4 Surefire Ways to Fail at Reaching Your Goals
Napoleon Hill said, ‘A goal is a dream with a deadline.’ Are you great at dreaming but not so good at reaching your goals? If so, something is holding you back.
Here are four of the most common reasons why you typically fail to reach your goals.
The Reason Gets Away from You
It takes a long time to reach your goals.
During that time, it’s easy to stray from the real reason why you ever wanted to achieve it in the first place. In fact, you may very well forget it entirely.
This is very common in the martial arts!
All too often students start out with lots of enthusiasm, only to lose interest, when they discover achieving the rank of black belt requires lots of hard work and effort. At this point, most students just give up and quit.
How do you keep from doing this?
A great way is to write this reason down. Ask yourself why you want to make this change and answer it as honestly as possible.
Take that piece of paper and keep it with you constantly.
You may also find your motivation to reach the goal waning, especially when you encounter challenges along the way. Keeping a written statement of why you want to achieve your goal keeps that initial excitement with you to push you forward.
Too Much on Your Plate
The expression ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’ applies to goal planning as well as many other things in life. If you try to take on too many things at once, you’ll be spending your energy all over the place. You won’t have the focus that you need to reach even one, and you’ll most likely burn out quickly.
But what can you do if you’re an ambitious person with lots on your plate? The solution is to make a huge list of goals and just pick one. Work on one until you get comfortable with it and start seeing results. Then, you can add the next goal to your already busy schedule.
Choking on Negativity
Often, we fall short of what we want because we focus too much on negatives. You think about what you don’t want or where you don’t want to be, instead of visualizing yourself in a good place in the future.
For example, if your goal is to get a better job, stop thinking about the lousy one you have now. Sure, it may be a good motivator to get you job hunting; but the negative thinking it’s causing you can stand in your way. Instead, focus on the wonderful new job you’re going to get.
Kill the Fear
Many of us fail to make progress on our goals because of fear, which is perfectly natural. If you’ve got a big goal you’re working toward, there’s a good chance it’s something you’ve never done before, and that can be terrifying.
For example, when I was a member of the UBBT, I had to do 50,000 push ups in one calendar year. I was terrified at first, but then I broke down 50,000 divided by 365 days and the average was about 137 push ups a day. Suddenly, the goal seemed more manageable.
When you’re afraid, it’s usually because you doubt your abilities and it’s hard to reach your goals.
But with proper planning, this isn’t an issue at all.
If you break your goals down into sub-goals and daily actions that will get you closer to them, it just becomes a matter of logistics.
A good plan with concrete steps helps you overcome fear.
Take Action Today
Ultimately the main reason we fail at goals is that we fail to take action.
This could be because of the fear mentioned above or for other reasons, but it’s essential to do something each day that gets you closer to your goals.
This helps you understand your own abilities and skills better, and it gives you more confidence when you see yourself getting closer to getting what you want.
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Sensei Chris Feldt is the owner and chief instructor of Samurai Karate Studio, a leadership academy located in Northeast Columbia, South Carolina. His school teaches karate to children and adults ages 4 and up. SKS specializes in self-defense, anti-bullying, stranger danger and character and leadership development.
Mr. Feldt was an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina for college credit in karate and self-defense. Samurai Karate Studio has been recognized as a leader in martial arts instruction by being honored with the Best of Columbia Award for martial arts instruction for 8 consecutive years in a row.
Sensei Feldt is a certified instructor for group and personal protection training. SKS offers Active Shooter Training, Real Estate Safety, 10 Week Self Defense Academies, Bully Workshops, and Child Safety Camps.
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