January 15, 2018

How I Plan to Stop Over-Goaling Myself

With the new year comes new goals and though I have no shortage of things I want to accomplish in the coming months/year, I am taking a new tact in how I address them.

While sitting with my nutritionist recently she piggybacked off something I said and made the comment that I "over-goal" myself. I immediately recognized that she was right {loved the word} and then as I thought about it more continued to have an a-ha moment.

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Basically, I set so many goal and plans in motion that I'm intrinsically setting myself up to fail because there's no way I'm going to be able to meet every goal. Seeing as how I have some pretty major ones this year I want to be sure that I'm on track and will actually met them as opposed to making excuses. Basically, I'm committing.

1| Keeping the goals per month at a minimum

This is a true case of "less is more". I don't want to over-extend myself by making a laundry list of things to accomplish. This automatically takes away from the quality of the goals and distracts me.

2| Choose goals that are S.M.A.R.T.

This isn't something I typically do. Or I do, but they're usually only specific. Right now, I know what a few of my major goals are {paying off credit cards; improving credit score; getting a new lease...} and while they have S.M.A.R.T. aspects I want to hone in on them so I know in mid-July that I am still on target to hit my goals.

3| Stay Committed

For me, this is by far the most challenging part. It's very easy to mentally set goals but not adhere to them. To avoid this I'm going to write out the major goals I have for this year and then break them down into steps which I can work on each month. This ensures that they stay on my mind and that I'm continuously working towards meeting them.

I'm really glad that she threw out the word "over-goaled" because it made me step back and think about the goals I make and the way I approach them. I realized it wasn't working. Having a refreshed outlook is keeping me motivated and oriented to not only set true goals, but to attain them. And that's the part that matters most.


  1. I have a few goals but havent even shared them yet mainly because well I dont want to over-goal and underachieve. Great tips!

  2. I definitely over-goal myself. I have been making an effort to cut back on them, and make them more specific, but I know a lot of times I'm still setting myself up for potential failure.