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What happens if you work on the wrong goals?

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Do you ever work on the wrong goals? Maybe you’re trying to build something great but every day is just a slog. Or maybe you just don’t have the right person in your corner, and all your efforts are going up in smoke. It happens to the best of us. In this article I’ll share some of the most common mistakes made by goal achievers, and offer suggestions on how to fix them. In my experience, the most common mistake made by goal achievers is focusing on the wrong things. They worry too much about what they don’t have instead of focusing on what they do have.

Wrong goal and life

Life is full of little failures and successes. You have only got one life to live, after all. So what happens if you pick the wrong goal? You will waste years growing your career, never getting to the point where you can kick back and relax. That’s not an option if you want to live a long, happy life. It is tempting to choose the easy way out – follow the crowd, go with the flow – but that leads nowhere; it only leads astray.

Wrong goal can be blessing

This is a tricky one because working on the wrong goals can have a lot of benefit and also be very harmful. In fact, many successful people have made mistakes in pursuing their goals. But even still, there are ways of getting motivated while working on the wrong goals. The most important thing is to identify what you are actually aiming for, and then work towards that goal with determination and focus. If you pick something which seems easy but actually takes more time than you anticipate — then you are probably working on the wrong goal.

Setting goal

There’s been a lot of talk lately about setting goals that are unlikely to be reached. This is sometimes called “achieve-on-purpose” or “achieve-failure” goals. How can we possibly know which goals are achievable and which are not? Just because we have failed at a goal doesn’t mean it was not a goal. In most cases, our motivations for action are rooted in fear — fear of failure, fear of success, etc. Working on the wrong goals can help motivate us to work harder and smarter next time around.

Method to measure the goal

If the tool or method you use to measure progress has a built-in chance of producing inaccurate or biased results, then chances are you’re working on the wrong goal. This is the difference between using a tool to finish an assignment and using a tool to help you check off items on your to-do list. It’s a difference between using a method to generate useful data and employing a method to generate irrelevant or misleading data.

Know your goal

If you want to be successful at work, the first step is to know what the right goal is. In the typical career path of most people, the most important goal is usually getting promoted up the ladder. But there’s often something larger at stake than that. The success of your company, your sense of well-being, and even your personal happiness all depend on how well you do on the job. So the right goal can be quite different from the conventional kind.
If you’re working at a job that you don’t love—or isn’t giving you what you want out of it—then you may be hurting yourself more than helping yourself. Instead of working towards your goal, you’re wasting time trying to force yourself into a job that you don’t want or suited to your abilities. This is especially true if you have a lot of responsibilities at work which prevent you from focusing fully on your goals.

Enjoy your goal

Often we spend most of our time focused on getting our desired results instead of enjoying the process. This is rarely healthy. There is only so much focus in the world and if you spend your time worrying about the wrong things, it will drain you emotionally and cause you to lose motivation. This is why it’s important to identify your right goal and stick with it. Changing your goal can be difficult but changing how you feel about something can be easier. As long as you’re enjoying what you’re doing, your motivation will keep rising.

Possibilities of wrong goal

There are two wrong goals: Working on the wrong goals often leaves us motivated, hopeful and full of ideas we can’t fulfill. But what happens when we achieve them? We fall into an unhappy routine, stuck in never-ending effort until we exhaust all possibilities or hit some kind of dead end. It’s easy to identify the right goal. The hard part is identifying what exactly that goal is.”””” Doing the wrong thing often leaves us feeling worthless – as though the action we took weren’t valued by the outcome.”””” For example, you might fail at a health or relationship goal because you aren’t willing to put in the effort. Or you might succeed at an important goal because the process was exciting and worth continuing despite your initial doubts.

Effect of wrong goal

You will lose motivation and the only way to save motivation is to change the goals. We often set goals in life that are so far beyond what we think is possible that we stop trying. But what if you made a list of the things you actually want to accomplish in life and then wrote down every single thing that comes after? That is what I do every day. This is not an exercise in futility. Every day I wake up and think about what I want to accomplish in the next five minutes. I don’t know if it’s Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday but I set a timer for 10 minutes and work on whatever’s bothering me.

You may feel that your work is not meaningful. Or that the activities you pursue are not important. The fact is that goals can be contradictory. You can choose to pursue those that will fulfill you or those that will satisfy someone else. A successful career and personal life often require parts of both. If you wish to live a successful life in spite of material concerns, you have to choose goals that honor your gifts rather than those that are convenient. That doesn’t mean you should let worries about futility or short-term setbacks get in the way.


You have to make sure that you are working towards the right goals, otherwise you will never succeed. Most of us tend to approach our work with the idea that we are getting somewhere, and then our goals start to get pushed back because of circumstances or distractions. If this happens to you, then you need to get in touch with your inner self and work on achieving the desired outcome without giving up those hopes and dreams for which you have put so much effort. Then when the time comes for you to deliver – whether it is going to a client, delivering a presentation or getting registered at a convention – you will be fully committed and able to perform at your highest level.

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