SIX REASONS WHY PEOPLE FAIL TO ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS
You may be surprised to know that less than 20% of people set goals and roughly 70% of these fail to achieve their goals they have set for themselves. It is estimated around 50% of small business owners don’t keep track of business goals and 40% of all people that write down goals don’t check whether they’ve achieved them.
1. FEAR OF FAILURE
Many, many people are afraid they will fail. As such, they don’t even bother trying to attain a goal. Such people lack belief in themselves and in their potential. In their mind, if they fail, they will think negatively of themselves and they think so will everyone else. They have forgotten that brilliant childhood skill of being able to dream and imagine any possibility! You need to realize that you can achieve anything you set your mind to. Believe in yourself and your abilities and others will too.
2. DON’T HAVE THE TIME
This regularly makes the top 3 reasons why people don’t set goals. Yet we all have the same amount of time don’t we – 24 hours a day? The people who succeed are those that believe taking the time to set goals is just as important as everything else they must do. In fact, Goal Setting is really the ideal way to help us to prioritise our time.
3. DON’T KNOW HOW TO SET GOALS
Many say no-one has ever taught them the process to achieve goals. The closest they get is a to-do list. But this is simply putting an action on paper, setting a date, marking off checkpoints and then starting again. A goal isn’t a one-time thing. Setting a goal is really about changing yourself for the long-term. Goals aren’t short-term, quick-fix things; they are fixed and immovable destinations that show the world who you want to become or what you want to achieve.
4. LACK OF EMOTIONAL COMMITMENT TO THE GOAL
Even though people state they want to achieve a certain goal, in truth, they’re really not passionate about it. Because it hasn’t become a MUST, they don’t give it their full effort. And if you don’t give it your all, you won’t get there. Emotional commitment is crucial for attaining any goal.
5. GET STUCK ON THE ‘WHAT TO DO’
After setting a goal and writing down dates some people stop. They never actually take that first step needed to progress toward their goal. They get stuck going “I really want it but I don’t know what to do”. You must focus on the outcome and then take any action to move towards it.
6. NOT SETTING PRIORITIES
It’s amazing how easy it is to find time for things that don’t really matter. If something is important enough though, you will find the time to make it a priority.
Like everything else in life, the more we do something, the better we get. It’s the same with goals. The more we practice setting goals and following the steps above, the more success you will have in achieving them. Oh, and did I mention commitment to continuous action.