No matter how big or small someone’s goals are, everyone in life has things they want to accomplish. Unlike what society wants you to believe, however, these goals don’t have to make you a billionaire, either. In other words, society has painted its own picture of what it means to be successful. You must have a million dollars, you always need to have the nicest car, and you have to have the best job. However, this isn’t always what it means to have goals and be successful. After all, not everyone is destined to be the next CEO. Not to mention that most of these examples are long-term goals as well. It usually takes years before people become that successful.
As I mentioned before, many people have smaller goals they want to accomplish, also known as short-term goals. For example, the regular tasks you do on a daily basis, or something that a person is looking to finish in a week or even a month. However, regardless of whether you’re looking to accomplish short-term or long-term goals, you need to be determined to finish them, or you’ll find yourself slacking off. Speaking of which, why do some people fail to accomplish their goals? They have everything mapped out and know what needs to be done, so what’s the problem? Is something holding them back? Let’s take a look at some possible reasons.
#1. They’re Afraid to Take the First Step
One reason many people fail to achieve their goals, is because they’re afraid to take the first step of action. Even after mapping everything out perfectly, they’re unsure of whether they’ll actually succeed or not. As an example, let’s say someone’s goal was to find a new job. They were recently dismissed from their previous position, and had six months before their unemployment checks run out. They made a list of all job openings in the area, but never actually applied for any of the positions. Basically, fear is holding them back, and they’re afraid to take the first step. This person thinks that they won’t hear back, because employers receive hundreds of applications, anyway. Not to mention the crumbling state of the job market. However, this person would never know until they tried. What if after applying, this person heard back from the employers in as soon as a week? It’s better to have tried and be disappointed with the results, then having never tried because you’re assuming the worst. Never let fear hold you back from doing what needs to be done.
#2. They Don’t Value Their Time or Use it Wisely
Another major reason as to why people fail to achieve their goals, is because they waste too much time. When they’re finally ready to get serious, it’s almost too late for them. A lot of people tend to procrastinate, thinking that they have all the time in the world to accomplish their goals. However, every minute counts. Our life is like a vapor, and time goes by way too fast to constantly be slacking off. As an example, let’s say someone recently graduated college and was looking to save up money for a car. They had just found an online job, and it pays fifteen dollars an hour. Even though the job only lasts on a one year contract, this would still be a great opportunity for them to make a decent amount of money. Not to mention they could even buy a cheaper car if others are too expensive.
However, because this is their first post-graduation position, they’re simply content with having a job, and aren’t working as much as they should. Before they know it, six months have already gone by, and they’ve only made five thousand dollars. Had they been working hard enough, they’d have at least twice as much now. See what I mean? When you’re looking to accomplish your goals, create a reasonable time-frame for what needs to be done, and make sure you see it through. Time will never wait for you to get your priorities straight.
#3. People Don’t Build Themselves Up
You might have heard people say that you are what you eat. Well when it comes to words, you are who you say you are. What we say has power, and our words can either tear someone down, or build them up. However, our own words have just as much of an effect on us as they do others, if not even more so. After all, if someone we don’t know tells us we’re worthless, why would we care if they’re just a random stranger? When you tell yourself that you’ll never be good enough, however, you eventually start to believe it. For example, let’s say you were feeling discouraged about how unsuccessful your goals have been, and you kept telling yourself that you’re never going to succeed. Eventually, you’ll stop trying to accomplish your goals, because you actually believe you’ll never amount to them. If you kept encouraging yourself, however, as well as putting your plans into action, you’d eventually feel like nothing could stand in your way.
There are plenty of other reasons people fail to achieve their goals, but these are the big three. Between people being afraid to take the first step, not using their time wisely, and unintentionally putting themselves down, these should definitely be avoided. If anything, do the exact opposite. Always take a step in spite of your fears/doubts, value the time you have, and encourage yourself on a daily basis.
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