up by managing the noise and urgency of day to day life
If this sounds like you, you might want to read “Why your to-do list is killing your results.” Being in a perpetual state of managing day to day noise is what I call “hamster wheel syndrome.” – you are probably peddling really hard and fast, but don’t feel like you are moving forward to what you really want. Being in the grip of hamster wheel syndrome and setting new goals is not a good combination for success.
3. Your schedule is already constantly full
Setting and achieving goals only happens where there is time and space to think, plan and take new actions. If your schedule is already constantly full achieving new goals isn’t going to happen.
Setting goals and then taking action to turn them into reality requires time, space and energy.
If your mental and physical space is already overloaded you are not in a good position to be setting goals that will become tangible results.
So, what is the solution? How can you effectively deal with the three points above to put yourself in a great position to set goals that you have the time, space and energy to work on?
Well, the answer is to focus on clearing the decks before you go rushing off into setting goals.
Clearing the decks is about dealing with the things that might be getting in the way of achieving your goals because they drain your energy and dominate your mental space and physical time
Imagine you have just bought a building site and wanted to build your dream home on it. You wouldn’t just steam ahead and start building your house.
You would clear the site first of all the rubbish and debris that is on it to give yourself a good, clear solid space for building what you want.
The same is true for setting yourself up to succeed with setting and achieving your goals. You need to clear the decks first.