4 Things That Will Stop You Achieving Your Goals

When we set goals, we typically focus most of our attention on what we need to do to achieve them. However, it is equally important to focus on things that might stop you from achieving your goals. The reason it is important to do that is so that you can be proactive with dealing with things that might hold you back or sabotage your results.  Doing this will support you in setting yourself up to succeed. 

Yet some of the most common things that will stop you achieving your goals are often overlooked. So it is useful to know what those things are so that you can deal with them effectively and stop them from negatively impacting you, your goals, and your results.

To help you get started with that here are:

4 common things that will stop you achieving your goals (and what to do about them)

1. You are already feeling overwhelmed with everything you have on your plate

If you are feeling overwhelmed with everything you already have to juggle, adding new goals into the mix is a recipe for creating even more stress, struggle, overwhelm, and failure. As a result, your chances of turning your goals into reality are greatly reduced. It makes much more sense to focus on taking action to deal with your feelings of overwhelm first. Identify what the source is of your feelings of overwhelm. Start taking action to deal with those things and put boundaries in place to create a permanent solution.  

2. You are constantly busy and overscheduled 

Achieving goals successfully requires time and space to think, plan and take new actions. If your schedule is already constantly full and you are stuck in the busy trap, you are less likely to achieve your goals. Look for ways to take back control of your time and schedule. Set boundaries to protect what gets your time and attention. Set new goals only when you know you have time and space to work on them consistently.

3. Your current behaviour patterns and habits are getting in the way

Results are driven by your behaviour and habits. If your current behaviour patterns and habits are not aligned with what is needed to achieve your goals you may not get the results you most want. That is why working on achieving new goals often requires changes in behaviour and habits. But this is often overlooked. Take some time to identify the behaviours and habits that will set you up to succeed. Work on developing those things. On the flip side, identify current behaviours and habits that may sabotage your progress and keep you stuck. Commit to working on replacing them with behaviours and habits that will support achieving your goals.  

4. Your mental and physical energy feel depleted

Setting and achieving new goals takes extra mental and physical energy in addition to the mental and physical energy levels required for managing day-to-day life and work. If your energy levels are feeling depleted before you start, you are not in a good starting position to be as effective as possible. Hence, the results you desire are at risk. Put in place things that boost and maintain good mental and physical energy levels. Reduce or remove things that drain them.

If any of these points apply to you, make sure you take action to deal with them so that they do not stop you from achieving your goals.  

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