When it comes to setting and keeping goals, there are many common myths that could derail you.

Setting goals isn’t just for highly motivated people or those with Type A personalities. In fact, setting goals is a healthy thing for all of us to do throughout every stage of our lives. Regardless of what your goals may be, there are many myths and misconceptions about setting and reaching goals that could end up derailing you. At Goal Plus, we are dedicated to helping you reach your goals through our one-of-a-kind goal setting app, and that’s why we’ve set out to debunk the most common goal-setting myths out there:

Myth #1. You have to have a specific goal in mind to get started.

While having a concrete goal in mind is always a good idea, don’t give yourself a free pass just because you don’t have one. The fact of the matter is, the journey to reaching your goal is often more meaningful than actually reaching the goal itself, and just because you don’t have a set goal in mind, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be working towards a goal, even if it’s incredibly¬†general. In most cases, when you start taking steps to work towards a general goal, it gives you the motivation you need to create a more specific goal.

Myth #2. If you haven’t achieved past goals, you’ll never achieve future goals.

Here’s an interesting statistic from a study conducted by the Statistic Brain Research Institute: 37 percent of people in their 20s who set New Year’s resolutions¬†kept them, while only 16 percent of people in their 50s kept them. Presumably, the people in their 50s have more resources to reach their goals, so why don’t they? Chances are, many of them are so focused on their past failures that they don’t really try to reach those goals. But the good news is that past failures don’t have to mean future failures. There’s a big difference between the thoughts, “I haven’t reached goals in the past” and “I can’t reach goals in the future.”

Myth #3. It’s best to set safe goals.

Setting unrealistic goals is a recipe for failure, but that doesn’t mean that you should set goals that are too safe and allow you to remain in your comfort zone. While a goal should be attainable, it should also push you. The fact of the matter is that goals that are too safe aren’t motivating or compelling, but when you set bigger, more challenging goals, it motivates you to do more than you ever imagined possible.

Myth #4. There’s no reason to document your goals.

If you have a goal in your mind, is it really necessary to take the time to document it? Yes! And, here’s why: if you were in the process of building a home, you would first need a blueprint to work off of. Documenting your goals is like creating a blueprint for success. When a goal is in your mind, it’s more of an abstract concept than anything else, but documenting that goal allows you to make a plan for how you’ll actually accomplish that goal.

Myth #5. If you fall short of your goal, you’re a failure.

Part of the reason why so many people choose to set safe, easy-to-obtain goals is that they are afraid of failure. But part of setting and achieving healthy goals is adjusting the way you look at failure. For example, say your goal is to lose 30 pounds in six months. You start eating healthier and working out every day. You notice that your muscles are growing, and your pants are fitting looser. You’re feeling a lot more confident in your own skin. But at your final weigh-in, you discover that you only lost 20 pounds. You may have fallen short of that specific number, but you’re nowhere near a failure! The only way to truly fail at any goal is if you never try to reach it in the first place.

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