In the second part of this series, I discussed creating goals that you are passionate about as well as declaring them on paper and to others. In the first part, we discussed creating goals that are SMART and take regular action on them. Now we’re going to look at the shadow-side of goals…not achieving them.
Been there, done that and yet failed to reach the goal. Sometimes we don’t reach our goals because we aimed just a little too high or unexpected circumstances out of our control somehow derailed our plans. However, many times what holds us back is actually, well, us. This could be a number of things from simply not doing the things in the last two articles to a collection of other bad habits and personal roadblocks that we’ve accumulated. Some issues might be:
Lack of discipline
Being “too busy”
Having a fear of success
And the list goes on…
Whatever the things are that lead you away from what you say that you want to achieve, you may need to gain an awareness of them in order to move past them to the completion of your goals. Take a few minutes right now to honestly assess what it is that gets in your way from accomplishing what you want. You don’t need to share this information with anyone else if you don’t want to, but you do need to see it for yourself.
If you are truly motivated and driven to reach your goal “this time,” perhaps the first task or action you must take towards it is moving beyond the roadblock(s) that have held you back in the past. Whether you do this by reading a book, asking a friend to support you or employing a business or life coach to help you does not matter. Find the avenue that works for you and commit to letting go of this habit or behavior with the same passion and energy that is behind your goal.
Goal setting is a wonderful tool and skill to create more of what you want in your life and job or career. Remember that it is an ongoing process that continues and improves as long as you are trying to accomplish new things. Take my suggestions and continue to achieve what you want this and every year.
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