Then, inevitably, those goals go bye-bye! Now you’re still “going through the motions” and those goals you set are dust in the wind. You might get the urge to set a new goal, but the next time you even think about it, you remember what happened the last time, and then you put it on the back burner, yet again. Sound all too familiar? Dying to know why this happens? Boom, here are 5 reasons why people don’t set goals.
1. People lack the power of intentions. Intentions set the direction for said goal(s). An intention is the message you give yourself about what you’re planning on doing. It is how much, and what type of energy you have for a particular goal or task. If you have no idea what your intentions are, the likelihood that you’ll complete the goal will be low, the energy you’ll have around said goal will be low, and the potential that it will have the desired outcome that was set out initially will also be low. You see where this is going.
2. There is a lack of inner desire to want something greater than what you currently have. If things are going good and you set a goal that seems, at first, a little better than what is currently going on, the desire to actually achieve the goal is very low. And because things are good, achieving the goal would be just “ok”, and if you don’t achieve the goal at all that’s ok too.
3. Passion is a very strong feeling about a person or thing. Passion is an intense emotion, compelling enthusiasm or desire for anything. Reason #3, the goal(s) are disconnected to the passion behind it. The passion and what you wanted are being blocked. It’s a disconnection from head to the heart and is downright detrimental to said goal.
4. Fear of Failure. There it is, that nasty F word again. Fear of failure is a HUGE reason why some people don’t set goals at all and if they do end up setting a goal, the fear that they will eventually fail becomes a reality and sayonara goal and hello gremlin! The gremlin, the inner critic, which ultimately tells you that you’re not good enough, is so emotionally charged that it takes over every being in your body. It stops you right in your tracks and puts a major halt on said goal.
5. You don’t know how. The goal might be outside of someone’s current knowledge, that they don’t know where to start. Some also believe that they aren’t actually capable of achieving the goal in the first place. This might be a goal that you’ve tried before, but didn’t end up successful the last time, so you assume “history will repeat itself”. Seem crazy? Sort of, but this really happens!
Now that you why this happens, you probably want to know what you can do to make your goals successful, huh?
1. Make sure your goal is motivating.
2. Always make sure the goal is specific, measurable, achievable, reasonable and time oriented.
3. Put your goal in writing & place it where you can see it often.
4. Set up an action plan.
5. Accountable! What accountability can you use to insure you are moving forward on these goals?
Next time you set some goals keep in mind what will help you be successful in achieving them. Set it, go for it and make it happen.