The Seven Most Common Mistakes People Make When Attempting to Execute their Goals

by | Oct 16, 2017 | Business Foundations | 0 comments

Episode 24 Show Notes

An excellent goal means nothing if you don’t implement tasks to accomplish that goal.  To get the very most out of this weeks episode,  I Invite you to review episode 23’s show notes or listen to the episode, where I teach you the top 10 mistakes people make when defining goals.  I also include a free download checklist to help you as you begin to define your goals.  Once you’ve learned how to define your goals, it’s time to learn how to then execute those goals. I’m sharing the seven most common mistakes people make when attempting to execute their goals.  I’m also giving you a free checklist walking you through planning the execution of your goals, which is linked below! 

Spending the majority of your time working on tasks that have nothing to do with your goal.

Here’s what I see happening: You make your goal and then table it for later and continue to work on whatever you were working on before you created your goal. If what you’re spending the majority of your time on has nothing to do with getting your goal accomplished, then it needs to take a back seat. You want to make sure that the work you’re doing brings you closer to accomplishing your goals and that your tasks are directly connected to your goal.

Not putting everything else on the backburner for the sake of reaching your goal.

If your goal is to reach a certain number of subscribers by a certain date, then the work that you do needs to have a direct link to getting more subscribers. If the primary way I reach my subscribers is through consistent content, then the majority of my time needs to be spent on creating that content and ensuring that it’s being pumped through all of my relevant channels.  There’s always something else that you can focus on in your business, but you have to learn how to set those things on the backburner in order to accomplish your goal. When you focus on the main thing, you’ll see much more progress.

Not having laser-like focus on the finish line.

Keep your goal at the forefront of your mind every single day. Don’t just set it and forget it. If you don’t incorporate your goal into your every day, you’re going to notice you’re not doing things that are going to get you to that goal.  Write out your goal in a place where you can see it daily.   

Not breaking your goals down.

If you have a quarterly goal or an annual goal, the only way to make it there is bit by bit. Break down your goals to digest it in the day-to-day and make it more manageable, measureable and easy to track your progress.  Breaking it down will also help you to determine if your goal was too high, too low or just right.

Not tracking your goals along the way.

Once your goals are broken down, you can easily track your progress and see if you are on track to meet your goal or if you need to make any changes in order to get back on track.

Focusing on metrics that don’t matter.

If your goal is to bring in more wholesale stores, but every day your focus is on your Instagram growth, that has nothing to do with your goal.  Focus on tasks that are going to direct you to accomplishing your goal. The metrics that matter are the ones that are going to help you meet your goals.

Not re-evaluating, adjusting, or creating new goals.

So many things that happened for me in 2017 were unplanned. For example, I didn’t plan to brand my business under my own name. But my goals and what I wanted  long-term changed.  Because I made room for change, when I saw the opportunity for new goals, I was able to make necessary shifts. 

How to Properly Execute Your Goals 

1.  Physically look at your goal

  Write down your goal and put it in a place that you can see it every single work day.

2.   Break it down

Work backwards and think about what work you need to do and what work do you need your audience to do in order to meet this goal. This will give you direction on the work you have to do over the next quarter, weeks, and days.

3. Track along the way

This will allow you to see your progress, which will give you the momentum to keep going and brings you closer. It will also push you to continue, especially if your goal is quantifiable.

4. Focus

Everything else that is not your goal gets 20% or less of your focus and time. You’ll begin to see results doing one thing at a time and doing it well.

5.  Leave room for reevaluation and adjusting

You never know what opportunity or unexpected shift in your business may reveal itself.


  • Doing work that has nothing to do with your goal [00:02:30]

    Not putting everything else on the backburner for the sake of reaching your goal [00:03:43]

    Not having laser-like focus on the finish line [00:06:58]

    Not breaking your goals down [00:08:45]

    Not tracking your goals along the way [00:09:56]

    Focusing on metrics that don’t matter [00:10:20]

    Not reevaluating, adjusting, or creating new goals [00:12:01]

    Properly executing your goals [00:19:14]

Action Steps

  • If you have not listened to episode 23, listen here and download the free goal defining checklist.  Then, download this weeks free download.  Use those together to define your goals and make plans toward accomplishing them.  If you would like to learn my exact strategies in more detail, visit Peace, Pace, Progress here.

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