From losing weight to launching a business, people often fail to realize their goals. In many cases, these goals are attached to lifelong dreams that an individual is very passionate about.
So why is it so difficult to achieve your goals?
Why do you see other people realizing their dreams right and left, while you struggle to do so? It’s not that you are lazy. You have put in plenty of time, read all the goal-setting books and taken courses.
If you are spending a lot of time and energy chasing your dreams, you are to be congratulated.
This means you don’t mind working hard to attain a result that is valuable and important to you. What may have slowed you down on the path to realizing your dreams are the following 7 common reasons why people fail to meet important goals they have set for themselves.
1. You set goals that were impossible for you to achieve. If you are 7 feet tall, you weigh 400 pounds and hate horses, you are probably never going to be a jockey. Your goals should be challenging, but actually achievable.
2. You think of your goals as negative statements. The human subconscious is what works on your goals. It doesn’t understand negative thoughts. If you set a goal of “not being a doormat in relationships”, your subconscious hears “being a doormat in relationships”. Profess your goal as a positive statement, such as, “I will enjoy healthy relationships where both partners are equal.”
3. Your goals are not written down. There are countless stories of people that achieved their goals after writing them down. Don’t underestimate the power of writing out your goals and reviewing them daily or at least weekly
4. You’re not measuring your progress. If you don’t know where you’re going, and how far you’ve gone, how do you know when you get there? Break a large goal into smaller goals. Recording your progress improves your chances of success.
5. You don’t celebrate small victories. The huge bonfire of achievement that is the accomplishment of your goals must be built up slowly. Give yourself periodic encouragement as you achieve small victories on the way to your major goal. This continually stokes the fire of your desire which gives you the willpower and determination to realize your dreams.
6. You are in an environment that is not conducive to you achieving your goals. If your family, coworkers, friends and neighbors are not supportive of your dream achieving efforts, all your work may be for naught. The same can be said of your physical environment.
7. Your goals are too vague. Setting a goal to “be rich” will probably never be achieved. Change that goal to” I will learn $120,000 per year as a copywriter in the health and wellness industry within 2 years” is very precise. Your achievement of this laser-targeted goal is much more possible.