Why most people never achieve their goals

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One of the biggest obstacles that I have seen when it comes to not ever achieving goals is that people fail to put a deadline to their goal.

Every goal should have a due date attached to it otherwise you will just become lazy and never do what you know you ought to be doing?

My question to you is do you have a due date for your goals?

If you don't, chances are if you are to lazy to assign a due date for your goals, you may be too lazy to do what it takes to achieve it!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author leadgenninja
    Yup ... I love deadlines! I love that feeling of pressure.
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  • Profile picture of the author skyjoe76
    Also to have those goals right in front of you.

    Out of sight, out of mind. Put those goals where you cannot miss
    them. Seeing them daily reminds you of taking action towards those goals.
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  • Profile picture of the author Affiguy
    yes, deadlines are vital.

    Be clear about how important meeting the deadline is. Be honest about how vital this project is and what is at stake for the project if it is not completed on time. That will help you stay focused.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gourmet Gifts
    Originally Posted by slingingshot15 View Post

    never do what you know you ought to be doing?

    My question to you is do you have a due date for your goals?
    I agree - it is too easy to get lost in the theory and keep researching and reading instead of putting down the book and starting to actually DO.

    I gave up alcohol 167 days ago and started walking every day for at least half an hour and it is changing my life, every morning and every night.

    Having a clear head and feeling fitter a such a head start on where I was this time last year.

    Most people never achieve their goals because they are too scared to set them and let anything come along and distract them.

    Good Luck with your journey.
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    • Profile picture of the author IMWinner
      It"s very important to set some deadline to your goal, since this will drive and motivate you to attain your goal in a span of time. Without setting some deadline, you can just justify the time frame for as long as you want it to do and when you want it to do. There is no pressure and timeline that will make you work to finish what you are doing to meet the deadline.
      I could also add that the lack of focus can also be a factor why people will never achieve their goals, as it will make some distractions to your work and will eventually try to divert your attention to other things. As what other people may add, "if you take away your eyes on the road, you will eventually meet some roadblocks ahead of you". Clearly stating that, to reach your destination, you must set your eyes on the road always so you could avoid roadblocks, and can manoeuvre yourself away from those roadblocks.

      Just keep your eyes on the road, focus on the things that you want to do and set deadlines for your goal.
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      • Profile picture of the author Magnus Koenig
        Good post. Setting deadlines for your goals is important, but you should set yourself a lot of smaller goals (that lead to a big goal) with very short deadlines to be most efficient.
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  • Profile picture of the author hanandaner
    Yes, i agree with the concept of Deadlines... i think deadlines will help you push yourself, to put in that little effort to achieve your goal...

    i should say this.. deadlines are better than targets!
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  • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
    Just to provide an alternative view, here is a blog post I made about the subject ...

    http://www.whitedovebooks.co.uk/blog...-on-your-goals

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  • Profile picture of the author mrdomains
    Absolutely right. A goal is nothing without a deadline.

    Another achievement killer is not understanding the difference between ambition and goal.

    Both are essential but one is a emotional motivator and the other is a tactical tool.
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  • Profile picture of the author TianaBanana
    I like how I understand this a million times more than I ever did in school, when the phenomenon was most present with home work every night that I would just blow off.
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    • Profile picture of the author abundantlife
      I'm in a contest at the present time. It has a definite start and end date. Because the reward is so significant and also inline with my other goals the deadline is causing me to set aside some less important activities in order to accomplish the goal.

      I mostly don't like deadlines because I don't like the pressure. But if the goal is important enough they certainly can be a powerful incentive to action.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jager
      Originally Posted by TianaBanana View Post

      I like how I understand this a million times more than I ever did in school, when the phenomenon was most present with home work every night that I would just blow off.
      haha school.

      What a JOKE.

      So happy I left that racket when I got the chance.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisKahler
    I'm gonna go against the status quo on this one!

    To be honest, deadlines don't really help people achieve their goals... especially self imposed deadlines. The reason why?

    It's all about accountability. A person can set a goal and work towards getting there, but if they fail to meet the deadline, what happens? A self accountable goal simply gets reset to another date.

    Subconsciously the person knows this and fails to achieve their goal in time and this actually has a negative effect of discouragement.

    To succeed at achieving something momentum is the most powerful thing you can get on your side, not deadlines!

    It's all about HOW you set your goals, how you "chunk" them down into bite sized achievable pieces, and then the manner in which you CHALLENGE yourself in small increments to start knocking the challenges out.

    This is actually the way Olympian medalists set their goals. The problem with a lot of goal setters today is that they don't know how to scale their goal down into these individual challenges.

    Rather, they choose a goal, choose a time, and then get after it. That's recipe to burn out and discouragement.

    Rather, choose a goal, break it down into individual components, and then break down those individual components further until you've got small pieces you can accomplish one at a time in a week or two worth of time. If it takes you longer than a week or two to complete a challenge it hasn't been broken down small enough.

    Then CHALLENGE yourself to achieve that finish line and get someone to hold you accountable. If you don't meet your challenge on time, don't become discouraged, just reassess your current abilities and then realign your goal until your abilities improve.

    Olympians don't try to win the GOLD medal when training... they try to beat their current BEST. So knowing how good you perform is paramount, and usually the first times around as you set and go after these challenges, you'll see if you need to make them more difficult or easier.

    Then once you figure out your abilities, start knocking off challenges (which all lead towards a primary goal), you'll build a ton of momentum that will carry you more fervently towards that main objective and your abilities will constantly improve so that your challenges can get more CHALLENGING

    Conventional goal setting wisdom simply doesn't work because it's a lot of rehashed old timey advice. Start working on your own systems towards setting and achieving goals that doesn't add PRESSURE (that's just another form of stress) but rather build MOMENTUM (each small success will lead you more excitedly towards the next!).

    Hope this helps everyone,

    Chris
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    • Profile picture of the author DGFletcher
      Originally Posted by ChrisKahler View Post

      I'm gonna go against the status quo on this one!

      To be honest, deadlines don't really help people achieve their goals... especially self imposed deadlines. The reason why?

      It's all about accountability. A person can set a goal and work towards getting there, but if they fail to meet the deadline, what happens? A self accountable goal simply gets reset to another date.

      Subconsciously the person knows this and fails to achieve their goal in time and this actually has a negative effect of discouragement.

      To succeed at achieving something momentum is the most powerful thing you can get on your side, not deadlines!
      Thank you Chris!!

      You are so right about that!

      That's one of the reasons that video gaming actually helps me work.

      Real Life is full of 'do this... then what? I dunno. Zero success for 4 weeks. What's going on? I have to wait for so-and-so, huh?'

      Video Games are full of "do this, achieve results, then do this, achieve results, then do this, achieve results".

      I'll game for awhile "action, results, action, results". Then I'll think of some stuff I can do in Real Life that get me "action, results, action, results". Then I'll do that for awhile until I run out of Real Life results. And then I'll game for awhile.
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      • Profile picture of the author buckeyes09
        Originally Posted by DGFletcher View Post

        What's going on? I have to wait for so-and-so, huh?'
        Yeah, recently I hired some people to do things, some of which took a couple of weeks, during which I didn't have much I could do. At that point it was a waiting game. I can definitely do much more now that I'm working on a couple of campaigns, but deadlines work better when you don't have the "precarious variable".
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  • Profile picture of the author jefferytucker
    great shares....
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  • I personally prefer to set deadlines for specific actions that I expect will have me rech my goals. Actions are controllable. However, goals sometimes are a little more difficult to pin a specific date to.
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  • Profile picture of the author hireava
    I think most people never achieve their goals simply because they lack interest and focus on what they're doing.
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  • Profile picture of the author ginia
    It's human nature to let a task fill the time allotted to it, so no deadline = doesn't get finished! I'm best at finishing a project under the pressure of a deadline.
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  • Profile picture of the author jinjinjk
    I never thought about putting a deadline on a goal......that is a great idea! Thank you!
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    • Profile picture of the author ralchevd
      Originally Posted by jinjinjk View Post

      I never thought about putting a deadline on a goal......that is a great idea! Thank you!
      I was thinking of how good 99designs' contest work. They have a deadline - if you don't finish your desired entry until then - they just pickup someone else. It is exactly the same in SEO and IM. If you don't focus and finish the job - it will leave you. Do it while it is fresh is what I can say
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  • Profile picture of the author steve24
    yes i have a due date to my work but when it comes to work i need to wake up as much as earlier so i can work much..specially when the work is contract and you wil got a big amount on money to this i will really work earlier for a big money..haha
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  • Profile picture of the author franhawes
    great! if you set a deadline to your goal, you will be obliged to do all that you can to meet it. You can be more focused in whatever your goal is.
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  • Profile picture of the author happykate
    I agree deadlines are essential - but also necessary is the real motivation - so why do you want this goal? Not just for the goal itself but what else will it give you?
    How will you feel if you don't go for the goal?
    If we aren't clear on WHY we want to achieve the goal (aside from the goal itself, e.g. if the goal is to make $100 a month, what will this make you feel, what are the emotions associated with it?) it is much more likely we will achieve it.
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  • Profile picture of the author russelljohnson
    being lazy.....or shall we say no ambitions in life...
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Bill
    I just removed all my deadlines and replaced them with ASAP! Now I get things done much faster. Dates were killing me. Removing them all was the best thing I did but you have to WANT the goal.
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgeJafen
    Interesting theory to add a due date to everything. It can help you accomplish a goal, but make sure if you miss you're deadline you don't let that set you back. Know that sometimes even well intentioned due dates can be moved around and life can just get in your way, and that's okay. Eventually, you'll get tired of it reoccurring on your calendar and get it done.
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  • Profile picture of the author Elizabeth Fee
    I really couldn't agree more. Working under the pressure of a deadline gives the impression that if you do not accomplish your goal, you fail. At least that is how I feel, and I've noticed a difference between the goals that I've set deadlines for and the ones that I put on my goal list without a deadline... those goals have yet to be achieved.
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  • Even in Think and Grow Rich, Napolean Hill talks about giving it a deadline. This is very important for the goal to manifest.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Bill
    You would think it would great but in reality it doesn't seem to work very well at all with the great majority of the people I surveyed saying they hate setting goals and coming up with dates and I had one guy say the only time he used his fancy goal setting reminder service was to move the dates away...again.

    I know that setting dates is as old as the hills but the reality is that many people do not reach them and so abandon them as a failure. The goal makes them feel bad, the spiral into "nothing ever works for me" and when the black box is examined it's the dates that killed the goal. "Keep the goal, lose the dates, replace with ASAP" I suggest and things start moving again, usually faster than before.

    Just saying that for some, dates are killers and daily reminders of failure. Dates are fake and we know it when setting them. Unless the date is essential (like buying Christmas presents before new years eve or paying the electricity bill before they switch off your power) it has been proven many times over that dates can be killers unless it's essential for real, not "fake" essential. Dates feel good the day you set them but after that they are a thorn in the side of many well intentioned people.

    Just saying...my experience and those of the people I interviewed on this is different to what all the books seem to be telling us. It's ok to just have an aim and to move toward that aim daily. Dates must be essential for them to have any power of good.
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    • Profile picture of the author ChrisKahler
      Originally Posted by WSOHelp View Post

      You would think it would great but in reality it doesn't seem to work very well at all with the great majority of the people I surveyed saying they hate setting goals and coming up with dates and I had one guy say the only time he used his fancy goal setting reminder service was to move the dates away...again.

      I know that setting dates is as old as the hills but the reality is that many people do not reach them and so abandon them as a failure. The goal makes them feel bad, the spiral into "nothing ever works for me" and when the black box is examined it's the dates that killed the goal. "Keep the goal, lose the dates, replace with ASAP" I suggest and things start moving again, usually faster than before.

      Just saying that for some, dates are killers and daily reminders of failure. Dates are fake and we know it when setting them. Unless the date is essential (like buying Christmas presents before new years eve or paying the electricity bill before they switch off your power) it has been proven many times over that dates can be killers unless it's essential for real, not "fake" essential. Dates feel good the day you set them but after that they are a thorn in the side of many well intentioned people.

      Just saying...my experience and those of the people I interviewed on this is different to what all the books seem to be telling us. It's ok to just have an aim and to move toward that aim daily. Dates must be essential for them to have any power of good.
      I agree with this 100%. Conventional goal setting with dates doesn't seem to cut it. I like the idea replacing with ASAP...

      I just constantly tell myself the line Jim Rohn uses... "Make measurable progress in reasonable time... results are the name of the game"... So I just do little by little, build momentum, and get my goals accomplished when they happen to be finished without ever feeling stressed about time or pressured to hit a due date.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Bill
    I used to think the same as everyone. I was thrilled to even be believing that big goals are actually possible so I just did what they told me to do. But then my life did a 180 and now I only live for today and "think" about tomorrow but my main and most urgent pressing need is to have a great day and staring a failure date puts kerosene into my cake mix.

    If I remove the date then I automatically become a success any time I do anything to achieve your aim (goals without dates are aims - I guess). Plus when you set your goal to be achieved ASAP you allow immersion to exist. Ask Tony Robbins what he thinks about immersion. It's more powerful than any pseudo-pressurised date could ever be.

    I realise this is a very controversial method but everyone I share it with personally feels instant relief. I tell them to go and remove all dates right now but while they have a pen in their hands to make sure to write (in BIG LETTERS) ASAP! It's working. I know it's new...but it's working and I just wanted to put it out there for consideration. I too have felt the surge from placing a date but that comes more from the relief that you seem to be taking your life serious than it does from any practical advantage.
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  • Sometimes the strategy goes beyond just setting a deadline. It's important that at the start a realistic timeline is set AND reviewed often. No point setting a realistic deadline, then find that it has to be reviewed but fail to do so.

    For internet marketers and other small business owners, the challenge is finding enough slots every day to achieve specific goals. Delegating and Outsourcing are enormously helpful whether working with full time staff or a virtual team.

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  • Profile picture of the author Judy g
    I don't have a due date for my goals,it changes from time to time.
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  • Profile picture of the author neeralt
    Originally Posted by slingingshot15 View Post

    One of the biggest obstacles that I have seen when it comes to not ever achieving goals is that people fail to put a deadline to their goal.

    Every goal should have a due date attached to it otherwise you will just become lazy and never do what you know you ought to be doing?

    My question to you is do you have a due date for your goals?

    If you don't, chances are if you are to lazy to assign a due date for your goals, you may be too lazy to do what it takes to achieve it!!!
    I don't set any due dates for my goals since I am doing the online business just as a part time job. However, it is really good to have due dates for all your goals since you can use it as a motivation and as critics and can help you to improve for the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author chall vandenbergh
    i tottaly agree i pesonnaly set my deadlines super hard to complete than you can reach your goal so much faster i would say try always to aim that much higher . but this only worked for my strenght training (dont do this in the learning phase because you never now what kind of information you gonna find it can be uselles and than you can work as hard as hell but without the right info you wont get any where
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  • Profile picture of the author dee4d
    It would not be wise to work without deadlines, but how do you achieve the tasks? I believe it depends on the level of effort and how involving the task is. You need to balance all the things involved in a particular task. There are repetitive tasks, like article writing on a daily basis, have a deadline on that. If you are learning something new, will you still set a deadline on it? Self drive, and working towards continuously improving are very important in achieving your goals.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lindap07
    Actually, I have quite different ideas about why people don't achieve their goals. It'smore to do with imagining as something that is outside your current reality and relatlng to them as such instead of thinking about them as something you have already achieved. For a better explanation of this, read here:

    How To Achieve Goals In Three Steps

    Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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  • Profile picture of the author vinpaul
    Setting a date is certainly important but in my opinion, the root failure (and very much related to the open-ended timeline) is there is very little action toward the goal. I believe virtually anything can be achieved if a reasonable plan is created that leads step-by-step to the goal. The failure most often seems to come from a breakdown between concept and execution.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lindbeck
    I think that the biggest reason people never achieve their goals is because they come up with all kinds of excuses why they should not take action today. This creates a negative momentum that is difficult to break.

    The easiest way to break this cycle is to drop the excuses and take immediately action.

    I also think that a deadline is important. It helps you to stay focused and push yourself to take action.
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  • Profile picture of the author jameswatson2002
    Not setting deadlines and lack of focus is why majority of people fail at achieving their goals.
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    There are many reasons for failures its one of them and definitely very important....
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  • Profile picture of the author John Kilcoyne
    What happens if dealines are not met - Do you give up and move onto something else? Surely the importance of achieving the objective is more important than the deadline. As long as the objective is at the forefront then it will be achieved no matter how long it takes.
    Hope this helps
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    Thank you for the encouraging reminder!
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  • Profile picture of the author tylerjaysen
    Why most people never achieve their goals.....yeah the setting deadlines is a good one to not achieving ones goals.

    I think more importantly, the true factor in achieving ones goals....is to take action!

    If you take a poll of people in the warrior forum who are still struggling to make money online.....the most popular answer will be....NOT taking action.

    Yes they learn all these cool secrets tips and go to seminars and buy tapes and books and get all excited about starting their empire....but then life gets in the way...and they fail to take action. Action is the only way to make your dreams come true. While setting goals is important....without action...nothing will happen.
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  • Profile picture of the author 3000
    For me I think people don't achieve their goals (in internet marketing) because they don't treat it like a real business.

    They treat it like a hobby. Once you act like the CEO of your business then that's when your goals start getting accomplished.
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    • Profile picture of the author jameswatson2002
      Originally Posted by 3000 View Post

      For me I think people don't achieve their goals (in internet marketing) because they don't treat it like a real business.

      They treat it like a hobby. Once you act like the CEO of your business then that's when your goals start getting accomplished.
      Exactly. Most people lack focus, they jump from one method to another without really going through the hard parts, there's no magic button, that's something you realize after years in IM.
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  • Profile picture of the author uppergrade
    I never make deadlines for my goals, thats why i didnt achieve my goals. from now i will set due dates to my goals. Hope it will improve my work.
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    • Profile picture of the author sq201
      Thanks for the post! It is a good reminder of setting goals and the importance of time-management. I think making a lists of goals is especially vital when your business is not exactly a "physical place".
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  • Profile picture of the author abugah
    Research has consitenly shown that about 95% of people do not have goals. I think that is the beginning point.

    When we talk about the 5% who have written goals, then deadlines are crucial. If you set the right goals and review then daily, the battle is half way won.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnDBrewer
    Dates are the gas to any goal. Without the deadline, the goal is not going to be achieved. Thanks for the reminder.
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  • Profile picture of the author koreancowboy
    I used to have deadlines, but did away with them recently.

    Here's a good example:

    I'm currently about to launch a complete health and fitness blog aimed at beginners, but also for all fitness levels (based on my own experiences and trials/errors over the past twenty years).

    I have the actual site all set up, I just need to beef it up with some articles. I set a daily deadline to write at least five articles/day before I go on vacation this weekend. A whole week went by before I realised that I was putting too much pressure on myself to write quality content.

    So instead, what I did was jot down some ideas for stories/tips of what I could write later on...guess what? I came up with lots of article ideas. Now I feel like I can write as much as I can.

    Small goals > deadlines
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  • Profile picture of the author buckeyes09
    I don't even necessarily think it's a deadline (for one, there are too many variables even for the most disciplined entrepreneur to meet). I think it's simply giving up because they don't believe they can and are not ambitious enough. I believe ambitious trumps pure talent. Persist, persist, persist, and one can achieve magnificent achievements that even the most talent, but lazy, person may not achieve. Or at least that is what I keep telling myself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Magnus Koenig
    Experimentation with my time and my capacity has been my hobby. I really love setting deadlines for myself and I find it very fulfilling every time I break my records. I like it when I don't expect I could finish something out of the tasks that I have to do. Now, I know that I'm much of a better person that yesterday or the other.
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  • Profile picture of the author Boxer123
    I agree, deadlines are very important in achieving your goals.
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    Honestly speaking, the concept of putting a deadline to all plan is important tips to be noted
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    People quit too fast thats why!
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  • Profile picture of the author paul_1
    You are right slingingshot15. We have short term goal, medium-term goal and long term goals. The similarities of these goals is that they are all time-bounded. They are specified on when they should be met. A properly constructed goals will have to have in them a specified span of time on when it is supposed to be accomplished. In that way, proper allocation or resources and step-by-step process is outlined in order to achieve them.
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    hahahaha you are very very right my friend
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