When you're coming up with goals, having a list (or two) is a great way to stay motivated. While you're making that document, though, you may want to create an accompanying list of obstacles that could keep you from your goal.
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As productivity writer (and former Lifehacker staffer) Adam Dachis points out, every goal comes with obstacles. Otherwise, they'd just be easy tasks. Identifying the roadblocks before you get to them can help you anticipate how to deal with them, or even circumvent them entirely:
Good planning can make a world of difference. It won't guarantee you'll reach a goal — nothing will — but it can help you prepare for the worst and overcome problems along the way. When plotting out a goal you want to achieve, consider all the things that might get in your way.
Identifying obstacles can also give you a sense of whether or not a goal is feasible. If your goal to start a multimillion dollar company turns out to be unrealistic, then maybe you can refine that goal to something more practical like going to business school or getting a job with an existing company that's doing the work you want to do.
Always Anticipate Obstacles When Making Goals [Awkward Human]