What does "set yourself up for" meaning in this sentece?

Another one of the best ways to make your New Year’s resolutions stick: Don’t set yourself up for failure with goals that aren’t realistic.

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Don't put yourself into an impossible or difficult situation.

A popular phrase is "don't set yourself up for a fall", meaning don't continue with an action that is destined for failure.

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    Just so it's clear, set yourself up for something isn't inherently negative in meaning: e.g., a popular expression is also set yourself up for success. In other words, set X up for Y means to make the circumstances surrounding X situation conducive to Y. For more information, see idioms.thefreedictionary.com/set+yourself+up+for.
    – user3395
    Jan 11, 2020 at 17:31

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