What's Hindering You From Achieving Your Goals Part 2

The first section talked about the mental, physical, and financial barriers toward achieving your goals.  Part 2 concludes the discussion about not achieving our goals by discussing the approach to constructing and executing goals. 

Terrible Approach to Constructing Goals

Sometimes, goals fail due to misunderstanding goal setting.  We teach ourselves to jot goals down on paper, create a checklist, select a deadline, and check off completed items on the checklist. Goals are long-term transformations, not temporary solutions.  Consequently, goal setting goes wrong when the goals include:

  • Negative Undertones
  • Unrealistic Expectations
  • No Concrete Destination
  • Micromanaging

Incorrect goals tend to include negative undertones.  Therefore, approach goals with positivity so it's easier to remember and keep.  An example of a "negative" goal is "enroll in college."  Give that goal a positive spin by explaining why going to college is important.  The revised goal becomes "sharpen my acting skills" or "earn a degree in coding." 

Unrealistic expectations originate from hearing the phrase "overnight success" in media or expecting results after completing a goal.  Successful goals come from years or decades of constant grind and hustle with no guarantee of a payoff.  

The best goals are like books; it needs a beginning, middle, and end.  Goals without a final destination mean people will remain stagnant.  Include micromanaging from family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and you and you'll never figure out your destination.

Poor Execution

Is the execution holding you back?  The main reason for bad execution is ambition.  Motivation arrives in the beginning, but as reality sets in, the motivation wanes.  Motivation wanes because there's no commitment.  People should care about achieving their goals, and if you're in this for the wrong reasons, it will bubble to the surface.  Reasons include pleasing family and wealth.  Lack of motivation and commitment create inactivity in achieving goals.  However, family issues, medical bills, student loans, and self-doubt can cause inactivity as well.

Alternatively, tackling too many tasks at once doesn't bring success any closer to you. This strategy overwhelms many goal seekers as it divides concentration among many tasks.  It appears like an accomplishment when in reality, the goal becomes increasingly distant due to divided interest.  It is multitasking gone wrong.  Besides, some tasks are hard to comprehend much less complete.  It's better to break it up into manageable chunks and focus on one chunk at a time.  

Likewise, focus on tasks outside the goal.  Give your mind and body a rest by focusing on house chores, errands, and leisures.  This provides an opportunity to remind you of the accomplishments.

In some cases, some people know the endgame, but prefer to take the long road toward the goal instead of going to the endgame.  An example is becoming an accountant.  Instead of jumping directly into the career, you decide to become an accounting assistant, bookkeeper, and accounting secretary first.  This provides experience and confidence for unsure people, but for people with a clear endgame, it's a time-waster.

Plan and execution are equally important issues interfering with success.  There will be detours, yields, and stop signs from life and society.  The successful goal achievers never let signs stand in their way.  Eliminate those energy drainers and achieve the impossible with carefully crafted goals aimed for success.

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