There are several reasons why you may have difficulty achieving your goals. Here are ten things to consider.
10 Reasons You Never Achieve Your Goals
- You Didn’t Write Them Down
Simply writing down your goals is one of the factors that leads to successfully achieving them. It is not enough to have a goal in mind. Try creating a vision board for your goals. When used properly and consistently, a vision board can be a powerful tool in helping you to clarify, focus on, and ultimately achieve your goals.
- You Didn’t Have a Plan
“Failing to plan is planning to fail”. If you want to achieve in anything in life, it is far better to have a clear plan than it is to fly by the seat of your pants. Take the time to make a plan. You won’t regret it.
- You Weren’t Consistent
Consistency is key in every pursuit. You have to constantly work towards your goals. Constantly take action. Constantly show up and do what you need to do to get things done.
- They Were Too Broad
When goals are too broad, they can feel too big. That can be overwhelming. It makes it difficult for you to start or keep going. You always want to break your goals down into small, manageable chunks.
- You Didn’t Track Your Progress
Periodically stop to assess how much progress you have made with your goals. This helps you determine if you are on track or if you need to readjust your plan. It can also be motivating to see how far you have come.
- They Weren’t Attainable
We often set goals out of excitement, without acknowledging our limitations. When setting goals, you have to consider whether you have the ability, attitude, knowledge, skills, and tools to achieve the goal. If not, you need to figure out what it will take to remedy that.
- They Weren’t Realistic
In the same vein, you have to be mindful of whether your goal is realistic. If you set a goal that is not realistic, chances are you won’t achieve it. Don’t be ashamed to start small.
- You Didn’t Have a Deadline
There is a reason that the sales industry uses phrases like “One Day Only!” and “While Supplies Last!” They create a sense of urgency in their ideal customers. It makes them more likely to take action. The same applies for your goals. Set a clear deadline to give yourself a reason to act now.
- You Didn’t Have a Strong Why
When you lack a strong emotional connection to your goals, it is much easier to give up on them when times get tough. Dig deep into why you NEED to achieve your goals and write those down on your vision board. Reminding yourself of why you are pursuing your goal might be enough to keep you moving forward.
- You Didn’t Have Support
In the same vein, having people in your corner to act as cheerleaders and motivators always helps. Find people who will support you in your goals and tell them about what you are hoping to achieve. They can be a lifeline in your times of weakness.
Do any of these reasons sound familiar to you?