Accomplishing your goals are integral to the success of your business and life, but how come after all the planning, goal setting and initial action many of your goals are left in the dust until next year or maybe pushed aside altogether?
Well, the issue isn’t with goal setting or creating a fancier SMART goal.
It has to do with execution, pure and simple.
So, if some of your goals are floundering right now, you’re definitely going to want to read this list and then take action to correct what’s derailing you.
2014 is halfway over, but it’s not too late to make some crucial adjustments and crush your goals.
Alright let’s get to it…
The Top 10 Reasons Your Goals Fail:
1You don’t break bad habits.
The name of the game is breaking bad habits and creating the good habits needed to accomplish your goals. Your life is a series of habits. If you keep doing the same thing, you can surely expect the same results. Not a recipe for achieving goals.
2You play the blame game.
“It’s his fault, I’m too busy, I don’t have time.” You need to be responsible and take full ownership for the success or failure of your goals. Business and life will get in the way, but you need to accept what is yours. Make the necessary choices to move forward no matter how difficult.
3You don’t put systems in place.
Systems and routines help you stay on track and re-enforce good new habits. Schedule your day and focus your highest productivity time on the critical tasks needed to accomplish your goal.
4You don’t work in increments.
Little steps lead to big results. Therefore, you must execute daily towards your goal. Break down your goal in bite size steps and create processes to help you work in daily and hourly increments.
5You allow distractions to rule you.
The sparkly new gadget keeps taking you away from what you need to do or you just need to check Facebook one more time. Pause, capture the distractions on paper, put them aside and get back to it.
6You don’t set boundaries.
Your clients, colleagues and family may not know you are trying to instill new habits and practices to accomplish your goal, so they continue to interrupt you or monopolize your time. You need to set new boundaries and ask for them to be respected. Create a system to negotiate and respond to their requests in a polite and timely manner.
7You don’t observe and iterate.
Self-observation and tracking your progress is key towards your success. You need to allocate time daily, weekly and monthly to review what is working and what isn’t. Then you need to adjust accordingly. Staying on the same path without checking to make sure it’s the right direction will not lead you to achieving your goals and the ultimate success you deserve.
8You don’t keep you goal in front of you.
Often times we will write out our goal in great detail and never look at it again. Always keep your goals near you so you can remember them. The more you see it the less you will want to stray from it.
9You don’t ask for support.
You can’t always make it on your own and requesting support from your peers, partners and family can give you the extra oomph you need to succeed. It’s ok to ask for help.
10You aren’t learning from your mistakes.
Along the way you are going to make mistakes. In order to learn and implement fixes, you need to step back and observe what went wrong. Don’t ignore it and hope it won’t happen again. Not learning from your mistakes can also lead you to beating yourself up. Avoid this path by accepting the mistake, learning and moving forward.
Time to take some action:
- Review this list carefully
- Pick out the top 3 reasons stopping you from achieving your goals
- List them in order of the greatest current negative impact
- Take action immediately (right now, not later today or tomorrow) on the number one reason causing your goals to fail
Take a stand right now and stop derailing yourself from knocking your goals out of the park this year.