The Dark Side of Unrealistic Goals: How They Can Sabotage Your Life and Happiness

Feel better about your life by eliminating the self-delusion and frustration you’ve carried around for years

Roger A. Reid, Ph.D.
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3 min readJan 2, 2023

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It’s the traditional time to make plans for the new year!

And while there are lots of different goal-setting strategies (S.M.A.R.T, MBO, and other processes of determining what comes next in your life), they’re all based on some derivation of identifying what’s most important to you and prioritizing your time and resources to bring it into reality.

Unfortunately, setting goals simply doesn’t work for the majority.

Every year it’s the same story: We bring out last year’s goals and transfer the same unaccomplished objectives to our new list, vowing that this year is going to be different!

Maybe we add a few new objectives, but the big goals — the ones we’ve carried forward for the last five or ten years — are still there, taking their usual place of prominence at the top of the list.

Probable chances of accomplishing those carried-forward goals? About the same as last year. And the year before.

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Roger A. Reid, Ph.D.
Publishous

Author of “Better Mondays”|Host of Success Point 360 Podcast|Tips & strategies on personal development-work-productivity-careers-life | https://RogerReid.com