Why We Fail to Meet Our Goals


Setting goals gives us something to strive towards and boosts our self-confidence each time we achieve them. More often than not, we are guilty of setting goals that we sometimes fail to meet. I have observed the following to be the major reasons we sometimes fail to meet goals we set for ourselves.

1. Excuses, Excuses, Excuses – We all make them! These are often easier to come up with than reasons why we need to do something. They can range from not having enough time to the stars not being correctly aligned. Whatever the case, they paralyze us.

I personally come up with mine when I am feeling fearful, anxious, uncertain or just plain old lazy. Sometimes it seems easier and safer not doing anything at all than tackling what needs to be taken care of.

2. Magnifying our fears more than we do our abilities – Fear of failure has killed so many dreams before they had the chance to take off. We are so accustomed to leaning more towards things not working out than to them working out and often allow this to dissuade us from taking on challenges or setting goals for ourselves.

Fear robs us of our self-confidence and allows us to come up with reasons why we can’t do things or make them happen. Grab your fears by the horns and stop underestimating yourself; you are more capable than you think.

3. Not a strong enough “WHY” – What does your goal mean to you? Why have you set it?

We sometimes chase after things because others expect us to or to keep up with our peers or the “Joneses”, if you will.

When we set goals for the wrong reasons and chase after things we don’t really need or desire; we aren’t driven to pursue them, commit to them or achieve them and end up wasting a great deal of time, energy and money that could have been spent pursuing things that resonate with us.

4. Not setting our priorities right – There are times when I choose to keep up with the Kardashians rather than work on my writing or allow other unimportant things to distract me. It’s amazing how we manage to find time for things that don’t really add value to our lives, yet give the excuse of lack of time as the reason we can’t pursue a goal.

It’s never ever about having time, but more so about making time. If something is important enough to you, you will find time for it and make it an important enough priority.

5. Trying your hand at everything – It’s so easy to become a Jack of all trades and a master of none. When we spread our attention, energy and focus into many things, we sometimes fail to hone our skills and expertise in the area that we would most flourish in and that is best suited for us.

It is important for us to discover what we are really good at, passionate about and most driven to do and focus on and perfect that one thing. We weren’t meant to do everything, neither can we do EVERYTHING.

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SOURCE: The Huffington Post
Yvonne Kariba

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