What’s stopping you from achieving your goals?

What’s stopping you from achieving your goals?

If you want to lose a stone, drop a dress size, run a 10k or get fit and healthy – what’s stopping you from achieving it?

Whatever kind of Goal you’re trying to reach it’s rarely going to be easy. There will be barriers along the way that will test your determination and willpower, but it all comes down to how important your goal is and how much of a priority you make it.

You have a choice – either you do it or you don’t!

Firstly, you must make sure the Goal you have set yourself is for all the right reasons.  It should be something that YOU want to achieve, not something you think you should, or that someone else has told you to do – a goal should be personal.

We all have a set of core beliefs about what we believe we are possible of achieving. Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you’re right. You have to believe in yourself if you want to achieve your goal as you’ll never achieve anything that you don’t believe you can.

So, if you’ve already decided on your goal, make sure it’s a S.M.A.R.T Goal.

Specific – What exactly do you want to achieve?

Measured – How will you track your progress?

Achievable – Are you capable of reaching it?

Realistic – Is it a sensible goal to set?

Time-framed – When do you want to achieve it by?

If your goal isn’t S.M.A.R.T you could be setting yourself up for a failure from the start.  Setting your goals too high is the most common way NOT to reach your goals. For this reason, I’ve never been one to promote quick fix diets and gruelling exercise programmes. I’ve seen it happen time after time – embarking on a plan that becomes a chore to do and although it may have instant results, it’s just not attainable in the long run and often leads to injury, gluttony, burn out and ultimately you end up back to where you originally were.  If you want to make permanent changes, it’s not going to happen overnight. It’s going to require you to be committed and will require a Lifestyle overhaul, not a month of extremely low-calorie diets and over exercising. Again, the choice is yours.

If you’re guilty of any of the following excuses there’s a back up plan for them all!

1. Putting it off until ‘someday.’

As ‘someday’ never appears on the calendar, you’ll never accomplish your goals if you keep putting them off. If a goal is important to you, create a time framed plan of action and stick to it

2. Waiting to take action until you ‘feel’ ready.

If you wait until you feel ready to tackle something tough you may be waiting a long time so act now!

3. Not being prepared

Change isn’t easy – there’ll always be barriers in your path to your success sent to try you, so be prepared! Some days are harder than others but once you develop a plan for dealing with those situations you’ll feel more confident in your own abilities to keep going. Use your mental strength to keep reminding yourself you’re going to need to work hard to achieve your goals.

4. Seeing mistakes as failure.

Progression rarely happens in a straight line. Sometimes, you’ll have a blip and take one step back but it doesn’t mean you’ve gone all the way back to square one.  Just because you failed to reach a goal in the past, it doesn’t mean you will fail again.  Don’t let your past experiences doubt your future aspirations. Rather than thinking you’re destined for failure, learn from it, move on and get back on track.

5. Not making your goal a priority.

Goals are easy to set but actually doing the work is another story as you have to decide what kind of priority you’re going to give your goal. Otherwise, all your other daily activities will take over. Whatever your plan is – write it down and put it in your diary and again STICK TO IT!

6. Giving up before you see results.

Everyone wants results to happen immediately but just because you can’t see results, doesn’t mean your efforts are wasted. You need to stick to your goals longer than you might think before you start to see and experience the changes.

7. Sabotaging your goals just before the finish line.

This one may sound strange, however, the fear of successfully reaching your goal can sometimes be a real problem. Perhaps you don’t believe you’re worthy of success? Be honest with yourself and be on the lookout for warning signs that you might be about to give up.

8. Setting your sights too high.

If you’re really excited about making positive changes, you might be tempted to set the bar too high but if you take on too much too fast, you’ll set yourself up for failure.  Set some short-term achievements and celebrate each milestone along the way.

Are you prepared for the Challenge?

Once you’ve decided on your personal goal, you’ll need to be fully prepared if you’re going to achieve it so preparing in advance is vital. Having a sensible plan and being mentally prepared is what will make or break your achievements.

Excuses will arise that may prevent you from taking action, however try taking away all the negative thoughts and reasons you CAN’T do it and replace them with reasons you CAN!

Think positive – you’ve got this!

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