Trying Your Best But Still On The Treadmill Going Nowhere

The story starts like this…you are motivated and excited about the your new goals. You take lots of action and see some early results. Progress slows down and you get distracted by something else, maybe something more exciting than your original goal. You are still focusing on the original goal, but you are losing interest fast as a few obstacles have now appeared in the road. Momentum stops and you doing nothing and make up excuses as to why you did not succeed.

This is not the case for everyone, I know, but it does reflect to a lot of peoples attempts to achieve their goals. Here is where you the probably went wrong:

You Set Unrealistic Goals

When you’re exploring possible goals, you need to unleash your imagination and ambition, put your reservations aside, and dream big dreams. However, once you’ve decided on a goal, make sure that it is realistic, and that you can actually achieve it in the time frame that you have set for yourself.

You Focused on Too Few Areas

You can’t just focus on work goals for example and neglect activities that bring you joy. Goals like writing a book, competing in an adventure race, or starting a home garden might also be incredibly important for your happiness and well-being.

You Underestimated Completion Time

If you don’t estimate goal completion time accurately, it can be discouraging when things take longer to achieve than you think they should. This can cause you to give up.

You Did Not Appreciate Failure

No matter how hard you work, you will fail to achieve goals from time to time. However, your failures are what ultimately determine your character. They also contain lessons that can change your life for the best, if you have the courage to learn from them.

You Set “Other People’s Goals”

Some people – family, friends, or even your boss – may want to influence the goals you set. Don’t let them. Set your own goals.

You Did Not Review Progress

It takes time to accomplish goals. Monitor progress against smaller goals and celebrate successes.

You Set “Negative” Goals

Do not use ‘don’t’ in your goal setting. For example, ‘I don’t want to smoke’, say instead ‘I want to be a non-smoker’. Your language is very important and can influence your results.

You Set Too Many Goals

Instead, use the “quality, not quantity” rule when setting goals. Work out the relative importance of everything that you want to accomplish over the next six to twelve months. Then pick no more than, say, three goals to focus on.

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Focus on finding out why you were failing at achieving your goals and look to correct your actions today. Re-set your goals with these factors in mind and you will see yourself on the path towards achievement once again. Remember there are lots of resources available to you and you do not have to do it all by yourself. Get a success coach, a life coach or a business coach to guide you and assist you in your endeavours and your chances of success will sky rocket!