Have you ever struggled to succeed with your business and wondered what is holding you back from achieving your goals? Here are the secrets to success.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve set so many goals in the past that you’ve lost count, and most of them you haven’t achieved.
Today I’m going to share 3 main reasons why goal setting hasn’t worked for you, to help you to stay the course, not give up and finally achieve your goals.
1. You Gave Up On Your Goals Too Early
This is the number one reason why most goals are not achieved. You simply stopped working towards them and gave up.
The main reason why people give up on their goals is that they thought they failed and lost confidence in their ability to achieve their goals.
How do you feel when you don’t achieve your goals?
Do you get disappointed?
Do you swear that you’ll never set another goal again as there’s no point?
Believe me, I’ve been there. I gave up goal setting for years because I had too many disappointments.
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That was until I learned the truth about goal setting and where I’d been going wrong.
I’m going to help you to recognize where you’ve been going wrong with goal setting so you can set more effective goals next time.
And my aim today is to change your mindset around goal setting so you don’t actually mind if you don’t achieve your goals and you still see yourself as successful.
Let’s start by identifying what a goal actually is.
A goal is simply a thought that you had in your mind. Nothing more nothing less.
A goal is a desire to receive something into your life. It is often a random amount of income that you wish to receive that you just plucked out of thin air.
You were completely in control of your thought when you set that random goal, and I want to help you realize that same level of control over your thoughts regardless of whether you achieve your goal or not.
Changing your thoughts around whether you achieved your random goal by your self imposed deadline makes all the difference when it comes to carrying on working towards that goal or giving up completely.
Another thing it’s worthwhile to point out is that when you set a goal, there can only be 2 results, achievement of the goal and failure to achieve the goal.
It is that word, failure that drags us into a pit of despair, because who likes to fail?
Instead of using the word failure, why not reframe that into a more positive statement, something like ‘I’m still working towards my goal’ or ‘My goal hasn’t been realized yet’ or ‘I’m curious as to whether there were any signs that I’m on the right path or whether I should change course’ or ‘I’ve learned a lot and now I need to switch my method of reaching my goal’.
Any of those thoughts are so much more positive and will help you continue to work towards your goal.
Say for example you set a goal to earn $10,000 next month. This month you earned $100 and you want to jump from earning $100 to $10,000.
Say you actually earned $300. You could either choose to see that as a total failure because you didn’t hit your goal, or you could congratulate yourself for increasing your earnings and be excited that this means what you are doing is working and you are still working towards your goal.
Did you know that most businesses follow a similar pattern of growth? It starts off where you work and work and hardly see any results at all. Then all of a sudden, something changes and your growth takes off so fast you won’t even believe it.
If you were to plot it on a chart, it would look like a hockey stick.
If you could see into the future and you knew that in just a couple of months you’d be hitting that hockey stick of growth, would it motivate you to continue?
Yes, of course, it would. So what you need to do is be thankful that the hockey stick growth is inevitable for you and continue working towards your goals with the same level of enthusiasm.
Don’t give up, and you WILL achieve your desires.
2. You Were Focused On The Wrong Goals For You
Have you ever set a particular goal because someone else told you it would lead to success?
I’ve done this so many times I’ve lost count.
Every time I watched a new webinar or took a new business course, I’d get really excited about their results, their business model and their strategies and tactics.
So I would change the way I was working and I would work really hard on each method.
I was always disappointed when either I got no results, or I got results for a few months, until I started the next new business model and my previous results would fade away to nothing very quickly.
I literally did this for years getting so frustrated as to why nothing was working for me despite my hard work.
It took me a long time to realize that we need to be setting goals that are right for us as individuals, and that other people will never know what is right for us.
So how do we know what are the right goals to set?
We need to quiet our minds, ask questions, journal about it, find out your deep desires and listen for the intuition that comes as a result.
Only then will you know what goals are right for you, when you ask questions and listen for the answers.
3. You set too many goals
Have you ever read a book about self-improvement that encourages you to change everything in your life?
They encourage you to set a goal to improve your finances, your work, your relationship with your spouse, your kids, your spiritual life, your fitness, your food, your health, your charitable giving, and the list goes on.
I’ve been there, and let me tell you that all this does is totally overwhelm you.
The brain works much more effectively when you focus on changing one thing at a time. This is because the brain likes to resist change to keep you safe.
When you try and change too much at any one time it just becomes all too much and you give up on all of it.
So start with just one goal at a time for example business revenue.
When you’ve made changes that become habits, then you can move on and set new goals for other areas of your life.
Also when you work towards achieving one goal, it makes you feel successful, which is fuel to drive change in other areas of your life.
Now that you’ve got everything you need to get your mind in the right place for success with your goals, you might be looking for the right tools to set your goals and actually achieve them? I have a free gift for you that you’re going to love. For a limited time, I am giving away the planner that I use to set goals for my six-figure blog.
Just overcoming these 3 barriers to success will help you to finally achieve your goals.
Goal setting is a massive passion of mine, and I have many more posts and videos to help you reach your goals so stick around and see what else I can help you with by checking out the links below.
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