3 Reasons Why You don’t Set Specific Goals

Everyone talks about setting a goal.

You feel like you should too.

So you bounce off some ideas and settle with:

Let’s get healthier.

Everyone would agree that it’s a worthy goal to pursue.

The problem with it is that the goal isn’t specific: it’s as vague and foggy as in the valley of a mountain in the early morning where you can’t see a thing. 

If your goal isn’t very specific, have you ever wondered why you set the vague goal?

But first, let’s see a few examples of common goals.

  • Lose weight
  • Get out of debt
  • Increase our net asset
  • Be more confident
  • Have a better fulfilling job
  • Broaden our knowledge

They are just plain as a bowl of rice, aren’t they?

We may have the same goals but we’re at a different stage of our life.

The specifics of our goals differentiate us.

They make our goals concrete.

That’s why the specifics are what really matters.

If you’re overweight, being healthy to you might mean losing 40 pounds in 6 months.

Want to get out of debt?

You want to be more specific e.g pay off $15K by the end of the year.

What does a better fulfilling job mean?

You probably have an ideal job title that you want to have this time next year.

A specific goal helps us to draw up a road map to follow.

It enables us to create an action plan for each day.

It also allows us to measure performance and track progress.

So why do we set a vague and foggy goal?

Here are 3 reasons you may not be aware of why you avoid setting a specific goal.

Without a Specific Goal, You Can’t Fail

You can’t fail!

Not failing sounds great, doesn’t it?

On the flip side though, it also means we can never achieve our goal.

Because there’s no specific goal to achieve.

The result?

We stay in the same place.

Only a specific goal can move you along to the direction you want to go.

Let’s say you set to lose 40 pounds in 6 months. You have a very specific goal.

Based on the specific goal, you can draw up your road map with a daily plan e.g run for half an hour 6 days a week to lose 40 pounds in 6 months.

In the worst scenario, you may not lose 40 pounds at the end of 6 months but you’ll be infinitely in better shape than “stay in the same place”.

Without a Specific Goal, You Don’t Need to Work Hard

Our conscious mind knows that setting a specific goal requires us to step out of our comfort zone.

We need to work hard.

We need discipline

The trouble is we humans – not just you – are fundamentally lazy.

By not setting a specific goal, you give yourself permission not to work hard so you can cruise along.

The result?

Of course, you remain in the same place, the most comfortable place.

The question is:

Fast forward 30 years with no change, would you still think you’d stayed in the same place?

Defintely no, right?

Without a Specific Goal, Your False Belief Always Wins

You can’t set a specific goal because deep down you don’t believe you can achieve your goal.

So by not setting a specific goal, you continue to feed into your false belief, letting your false belief win.

Your false belief stands firmly between you and what you can achieve and the person you can become.

You live in a loop of self-limiting reality you have created.

Taking you to the downward spiral.

If you want an ideal job in 12 months and believe you can, you’ll set a specific goal of updating your CV.

Send it out once a week while improving your current skills for a potential job offer.

On the other hand, if you let your false belief run the show, you’ll feel afraid of sending out a CV and only daydream your dream job with no action.

Final Thoughts

I’ve made the mistake of having vague goals in the past.

As a result, my life headed nowhere.

I learned that unless we set very specific goals and pursue them, we can’t live a meaningful life.

Every one of us can either stay in the same place (and eventually backwards) or move forward gradually by following a well laid out roadmap.

Choose to move forward and live a meaningful life each day by making your goals as specific as possible and pursuing them.

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