We often hear people complaining about not achieving their goals. That in turn leads to many people saying that goal setting is a waste of time.
There are 4 main reasons why you will fail to achieve your goals. They are:
- Not having any goals written down.
- Lack of commitment.
- Not knowing your starting point (where you are right now).
- Lack of planning.
Let’s look at these points one by one.
- Not Having Any Goals Written Down
The majority of people go through life without ever having any specific goals. Some people have their goals in their minds, but they never write it down. Only a few people ever commit their goals to writing.
If you would ever like to achieve your goals, it is safe practice to say that a dream only becomes a goal once it has been committed to writing. It has been proven that people, who write down their goals, earn 10 times as much as the people who keep their goals in their minds and people with no goals combined.
- Lack of Commitment
After not having any goals, I think this is the biggest cause of failure.
You never achieve any goal, no matter how desirable it is, unless you commit to that goal and take action.
The first step in commitment is writing down your goal. The second step – which is equally important – is to take action.
You can dream all you want, and you can write out ten pages; if you don’t take action, nothing is going to happen.
- Not Knowing Your Starting Point (Where You Are Right Now).
You cannot determine the end destination of your journey unless you know where you are right now.
You need to know your starting point. What is your financial status? What experience do you have? Would you need extra training / education to enable you to achieve your goals?
- Lack of Planning
People often make the mistake of setting a huge goal and then focus only on the end result. When they don’t make substantial progress within a month or so, they just quit.
This happens because people hear about the idea of thinking big.
It is true; when you set your goals, you should remove all limitations and think big. But once you know your end destination, what you eventually want to achieve, you should break it up into smaller action steps.
Set smaller, more achievable goals which are easier for you to achieve at the level where you are. Then focus on one step at a time.
By achieving these smaller goals (all building towards the bigger goal), you build your confidence and create a feeling of accomplishment. This will help you to stay motivated and focused.