There are 7 things that keep us from reaching our goals.
Goal setting should be a part of our lives as it relates to business or family life. Most of us have goals such as: Getting out of debt, exercising more, starting a new business, family vacations and more.
The reality of setting goals is that most of us don’t reach them. According to Statistics, only 8 percent of people who set goals actually reach them. Here are 7 that keep us from reaching our goals.
1. Undefined direction
Do you know where you’re going? If not, it’s okay. Take some time to figure out your purpose and desire to achieving a particular goal. If you don’t know where you’re heading, you have nothing to strive for. It’s as if you’re walking on a path that has no end or desired destination.
Distraction can come in many forms. They are manifested in our lives each and every day. They come in the form of phone calls, being busy, activities, social media, etc.
Have you ever been online with the intention of going to a particular website and before you knew it, you’ve clicked onto an article or video that grabbed your attention? Those are the type of distractions that will keep you distracted for hours. Believe me, I’ve been there. I’ve actually had to close tabs on my computer in order to keep the distractions out of my eye sight.
Get rid of the distractions and stay focused.
3. Listening to the naysayers
There are people who will always be a stumbling block with their words. They are constantly discouraging or criticizing your actions. You have to turn the words of the naysayers off. Surround yourself with positive and like-minded individuals who can add to your life instead of taking away.
4. Not writing them down
We can have thoughts and daydream all day long about where we want to go or accomplish. Our thoughts can be all over the place. If you take some time and write them down, you can have a reference point for your goals. Don’t worry about putting them in any particular order, just write them down. Once they’re out of your head and onto paper, then you can go back and arrange them in order of priority or even elaborate more.
In the age of technology, there are apps such as Ever Note that can be used, but I prefer a nice journal and pen that will keep me organized. Children can also journal their thoughts. You’ll be amazed at what they write. Find a system and use what works best for you.
5. No accountability for your goals
We must have accountability in our lives. I think about all the people who make new year’s resolutions at the beginning of the year indicating that they want to lose weight. They’ll start the process and by the time mid-February, they’re back to square one. An accountability partner will make sure you’re on track with your goals. Find someone who will be honest with you instead of letting you becoming passive. We are not meant to walk alone in life.
6. Not celebrating the small steps
We love to celebrate with our children, friends, and family whenever they reach a goal or have something worth recognizing. So, why don’t we celebrate our small accomplishments? By celebrating the small steps, it gives us confidence that we can take the next step and continue on the path of reaching our goals.
7. Making them impossible to achieve
When we are goal setting, we should have long-term goals as well as short-term goals. If we focus solely on our long-term goals, they can be so out of reach that we forget about our short-term goals. This goes back to celebrating our small steps. Keep your long-term and short-term goals separate. As you begin to reach those short-term goals one by one, they fit right in line with the big picture of your long-term goals. Focusing on your short-term goals helps you to stay encouraged.
The long-term goal is to lose 75 pounds this year.
Short-term: Break it down into smaller increments and focus on your eating habits, exercise, and lose 6 lbs. a month. That’s more realistic and you can celebrate your accomplishments throughout the year.
Stay focused on your goals and see yourself flourishing.