Are You Obsessed with Goals?

by Krantcents · 41 comments

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Are You Obsessed with Goals? If you are not, maybe you should! Obsession may be an exaggeration, but focus and concentration on your goals is the difference between success and failure.


Simply obsessing about goals will not help you achieve them! Working hard will not work either! Working toward goals is something everyone should do, but few achieve their goals. Is it because the goals are not Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely (SMART goals)? No! When I was young, I remember adults asking me what I wanted to do as a career. Very few told me how to do it! Setting goals is only part of the solution. You need a plan.


A plan details how you get to your destination or goal. It is sort of a road map. Breaking down a huge goal is part of planning. If a cake is the goal, then a recipe is the plan. So you develop a plan for your goals. It is really detailed to actually include daily and weekly tasks. You monitor your progress and adjust your efforts. It sounds like you are on your way or are you? Focus and concentration is important too.

Focus on your Goals

Keep it simple so you can easily focus and concentrate on the goal. Keep your goal in front of you so you can focus on it. I would make up signs and put it on the mirror, in the car and on my desk. I put signs all over so I would not lose focus or forget what was important. It is not easy to keep focused and concentrate on your goal. It doesn’t stop there! You must concentrate on your plan and perform the tasks to achieve the goal. If I keep the goal in front of me, I cannot forget it or lose focus.

Compelling Reason

Think about your last goal. Maybe you wanted to lose weight, start a business or make a change. Why did you fail? Was it because you lost focus or concentration? Maybe! It was probably because you did have a strong enough reason to achieve the goal. Of course I did, I wanted to lose the weight to be healthier. Your reason must be stronger or more important than the difficulties of achieving your goal. What is going to get you through those days as you change your habits to achieve your goals?

It is hard work to establish or change your habits to achieve a goal. You need a compelling reason because change is difficult. What works for some will not work for everyone? It is personal! You need to find a reason or motivation that works for you. When I was on a diet and discouraged with the amount of weight loss, I devised a strategy that worked for me. I changed my diet and activity level. What works for you?


My plan has daily tasks similar to a check list. I know that I must perform those tasks every day and I hold myself accountable for completing them each and every day. Is it discipline, focus or concentration? Could it be obsession? I do not know, but it works because I achieve the results. I apply this strategy to all my goals, personal or professional. I have a reputation of getting things done! Sometimes, I fail, but I always learn from it.

Failure can be a very good lesson. Monitoring your progress and adjusting your efforts is important. Reflecting on mistakes or failure is a good way to learn why you did not succeed. Sometimes, I learn more from my mistakes than from my successes. I wrote an article about Successful vs. Unsuccessful People focusing on traits that make them successful. Successful people do not quit!

Quitting is not an option. My determination keeps me trying when others give up. Many people give up too soon. They get discouraged and quit. Losing weight is typical of people quitting too soon. What do you do when you are faced with difficulty? Do you give up? If you did not succeed, you gave up! Did you make a good effort? Why not? Making a sufficient effort is key to success.

Final Thoughts

What do you want to achieve in your life? Make it important by making it the focus of your effort. Find reasons for success, they call it motivation. Develop your plan to achieve your goals. A good plan includes daily, weekly or monthly tasks to reach your goal. You have to stay focused on those tasks to reach your goals. When you fail, keep going! Successful people fail often, but they keep trying. What are you going to do? What is your plan? Are You Obsessed with Goals?

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Money Beagle October 17, 2011 at 3:06 pm

I can get borderline obsessive on goals.  I try to set smaller, manageable goals along the way toward big goals, as reaching some of the smaller milestones keeps you focused on the ‘bigger’ prize!

krantcents October 17, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Absolutely! I routinely break big goals down to tasks which I can understand and see progress toward the bigger goal.

Miss T October 17, 2011 at 3:59 pm

I have learned that smaller baby step goals work better. When I try to bite off too much at one time I get overwhelmed and frustrated. I feel much better when I can make little accomplishments on a regular basis. 

krantcents October 17, 2011 at 11:07 pm

This is what breaking down goals is all about, particularly long range goals.

Suba October 17, 2011 at 8:12 pm

I can get pretty obsessive with goals. I try to set a lot of smaller milestones to make sure I am on the right track and my husband keeps me accountable. Accomplishments motivates me, that is one of my weakness. I tend to become discouraged a lot faster if I get a string of failures. I am slowly changing that.

krantcents October 17, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Sometimes failure motivates me more! The line between obsession and focus is very thin, but I sometimes cross back and forth.

Dana October 17, 2011 at 11:46 pm

I can get a bit over zealous on my goal setting – I’m still learning to set small manageable goals and persevere until they are achieved. 

krantcents October 18, 2011 at 1:20 am

There is nothing wrong reaching a little past your comfort zone. Stretching yourself help you grow.

Little House October 18, 2011 at 1:01 am

Yep, I’m obsessed. I try to look at everything from a wholistic viewpoint and feel that as long as I’m making progress, I’m doing okay. But I always push myself to do better!

krantcents October 18, 2011 at 1:21 am

I think I am always pushing myself. Usually I am successful which pushes me to try more.

Ashley @ Everything Finance October 18, 2011 at 1:09 am

I love goals…  I do try to plan my work and work my plan.  List making is my planning.  Lists lists lists.  I’m full of ‘em. 

krantcents October 18, 2011 at 1:22 am

I am a list person as well. It keeps me organized.

One Cent At A Time October 18, 2011 at 3:37 am

No I am not obsessed with goals but, goals are good ways to be on track. Its important that end is in sight or else why to run for?

krantcents October 18, 2011 at 4:10 am

I tend to focus on my goals and work really hard to achieve them.Borderline obsession or just focused!

Hunter October 18, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I like structure, and I think goals are a big part of that.

krantcents October 18, 2011 at 10:58 pm

I know goals provide a target and discipline for my focus.

Money Reasons October 18, 2011 at 11:59 pm

I use to be loosey goosey, but lately I’m starting to become more goal oriented too.  There are some things in my life lately that has given me greater focus…

krantcents October 19, 2011 at 12:03 am

Whatever the reason, goal setting is a important first step to reaching your goals.

Jana @ Daily Money Shot October 19, 2011 at 12:48 am

I’ve always kept my goals in my head but I never took the time to write them down or share them. I’ve found that as I’ve started doing those things, they’ve become more real and I’ve had more incentive to try to follow through with them. I don’t obsess, but I try to keep focused. 

krantcents October 19, 2011 at 1:14 am

Stay focused and keep your goals in front of you. Monitoring your progress and adjusting your efforts is also part of working toward your goals.

Evan@MyJourneytoMillions October 19, 2011 at 1:34 am

I am COMPLETELY obsessed with results.  I review account balances almost daily….and I know it isn’t healthy but I haven’t found a balance yet

krantcents October 19, 2011 at 1:43 am

I still check my goals, portfolio, and my lists daily. There is a thin line between obsession and focused. I thrive on meeting or exceeding my goals. Results are everything!

YFS October 19, 2011 at 6:17 pm

I am beyond obsessed with goals.  Everything I do is to achieve a goal. 

krantcents October 20, 2011 at 1:07 am

I understand, I am just a thin line away from obsession. I am very focused on achieving goals.

Marie at FamilyMoneyValues October 20, 2011 at 12:31 am

Obviously (at least to me as a project manager), setting a a goal and establishing a plan to get there, as are monitoring your progress and celebrating small victories along the way.

Just as important is to periodically review and re-evaluate your goals.  Are they still appropriate and in line with your mission and your vision of the future. 

krantcents October 20, 2011 at 1:09 am

I share the same strategy. I took this business approach to goal setting and use as a personal strategy. It works very well for me!

Zac Coplan October 20, 2011 at 3:09 am

Its kind of weird, I think american need goals. Lets be honest you could probably go your whole life in america with no goals, but would you be happy?

krantcents October 20, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I suppose that is possible, but I thrive on goals. I love the feeling of accomplishing goals, but I am 2nd generation American. Maybe that is the reason!

gift ideas October 21, 2011 at 11:19 pm

list making is the best strategy online which took you to your right path and early success.

krantcents October 22, 2011 at 3:08 pm

I am a list person and use them to work on my goals too.

Jen @ Master the Art of Saving October 25, 2011 at 1:43 am

I really love this post. I’m a goal person but don’t always achieve them all. I might have to try some of these ideas out. :-)

krantcents October 25, 2011 at 2:56 am

The most you do it, the better you become. You learn more from the failures than the successes.

Carrie Smith October 26, 2011 at 1:09 am

I am definitely obsessed with goals. But I agree with what you’re saying here, that you have to actually achieve them before anything comes of it. Writing down a goal is just the start, you have to write down a plan of action, and ways you can stay on track. I especially like your advice to “Keep it simple..” 
This is a great post!

krantcents October 26, 2011 at 1:13 am

Thanks, it worked for me! I achieved financial freedom at 38 years old because of goals and a plan.

Yakezie November 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm

I like the 5 year goal plan so I have a runway, and don’t obsess!

krantcents November 13, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Whenever I set a goal, I want to exceed my own expectations particularly when I see I can.

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