The Top 5 Goal Setting Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

May 19, 2022

There are 5 common goal setting mistakes that I see business owners making when it’s time to set their goals! You can download my FREE guide to get all of them. But to get you excited, I’m sharing the first one here!

Mistake 1: Leaving Out the “HOW”

Ever set a goal and had utter panic set in when you tried to start accomplishing it? Odds are your goal was too vague. When a goal is too vague, it can be overwhelming and confusing. Here are some examples:

  • Grow my email list to 1000 subscribers
  • Start a Podcast
  • Get 10 more clients by the end of the year

At first glance, these goals don’t look too vague. They have some specificity & metrics built in. But if you aren’t setting micro goals within your larger goals, you’re going to be overwhelmed which leads to procrastination & ultimately giving up on goals.

With every goal you set, you should not only list what your goal is but HOW you are going to accomplish the goal. Be sure you’re listing specific, actionable microgoals that will speficially tell you HOW you will achieve your goal.

Solution: Set specific micro-goals within your macro-goals

Let’s try it together. Instead of saying, “Start a Podcast,” get specific.

First, list your macro goal and include a date or timeframe you will have it finished.

Then, list the microgoals underneath. Make them specific & actionable. This will take the overwhelm out of it! Here’s an example:

I will launch a podcast by _____ date. I will accomplish it by:

  • Asking my audience about topics they want to hear
  • Deciding on a theme for my podcast
  • Selecting the first 8 episodes (from my audience & own ideas!)
  • Asking 3 podcasters what software, equipment, & music they use
  • Deciding which software & equipment to use & making any necessary purchases
  • Deciding on a title for my podcast
  • Making cover art for my podcast
  • Watching at least 3 videos on how to edit a podcast on YouTube
  • Selecting my intro music
  • Batch recording the first 8 episodes
  • Batch editing the first 8 episodes
  • Scheduling the first 8 episodes
  • Scheduling 5 social media posts hyping up the launch!
  • Launching the Podcast!

See that? Instead of just saying WHAT, we’ve decided HOW we will accomplish the goal. These steps are ready to take action on!

Want the other 4 common mistakes & solutions? Download My Free Guide!

In this guide, you’re going to learn the top 5 mistakes people make when it comes to goal setting & how to avoid them. If you avoid these 5 mistakes, you’ll be well on your way to accomplishing your goals consistently!!


  • Why your previous goal setting systems have failed in the past & how to never make the same mistakes again
  • How to build actionable steps into your goals so you  can stop feeling scattered & beat overwhelm 
  • The best ways to stay crush your goals consistently!

Download it HERE!

Don’t forget to Pin this to Pinterest!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Listen Now

Listen to the Episode: >Read the Transcript of this Episode< Are you in search of the perfect CRM solution for your business needs? Look no further! In this blog post, we’re going to delve into the reasons why I believe 17Hats is a superior choice compared to HoneyBook. As an online business manager who’s passionate […]

17Hats vs honeybook feature comparison is written in purple text on a tan background

Listen Now

If you’re a business owner who’s looking for some extra help, you may be considering hiring a VA or an OBM. Perhaps you’re already a VA and are looking to level up your skills and income. Or maybe you’re wondering if you should transition from a VA to an OBM. Whatever your situation, this episode […]

Listen Now

Are you looking to take your client experience to the next level? Creating a white glove experience is all about prioritizing your clients’ needs, genuinely caring about their success, personalizing their experience, and solving issues before they arise. In this episode, we’ll explore how to give your clients the best possible experience with a few […]

Listen Now

Today on the podcast we’re talking about sales funnels! I know that can seem scary, but they are simpler than you think! As an entrepreneur, sales funnels are one of the most important parts of your business. Without them, you might have a great product or service, but you won’t be able to get it […]

favorite Episodes

get it for free!

This FREE guide on the 8 steps to take to start your creative business. In this guide, you'll learn the exact roadmap to take to go from 0 clients to fully booked sooner than you think!

Start building the business of your dreams

GET the newsletter

©️ 2024 Christi Johnson Creative LLC


Check out my FREE on-demand masterclas on the Top 3 Mistakes You're Making that Leave You Feeling Overwhelmed, Insecure, & Lonely. You'll learn how to beat the overwhelm & get closer to your dreams every single day!