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The consequence of unrealistic goals

The consequence of unrealistic goals

Some people love to set super-ambitious goals, thinking that even if they don't make those goals, they'll still achieve more than if they set lower goals. Other people get a buzz with stretch goals. Give them more incentives, and they'll achieve more.

But over-stretched goals can be counterproductive.

  1. Failure becomes excusable. Instead of challenging but achievable goals, piling unrealistic expectations on top of limited resources can lead to a culture of excuses and failure.
  2. If we frequently accept excuses, failure becomes acceptable.
  3. Once we've given people excuses and accepted defeat, we're too close to slipping into a culture where failure is expected.

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Fostering a high-achievement atmosphere

People are motivated by regularly achieving challenging goals.

  • Get your goals clear. Stated goals are specific and measurable enough to track progress and evaluate success.
  • Ensure that you don't have too many goals. Strategy is about saying no as much as it is about saying yes.
  • Ensure that you have the resources to accomplish those goals.

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