While the goals we set for ourselves aren’t always easy to achieve for a number of reasons, we often fail to account for the true root of the problem. It’s time to get real: you could be standing in the way of your own goals, and here’s how.
You’re Keeping Rigid Goals
Achieving a goal requires many things. You’ll need continued determination in climbing the ladder to success, and resilience in the face of adversity and failure. However, these things mean nothing if there’s no passion or sense of purpose behind what you’re trying to achieve. After setting a major goal, it’s important to self-evaluate every now and then. Because we are constantly growing and figuring out our paths in life one day at a time, the goal you set for yourself six months ago may not reflect your desires presently. If you have changed, so must your path. This doesn’t mean you should throw the baby out with the bathwater necessarily. It means making your goals malleable as life takes its course. And who knows – by doing so, you may stumble upon something even greater than you imagined.
You’re Not Incentivizing Your Goals
Feeling fulfilled after achieving short terms goals in particular can be difficult, especially if they’re a small part of an overarching goal you’ve set. It’s essential that you incentivize small victories with tangible rewards – you accomplished something, you should feel good about that and honor it. This makes achieving short term goals easier, because you’ll be focused more on the reward and less on how your accomplishment figures into your long-term plan (which can sometimes be a little daunting).
You Lack Discipline (Not Motivation)
Many claim that they lack the motivation required to achieve their goals. And while motivation matters it’s not what will ultimately lead to great success — discipline, however, will. While motivation might make accomplishing a task feel easy or effortless, a lack of discipline will keep you from accomplishing much at all. Training yourself to remain consistent and fully commit to the steps you need to take to achieve your goals is much harder than simply gathering the motivation to do so, but nonetheless necessary. It’s like American entrepreneur Jim Rohn once said: “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”
You’re Setting Unrealistic Goals for Yourself
Grand scheme goals are awesome, but are the ones you’re setting for yourself attainable, and are you giving yourself enough time to achieve them? It’s easy to feel frustrated when you aren’t where you thought you would be when you hoped you would be there. But by not allowing yourself an adequate amount of time to work toward what you want, you may actually be hampering your own success and going down the dark path of self-doubt – and the last thing you want to do is stand in your own way. Try mapping out smaller, more feasible goals that will ultimately lead to your bigger ones.
You Have Self-Doubt
Roadblocks on the path to achieving your goals are inevitable. When you start to let self-doubt get in the way, you start psyching yourself out of reaching your goals, and may stop pursuing them entirely – and that’s just plain self-sabotage. Stop asking yourself whether or not you’re fit to start a company, or even become the best in your industry. Instead of focusing on your setbacks, or things that are out of your control, focus on all the ways that you are exceptional and how play to your strengths. Turn your self-doubt into self-empowerment.
You’re Taking on Too Much
This ties into being realistic; don’t bite off more than you can chew. Your work will surely suffer and may even hinder what your path to achievements. By devoting 100 percent of yourself to two or three projects, the quality of your work won’t go unnoticed. On the other hand, by taking on too much, you may find the quality of your work compromised, leading to another setback – or even worse, a mental break, since you’re only human and can only take on so much. Remember: it’s quality, not quantity.
You’re Cutting Corners Due to Impatience
On the heels of being unrealistic and taking on too much, you may also be cutting corners or searching for shortcuts because you aren’t where you thought you’d be, or you’re hoping to get there faster. Thoughtful planning is the only sure path to success. Remember to be the tortoise (not the hare), because slow and steady wins the race.