Today we are going to talk about the topic of why you shouldn’t set yearly goals.  You’re probably wondering, “so you’re not supposed to set yearly goals?”  Actually, you are supposed to set goals you’re just not supposed to set yearly goals and the reason that I say this is from a concept that I learned in the past year that has truly changed the way I go about goal setting, planning and getting things done.  That concept is the concept of setting 12-week goals.

Why You Should Not Set Yearly goals

You may have heard of the book The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran.  This book has really helped me to break down my goals into more manageable chunks and to absolutely accomplish more of them.  That is why I say, “don’t set yearly goals.”  Instead, set 12-week goals.  If you think about it, that gives you 4 more changes each year to achieve your goals.  Who wouldn’t want more chances to achieve their goals, right?

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So, let's talk about why you shouldn't set yearly goals and what you should do instead.  Here are some reasons why you don't want to set yearly goals.

Reason #1 - You're going to procrastinate.  

Reason #2 - Setting a larger yearly goal will make you overwhelmed.  

Reason #3 - You're going to lose steam.  

That is why you should set your goals in small increments, such as the 12 weeks.  Set those manageable goals in a shorter amount of time.  You will see momentum increase in your life and your business as you set goals that are more manageable.

The 12 weeks will help you to forward with manageable goals but also strategic goals because they will be broken down into a specific plan of attack, which is what you will learn to do by setting a 12-week goal versus a long-term yearly goal.  I hope that this helps you to understand exactly why you should not set yearly goals in your life and business and why you should break them down into more manageable chunks such as setting 12-week goals. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

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    3 replies to "Why You Should NOT Set Yearly Goals"

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    • I actually learned this concept in massage school. I honestly didn’t understand goals and setting them. It was enlightening to finally learn it and understand it. Great post, Alyssa!

      • Alyssa Avant

        Thank you!

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