Why Setting Goals Doesn’t Work?

It is usually around this time of the year when my social media is flooded with people talking about setting goals and starting off a strong new year. But does setting goals really work? Does setting goals really help us grow and achieve the things that we want in life? Today, I want to share with you why I think setting goals doesn’t really work.

Setting Goals Doesn’t Work If Your Goals Are Not Specific

When you set goals for yourself, make sure your goals are specific and measurable. What do I mean by this?

A lot of the time, people set goals without even knowing if the goals are what they really want. S

For example, saying that you want a new car is simply JUST NOT ENOUGH! You need to know what type, what colors, what years of car you want. Most importantly, do you know how much this car is going to cost you? A lot of people put fancy cars on their dream board without knowing anything about the car. I call this “dreaming”, not “setting goals and planning for success”. Besides, if you don’t even know how much the car costs, how do you know the number to work toward?

Have you had a test drive the car before? What if the two hundred thousand dollars car you have been working so hard for turned out to be not quite something you wanted?

Isn’t it better to avoid the wrong investment at the beginning by knowing exactly what you really want and be very specific about your goals?

Setting Goals Doesn’t Work If You Don’t Mean It

I am guilty of this every year. Every December, I would cut a picture of a super fit model with her 6 packs abs and stick it on my dream board. I would sign up and pay for the whole year for the gym and only went for less than 10 times. Until one day, I got frustrated with myself and my failed fitness journey, I realized that I really didn’t want to have 6 packs and all those muscles flexing around my body. I just wanted to be healthy.

So instead of setting goals that I don’t mean, I started to set goals that really speak to me.

Setting Goals Doesn’t Work If Your Hustle Doesn’t Match Your Goals.

Everyone wants to live the comfortable and happy life but not everyone is willing to go through the work that is required to get there. Don’t make your goals bigger than your hustle! Make your hustle bigger than your goals and your dreams will eventually come true.

Are you sick and tired of setting goals every January just to know that you couldn’t cross them out in December? I know I am! I also know that if I keep doing the same things, I will always get the same results.

Let’s start 2018 with a new game plan! Let’s make fewer announcements and take more actions!

What are your goals for 2018?






  • This is very true. I often find myself thinking ‘oh yay goal setting’ it’s important! But then I thought but why is it so important? For me, I like to fly by the seat of my pants and enjoy taking life as it comes. However, now as a blogger, I think goals are important. But like you said they need to be specific, and we need to recognize the goals we actually want to achieve and turn them into actionable goals. I’m pretty guilty of the failed fitness journey too- I was in the same boat where I wanted to look a certain way when all along my goal was to just be healthy. This just goes to show the importance of not overwhelming yourself with what you think you want, but what will bring us the most fulfillment.

    • Yes! We live in a world of such instant gratification that constantly make us want more and set goals that aren’t realistic. A lot of us want a lot of things but don’t realize it was what society imposes on us and not really what we want. It’s so important to listen to your inner voice and find out our true callings! Hope you have a good start this year with your new goals and dreams 🙂 You are doing amazing!

  • Awwww this is such a great reminder! I am queen of setting goals and not following up with it! Or it takes me FOREVER to get started! I actually stopped setting goals for the new year for a couple of years now. This is the pessimistic side of me speaking, “why bother setting them, it’s not like I’m going to follow it anyways!” But I guess I’ll start with a simple goals this year.

  • I totally agree with you. We tend to set unattainable goals and then feel bad when we don’t meet the goals. I’m guilty of this. I’m refocusing my goals for 2018. 🤞

  • These are all good points. Goals have to be specific and in line with what we really want out of our lives. And, of course, even the best goal will never be achieved if it’s not followed by action. Personally, I love setting goals, but to me, it’s not only about the goal itself. It’s what I learn and the way it changes me throughout the journey to its completion. P.S. Since the holidays are pretty near – I wish you a sparkling 2018! 🙂

  • Yes!
    I remember back in my first year of college, I took a general business course and one of the lessons taught revolved around “SMART” goals. It’s funny because I never thought twice about it until I started to realize how necessary it is to develop specific, measurable, attainable goals with a time frame.

    Hope 2018 has been a successful year for you thus far!!

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