Connect with us

Success Advice

7 Warning Signs You Are About to Fail at Your Goals

Avatar

Published

on

goals

There’s a study from Scranton University showing that out of 100 people who set goals, 92 of them fail at them. And this means that only a tiny group of 8 people who set goals actually achieve them. And your mission is to join the minority 8.

If you want to achieve your goals, you have to take preventive measures to NOT fail at them. You have to scan for warning signs before you quit and abandon your goals.

When people first set their goals, they are motivated and driven to take action and to do whatever it takes to achieve them. However, as time goes by, they started to lose confidence and their motivation started to wane, and eventually, they quit.

So never let this happen to you. Take the preventive measures and look out for these 7 warning signs before you fail at your goals:

1. You started to lose steam

This is one of the most common reasons people fail to achieve their goals. We all know that success is not easy and it requires consistent hard work over the long-term. When you poured in the effort but are not getting the result you desire, you will lose your drive. And if you let it continue, you will lose your confidence and eventually, let go of your goals.

Motivation is important because it is what gets you started. If you don’t have the drive, you will never do the work. And if you don’t do the work, you will never get the result you want.

Therefore, do something to keep yourself motivated each day. Read stories and articles about how other people did it. Talk to other successful people and network with them to keep your energy high.

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein

2. Feeling overwhelming and not sure what to do

This is another common reason people fail at their goals. Usually, people will start strong and they are ambitious. They set big goals and they overestimate themselves. It is just like what Tony Robbins has to say, “Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.”

They set their yearly goals too big and too unrealistic. Somehow, their mind sabotages the idea even before they begin their journey. Thus, they feel overwhelmed and not sure what to do.

If this happens to you, apply the ‘how do you eat an elephant’ principle right away. Break down your goals into smaller chunks that are more manageable and act on the smaller pieces right away.

3. Not doing anything about your goals

When you don’t do anything about your goals, you know that it is a clear sign that you are about to give up on your goals. This is simply because if you are serious about your goals, you will never sit still and do nothing. Instead, you will go all out and do whatever it takes to accomplish them.

This is why people often said, “You are what you do, and not what you say you will do.” It is about what you do. Your goals are just your plans for the future. If you don’t act on them, nothing will come true. Goals are just ideas put into words with plans.

4. Fail to give your goals proper attention

Do you forget about your goals from time to time? If you do, be extra careful because it is a sign that you may totally forget about your goals in the end. Successful people such as Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, etc, they will never forget about their goals.

In fact, they keep their goals, their vision and their dreams in their head at every moment. They just can’t help but to consistently think about achieving what they want in life. And if you don’t give your goals the attention they require, you will eventually forget about them because there are just too many distractions and shiny opportunities out there.

So review your goals daily. Practice active goal setting, do affirmations and visualize your goals every day.

5. Not feeling committed

When you write down 5 tasks you need to accomplish on your to-do list and you don’t accomplish any of them, you know it very well that something is wrong. It has to do with your commitment. If you still have work to do but you are feeling sleepy, do you choose to sleep or do you choose to stay up late to work on the task?

When you are not committed, there is a high chance that you will fail at achieving your goals. Extraordinary people who accomplished amazing results in life are extremely committed to their goals and dreams. On the other hand, unsuccessful people often give excuses as to why they can’t achieve their goals.

“Commitment is the enemy of resistance, for it is the serious promise to press on, to get up, no matter how many times you are knocked down” – Dave McNally

6. Starting to search for something new

Do you feel like your plans are not working and you need to search for something new? Well, if this is what is happening, it just means that you have lost confidence with your current goal.

You no longer feel like you can achieve the goals you set, and that is why you need to search for a new opportunity. It is intimidating, but if you keep jumping ships and switching goals, you will never accomplish any.

Instead, choose to do whatever it takes to achieve your goals. Ask around, check on Google, read books, search for solutions. Whatever you do, don’t give up. When there is a will, there is a way.

7. You turn your goals into unpleasant tasks

When your goals become unpleasant tasks to do, you know that it is a clear sign that you are about to give up on them.

Goals are supposed to motivate and drive people, not make people feel unpleasant to take action. If you are feeling boring, mundane and even pain when you think about your goals, you know something is not right.

Revisit your purpose. Why do you want to achieve your goals in the first place? Do your reasons still support you and give you the meaning to go forward?

Are these 7 warning signs describing you and your goals? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Image courtesy of Twenty20.com

Shawn Lim is the creator of StunningMotivation.com (https://StunningMotivation.com) and he’s a passionate blogger in the personal development industry who has inspired thousands to pursue their dreams and follow their passions. You can learn more about him plus download a free copy of his guidebook, Reach Your Goals on his website.

Advertisement
4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Avatar

    Nicah Caramba

    May 2, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Hey, Shawn!
    I’m guilty with some of these. I’ve recently been practicing to be patient with myself when going for my goals. Motivation is what we need daily, and I’ve been feeding myself that, especially when I start to go off-track. I get distracted a lot, so I’m still in the process of self-control. It’s working though, there’s progress, so thanks to your article for being a part of my progress. 🙂

  2. Avatar

    Molly

    Mar 28, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Fantasic article that is very relevant to me right now, given that I lacked confidence in my work and now feel I know what to do and to not give up!

  3. Avatar

    Yair Ausubel

    Mar 26, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    amazing thanks!
    i read this at the perfect time!

  4. Avatar

    Able Kinetic

    Mar 14, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Interesting article and well worth keeping in mind as we reflect on our goals and the progress we’re making. I find hanging around with Titans to absorb greatness a great tool when I need some extra inspiration or when I’m losing enthusiasm. Thanks for the article!

    In Motion to Improve, Achieve, and Create Value ~ Able Kinetic

Leave a Reply

Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Success Advice

7 Ways to Face Adversity Using the Power of Extreme Ownership

Avatar

Published

on

Image Credit: Unsplash

Adversity is an inevitable part of our lives, and it is an important and defining factor of our personal story. The stories we build for ourselves in the face of adversity will either empower or discourage us emotionally, help us move forward or remain stuck in the past, allow us to grow or to decline. (more…)

Continue Reading

Success Advice

Why Your Confidence Needs to Match Your Competence

Avatar

Published

on

Image Credit: Unsplash

Even if you produce amazing results at your job or in other areas of your life, others may still not see you as being competent if you lack the confidence to back it up. If you are good at your job, exuding confidence will ensure others also recognize your competence in your area of expertise. And research backs this up. (more…)

Continue Reading

Success Advice

5 Things You Can Learn From The 5am Club by Robin Sharma

Avatar

Published

on

It has been said by Robin Sharma, “5 AM is the time of least distraction, highest human glory, and greatest peace.” This also happens to be the central idea or the core value he has discussed in his book, ‘The 5 Am Club.’ Speaking of early mornings, at what time do you wake up? Are you annoyed by the fact that you wake up on the edge of time and then rush to work in haste? 

The life lessons put forth by The 5 AM Club are exactly the learning and motivation you need to challenge your complacency. In your race against time, you may not have the time to read this fabulous book. So, we have summed up the key book’s takeaways for your convenience.

1. The vigor of waking up early

This is what the book’s most fundamental advice to everyone is. Waking up at 5 am every day can work wonders to avert failures and make success a natural habit. When we wake up at 5 am, we have more time on our hands than others. Besides, this is when we have minimum interruptions and maximum powerfulness of the mind. 

To add, the early morning peace is priceless! You can schedule your most important tasks of the day between 5am, and 8am. This book teaches us in the simplest way, how we can train our mind and strengthen it to deliver the highest productivity by waking up early. This energy that you have when you wake up in the morning and the few additional hours in your day are what serve as perfect ingredients for success.

“The secret to productivity is simplicity.” – Robin Sharma

2. The power of finding the right balance in life

The book talks about a precious lesson of finding the right balance within. We often talk about the need for mindfulness and achieving the right mindset to perceive things. But this book goes a few steps ahead of our usual approach to life. It highlights the vitality of mindset and introduces the concepts of heartset, healthset, and soulset.

These terms may seem new, but they are self-explanatory. The idea of heartset endorses the essentialness of emotional stability and well-being. Next, the perspective of healthset indicates the need to look after physical health. At last, soulset is an attribute of spirituality. As explained in this book, success prospects can be enhanced big time by achieving the right balance between these internal virtues.

3. The iconic 20/20/20 modus operandi

What is the first thing you will do if you start waking up at 5 am every day? Did you ever spare a thought about it? This book has the answer to this question, and you will be convinced that it is a great way to begin your day!. The author suggests that you should split the first hour of the day into three equal parts of 20 minutes each.

In the first 20 minutes of the day, you should prioritize your physical fitness and exercise. In the next 20 minutes, you should energize your soul and spirit via self-reflection and soulful meditation. This will prepare you for the rest of the day and will enable you to bolster your commitment and focus. In the last 20 minutes of the first hour, you should read and learn. But what are you going to read about in those 20 minutes? Read about successful people and their inspiring journeys to the pinnacle of success.

4. The significance of a proper sleep schedule

In this book, there is a mention of ‘a ferocious global sleep recession’, which is intriguing and enlightening. It hints at the state of sleep deprivation that this world is sinking into gradually. We often associate success and hard work with the notion of staying up all night and testing our endurance beyond limits. But that is not the right approach to accomplishing success, or rather, it is a flawed methodology.

Sometimes even if we do not have any critical work, we keep whiling our night time on social media or television. What are we gaining from it is the real question, and I am afraid the answer is nothing! We learn from this book that it is critical to look after your sleep cycle and start your day at 5 am afresh. Sleep and rest are indispensable for mental and physical well-being, or your productivity will decline.

“If you want to have the results only 5% have, you must be willing to do and think like only 5% do and think.” – Robin Sharma

5. The art of evolving

The book sheds light on the need to be spiritual and master self-reflection. However, do you realize the purpose that the routine of reflection each morning serves? The idea is to keep learning, keep reflecting on the mistakes and keep evolution an ongoing process. You should evolve every day and strive to be a better version of yourself every day. So, one of your primary goals after waking up should be to reflect on your actions and missed opportunities of the previous day.

To recapitulate, The 5 AM Club is a must-read book if you are a passionate reader. It has the prowess and charm to refurbish your perception of life altogether. Even if you cannot read the book for some reason, make sure you incorporate the above key takeaways into your life. By starting your day at 5 am, you can rediscover your lost soul and enthusiasm, and you would not have complaints to make about the lack of time. If you can own your mornings, you can go places on the ladder of success, for excuses are only for those who are not committed to their goals.

Continue Reading

Success Advice

Prepare Yourself for Prosperity With These 6 Success Habits

Avatar

Published

on

Image Credit: Unsplash

Success stories don’t come from naturally successful people. They come from ordinary people with starry eyes and big dreams who stayed true to their end goal and consistently put in the work. They are just like you and me. What sets them apart is their mindset — a success mindset. (more…)

Continue Reading

Trending