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4 Reasons You Fail to Achieve Your Goals

Are you the type of person who has big plans but just never seems to get anywhere with them? Did you make resolutions at the start of 09′ and completely ignore them? Perhaps you feel like life is just getting in the way and you can’t stay on track?

If you could relate to any of those questions, then this post is for you. There is no doubt in my mind that the human brain contains some form of ‘goal seeking mechanism.’ Our first aim and main goal is of course, to survive: we need adequate food, water and at least some form of shelter and out of necessity.

In this day and age, it’s becoming a lot rarer for anyone to be desperate for food and water, at least in western society or for anybody who is able to read this article. Because of that, we don’t just focus on survival and instead set other goals for ourselves. They might be productivity goals, sporting goals or even financial goals. Whatever they are, we all have them.

In this post I want to look at the four main reasons people fail to achieve their goals. I hope that some of these points might help to awaken you to where you may have been going wrong.

  1. Limiting Beliefs
    At times, when I’ve failed to attain the things I’m going for in life, it’s simply because I didn’t believe I could fulfil my desires. It could be my friends telling me that I can’t do something or my own beliefs based on past experiences. Either way, I would prove myself and others right by failing to achieve what I wanted.

“Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right” – Henry Ford

If you start doubting your own potential, it will make it far more likely for you to give up on a goal and just move on to something else. A good way to get past this limitation is to find people who have had success on a similar path and find out as much about them as you can.

A few weeks later I realised what a mistake I had made when I was going to start yet another project where I’m sure the same thing would just happen again. Luckily, I was able to haggle and get my site back. In the hands of a different buyer, I probably wouldn’t have been so lucky and the blog wouldn’t have as large a following as it has today.

The key here is to keep going. Once you’ve decided on your goal, don’t let anything get in the way. There may be times when ‘life’ distracts you as it always will, but once things are dealt with, get back on track.

Every morning I go over a sheet of paper which contains my three main goals in life. They are related to my health, wealth and my blog. I then set tasks for each, where necessary, and work to complete those during the day. I have a little freedom as I work for myself, but the principle of putting a plan together still applies.

I know for a fact that if I didn’t set out goals or targets for certain aspects of my life, they wouldn’t be as far along progression wise as they are now.

What else have you found to get in the way of achieving your goals? I would love to hear your additions in the comments!

Written on 7/06/2009 by Glen Allsop. Glen writes on the subject of Personal Development at PluginID. His sites main aim is to help people Plug into their Identity, be who they want to be and live the life they want to live. Photo Credit:
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