Nobody sets themselves goals hoping that they will fail. In fact it’s quite the opposite, the reason people set goals in the first place is so they can succeed in the pursuit of the desired outcome. Having set a goal and then going one step further to write it down will put you in the minority of the population. Only 3% of adults write their goals down and in so doing have an 80% plus chance of achieving them. Whilst having a written goal is great and increases the odds of success, you can still fail if you don’t watch out for these issues.
1. Poor mindset
As the saying goes- whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t you are right- Henry Ford. The chances are your goal is something you have not done before or may have attempted before but failed. This means you will need to retrain the way you think in order to come up with creative ways of moving past obstacles and challenges. Taking note of how you think about certain challenges can show you the areas you specifically need to work on. You can start creating new ways of thinking by taking a course, asking for advice or reading books in the topic you are challenged in.
2. Not having a plan
A goal is just that- an intention of the outcome you want. In order for you to succeed in your goal, you have to break the goal down into the practical steps that you need to take to make it happen. Your plan should show you what you need to do each month, each week and then each day to accomplish your goal. The focus of your plan should initially be in the steps you need to start taking immediately and the first few weeks should be quite detailed. You can take some ideas of how to treat this like a small project here.
3. Fear of failure
Knowing what you need to do and actually doing it are two different things. It makes no sense to wait for your fears to subside before you start. Fear is not actually a bad thing rather it’s a signal of what you need to push past to breakthrough. Taking action doesn’t guarantee you won’t fail, but will give you a strong indication of what works or doesn’t work whether it’s temporarily or permanently. When it comes to fear you just have to commit to doing it afraid and learning from your failures.
4. Not being disciplined
Earlier I said your plan needs to have daily actionable steps. This is because it’s not just the one thing that you do that will lead to great success but a series of small actions. The problem with this is sometimes you just don’t feel like doing the things you should be doing. Failing to be disciplined is self- sabotage and setting yourself up for failure. Not being disciplined also creates gaps and delays in your plans, reducing the likelihood of you meeting your goal. Being disciplined requires consistency and routine which means you do what you are meant to be doing whether you feel like it or not.
5. Lack of accountability
Not being disciplined and then not having accountability is like a double whammy. In such a scenario not only do you not do what you said you would do, but you also have no one to keep you in check or answer to and making sure you fulfill your obligations to yourself. Find the right person to confide in about your goals and ask them to check in with you to see if you are doing what you said you would. Being accountable makes it harder for you to make excuses or not act on your plan.
This can be in the form of your own negative self-talk or naysayers to your goals. Whichever the case both are dream killers but more specifically in this case goal killers. Negativity affects the action you take and sometimes how you take it if you do. Don’t agree with things you know are not true for you. Hang around the right people that have positive ways of giving you feedback. You don’t always need to be rising above the negativity- it takes away from the energy you need to work on your goals. Removing yourself from such toxic situations is a better solution.
7. Being inexperienced
Sometimes even with the best intentions and attempts you can still fail because of inexperience. Don’t get hung up on it- sometimes you just do not know what you don’t know. If someone has done what you are trying to do it means it can be done. It might take you a few trials to get there or less if you can find a mentor.
The more aware you are of the issues that will trip you up, the more prepared you will be to deal with them. This will increase your chances of succeeding in achieving your goals.