Berger Leadership Blog

May 01, 2015

Successfully meeting your goals


Why do we so often fail to meet our own goals? Numerous reports have shown that most people who set goals or resolutions at the beginning of the year rarely meet those goals. In fact, many people often give up or become derailed in this effort early in the year.

A Harvard Business Review blog post says many years of research suggest that some people come up short on their goals not because of who they are, “but more often because of what they do.” Blog post author Heidi Grant Halvorson explains nine things successful people do differently that helps them meet their goals:

  1. Be as specific as possible in setting goals.
  2. Be aware of those moments when you can act on goals – don’t miss opportunities because of your busyness.
  3. Monitor your goals and chart how much farther you have to go to reach them.
  4. Believe in your ability to meet your goals.
  5. Focus on improving yourself. Believe you can change and acquire new abilities.
  6. Persevere – commit to the long-term goals.
  7. Take on challenges you normally would not tackle. Build up your self-control and willpower “muscles.”
  8. Know your breaking point. Don’t take on too much at once.
  9. Focus on how to replace bad habits with good habits instead of only focusing on what you don’t want to do.

I hope this list helps you as you work on your own goals. I especially like items 4 and 5 – believing in yourself and your ability to change. But item 8 sounds pretty good too – don’t overload your goals list.