When it comes to setting goals, a lot of people thought that all they need to do is to write down the goals, and then everything will come true automatically. This is not how it works. Most people fail to achieve their goals because they don’t work on their goals.
Studies have shown that as high as 80% of people who set goals fail to reach them. It is not that goal setting does not work; it is the people who set goals do not work.
There are many reasons why people fail to accomplish what they want in their life. And below are the 5 most common reasons people fail to achieve their goals.
1. They give too many excuses
Yes, one of the most common reasons people fail to reach their dreams and make their goals come true is because they give too many excuses.
They will tell you that they don’t have the time, something happened and they have to delay doing the work, or they will tell you that it is too hard to do.
Whatever reasons they give, those are plain excuses used by most people to justify the reasons why they are can’t achieve what they want in life.
If you want to produce remarkable results and accomplish outstanding success in life, stop giving excuses.
When you say you can’t do it because of something, do you know that there are people out there who face similar or even worse situation than you, but they go ahead and do it anyway?
So the next time when you want to give reason to justify why you can’t or fail to achieve your goals, think twice.
In fact, most successful people who went on to accomplish amazing results in life are those that did it despite all odds. People like Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, and Michael Jordan, they were not scholars or coming from rich families.
However, these people chose to work hard on their dreams and keep moving forward regardless of all the odds stacking on them.
Thus, stop giving excuses and start looking for solutions and work on your goals. Things will never change unless you take the responsibility and change yourself.
2. They procrastinate and do nothing
Are you taking action that will move you forward to your goals and your dreams? If you are like most ordinary people who do not do anything about what they want in life, you will never accomplish your goals or live your dreams.
Action is the bridge that connects your dreams and your reality. If you want to bring your dream to life, you must close the gap by taking action.
Sadly, most people say that they want to be successful, but they are not doing anything about it. Always remember this, you are what you do, not what you say you will do.
Don’t just say that you want to achieve your goals or to be successful, say like you mean it and do it. Take consistent action and do something each day to progress toward your goals.
You don’t have to work 24 hours a day. All you need to do is to take small and consistent action every day. Commit to doing 5 little things that will move you toward your goals.
If you follow through and take 5 small action steps, no matter how small the steps are, within a year, you will have accomplished 1825 small victories.
Can you imagine how these 1825 small victories can make you progress and change your life?
Therefore, be consistent and take action each day.
3. They don’t know how
Whatever you want to achieve in your life, someone else out there has already accomplished it.
If you want to lose fat and get slim, there are people out there who have done it. If you want to invest in the stock market and be a millionaire trader, there are people out there who have done it, and they can teach you how to do so as well.
Hence, not knowing how to achieve what you want is not a valid excuse. Search for solutions, find the answers, read books, learn from others, attend seminars and workshops, and get yourself a mentor or a coach to guide you.
Just like what Anthony Robbins said, “Success leaves clues.”
You have to study and learn the proven method that will get you the results the fastest. If you keep running west to see the sunrise, you will never make it.
So learn from other experts out there and make it your habit to read and improve yourself constantly.
4. They set the wrong goals
Do you know that most people make a big mistake by setting the wrong goal? They set something that they don’t want. And as a result, they find it hard to come up with motivation to work on it.
Make sure you set the right goals that you want. The problem with most people is that they are influenced by people around them and the society.
People want to chase for wealth, fame, and power because they have been conditioned to think that these are the things that make them successful.
The problem with this is that if you set the wrong goals, you will never feel driven to pursue them.
Most people have the motivation in the beginning, but as they go along, work on their goals but are not seeing any result, they lose faith and motivation. Eventually, they will give up because their goals are not what they truly want to achieve.
The solution here is to set something that can connect with your calling. Set a goal that you really want to achieve in life where your goals make you feel complete.
“People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them.” – Anthony Robbins
5. They give up half way
Another common reason people fail to reach their goals is simply because they give up somewhere along the journey.
When you give up, you fail. A quitter will never win, and a winner will never quit. If you study the success story of extraordinary people, you will notice that they are able to create remarkable results because they persist and they choose not to give up even when the situation is tough.
Successful people are persistent and determined with what they want. They will never give in or give up on their dreams and their goals.
They are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their targets. And you have to be the same.
“If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan