Reaching goals: The 10 biggest mistakes and how to avoid them.


Reaching goals: “Man always works towards a goal. But if you don’t have goals of your own, you work for someone else’s.”

 – Brian Tracy


“The quality of your goals determines the quality of your future,” they say. 


How about making this year the best year of your life?


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Shortly before graduation, I started consciously setting annual goals when a friend suggested it to me. 


I fell in love with this concept almost immediately.


But I haven’t always done it right. I’ve made some mistakes over the years. I have also observed numerous mistakes in other people.


10 Obstacles to success in reaching goals - and how to avoid them

10 Obstacles to success in reaching goals – and how to avoid them

These ten mistakes are the most common reasons people don’t achieve their goals.


1 – Did you write down your goal?

A goal you don’t write down is nothing more than a wish – it remains lifeless and powerless.


You only set something in motion when you write it down (or draw it).


You become clear about what you want, and your subconscious starts to look for solutions.


2 – Do you get bogged down?

“If you hunt two rabbits at the same time, you won’t catch them.”

 Asian proverb


We had to deal with this topic some time ago regarding muscle building and fat loss.


Of course, you should set more than one goal for this year but don’t set yourself so many goals that you get bogged down.


I don’t set myself more than 7-10 goals.


3 – Do you limit yourself to one area of ​​life?

Most people set career goals. I had agreed on targets with my boss every year in my old job.


MarathonFitness is all about your fitness goals –  looking good in a swimsuit.


But if you want to live a happy, fulfilled life, you can also include the other major areas of life: spirituality, partnership, relationships with friends, etc.


4 – How specific is your goal?

Most goals are too vague. “I want to get fit” or “I want to look fitter” are bad goals (and one of the reasons most people don’t stick with them).


  • What exactly does your body look like when you’re fit? 
  • How do you feel? 
  • What clothes are you wearing? 
  • How does this change your everyday life?


Your goal should be crystal clear – the more detailed, the better!


5 – How do you know you’re on target?

How do you know if you’ve achieved your goal if you can’t measure it?


  • “I have 5% less body fat” is much better than “I want to lose weight”.
  • “I can do twice as many pull-ups” is better than “I’m getting stronger”.


If you’re unsure, add a number or percentage to your goal.


6 – Do you have a time frame?

The important often fall victim to the urgent.


A deadline helps you stay focused on your goal, even when there are always other urgent things (but not that important).


Without a date, procrastination is so much easier.


7 – Do you have your goals in mind?

How often have you written down goals and never looked at them again?


I’ve done it far too often.


Find a routine that you see and go through on a daily basis.


I have a large vision board in my apartment that I automatically monitor daily.


I wrote down all my goals on it or visualized it in some other way.


8 – Are you stepping out of your comfort zone?

Safe targets are boring.


If you stay in your comfort zone, you will not exert yourself and will rather lie down in the morning than jump out of bed excited to take the next step.


Your goals should not be utopian, but they should challenge you.


9 – How excited are you about your goal?

“People are not lazy. They just don’t have goals worth pursuing,” says Anthony Robbins.


When you’re truly passionate about your goal, whatever you do to achieve it gives you extra power.


Even if you had to get up earlier to do it.


When you achieve it, a dream comes true. 


Most people give up midway through the process when things get tough, or something doesn’t work right away.


To keep the momentum going, for each goal, you should be clear about WHY you want to achieve it and what it MEANS for you and your life.


10 – Did you determine the next step?

You don’t need an elaborate plan for every goal.


Detailed planning is often another form of procrastination.


But you should always know the next step to keep making progress.


It was a special, extraordinary year. I think it was the best year of my life

Reaching goals – Conclusion

Imagine if I asked you again in exactly one year: “In which genre would you classify last year?”


You could reply, “The year was okay. Just like the one before.” 


Or you could say, “It was a special, extraordinary year. I think it was the best year of my life!”


You have what it takes to make this year the best year of your life. The decision is yours.


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