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Many people give up goal setting because they don’t achieve the results they set out to.

I am a big proponent of setting goals for your personal and professional life. One of the processes I take my coaching clients through includes making a plan for their life, business, and time.

The goal of these plans is to help them dig in and get from where they currently are to where they always wanted to be. One of the greatest benefits of taking this avenue is that it gives a person great clarity on what they want. Then they simply set goals to get them to their desired future.

By the time these plans are tweaked there can be more than a dozen goals. While the clarity is increased tremendously, many people still don’t hit their goals. One of the main reasons they don’t hit their goals can be summed up in one word; focus.

We set ourselves up for failure when we front-load our goal setting. It is harder to focus on multiple goals at one time, because if you aim at everything, you may hit nothing. Here are a few ways to help you get focused on your goals.

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1. Decide what your three most important goals are. 

Instead of having dozens of personal and professional goals, decide what are your most important three are from your life and business.  Now you may think that you won’t have the impact necessary if you set fewer goals. While that can be true if you set goals that have an impact on multiple areas you can still go far.

2. Keep your goals in your face.

If you just write the goals down today and never at them again, it’s unlikely that you will hit them. At a minimum, I encourage people to read their life plan weekly. Better yet, create some kind of visual scoreboard, that will serve as a constant reminder of your progress.

3. Give your goals some time

I am not referring to waiting some time before deciding, but that there should be a time in your schedule to accomplish your goals. One of the most consistent ways to improve it to create a weekly rhythm. In a weekly rhythm, you make time for what is most important.

The reality is that all of your time will not be able to be spent chasing some new goal, there is most likely too much demand on your life for that to be realistic. You may be able to give up to twenty percent of your time to a new initiative.

Once you shrink the number of goals, create a way to keep them in your face, and give the goals the necessary time to accomplish, you will be well on your way to giving the proper focus to reach your preferred future.