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The No.1 Reason Why People Fail And 9 Ways To Change It




It can be really annoying and frustrating. You get up early, you roll up your sleeves, you are working really hard all day long, day after day… yet, it is not working out for you.

It seems like, no matter what you do, you are not moving forward and you are not enjoying the success you deserve.

But why?  What’s wrong here?


Maybe you are just spinning your wheels

There are thousands of hard-working people who never succeed. Why? Because it is not so much the amount of work you are doing that counts most, but the quality of your work.

You could carry a big stone from A to B and then back to A and again to B… This could go on for hours, days and weeks. But, do you think, this would get you anywhere? Of course not.

But that’s more or less what so many people do in their personal careers. They focus on minor tasks that don’t really matter and no matter how many hours they put in, no significant results will show up.


I know, sometimes it’s tough to focus on those crucial, all important tasks

We do what we are used to do. We prefer to remain in our comfort zone. When we have the choice between 2 different tasks, we tend to pick the easier one.

But, unfortunately , that’s also the recipe for failure.


Make it a habit to focus on your most important tasks first

You know what those all important tasks are. I’m talking about those things that help you to really move forward, to take your business to the next level… and to make success inevitable.

But,  those secondary tasks are usually much easier, oftentimes they are also more fun and at the end of the day they provide you with the illusion that you got a a hell lot of work done and that you should be proud of yourself.

The truth is, you will NEVER get everything done and that’s absolutely normal. However, instead of focusing on secondary and even less important tasks you should make it a habit to focus 100% on your most important tasks and tackle those other tasks only once you are finished with your primary tasks.


It is not at all as difficult as you may think

Yes, breaking old habits and establishing new ones is always a bit of a challenge – but only at the very beginning.

You can get used to pretty much anything in life and it doesn’t take much longer than 3-4 weeks to adopt a new habit. And I promise, the habit of focusing on your primary tasks first will change your entire life and it will almost guarantee your success.


Here are 9 simple steps that will help you to establish the habit of  “completing your most important tasks first before doing anything else” fun and easy:


1: Identify your most important tasks

I’m sure, you already know what those most important tasks are in your case. Oftentimes, those are the tasks you like the least. The tasks that require you to step outside your comfort zone. The tasks you may be a bit afraid to tackle…


2: Make a list of your most important tasks

Make a list of your priority tasks for the next 3 months, for the following month and for the following week.

Also, at the end of each day make a list of your primary tasks and action steps for the following day.


3: Make the decision to tackle your most important task first

Before going to bed, promise to yourself to focus 100% on your most important task first thing in the morning. Make the commitment that no matter how you feel in the morning, whether you are motivated or not, whether there are tons of emails in your inbox… that you will jump on this top priority task as soon as your work day starts.


4: Visualize yourself performing this task easily and successfully.

Imagine, feel and visualize how much fun you have and how good it feels once your task is completed. This is an excellent way to prepare your subconscious mind to already get going while you are asleep. When you wake up in the morning, a part of you has already been working on your #1 task and it will be much easier for you to complete it.


5: Don’t think too much, just do it

The mind can be very tricky when it comes to performing those sorts of tasks that lie outside our comfort zone. If you spend too much time weighing your options, you may find all kinds of excuses why it would be better to do something different. Don’t think too much, just get going. Take action and get started.


6: Don’t worry about doing a perfect job

When you need to do something you are not used to, your performance will probably be mediocre. And that’s perfectly ok.

So, don’t put too much pressure on yourself. It is still better to do a mediocre job than doing nothing at all.


7: Push through those critical first 10-15 minutes

It could very well be that you don’t feel the slightest drive and motivation to get started with your priority task. That’s normal and that’s the reason why people procrastinate.

But, there is a simple trick to get around this lack of motivation. Commit to get started and to push through those first 10-15 minutes. 10-15 minutes is nothing and you can do it even if you have zero motivation.

Don’t think too much, don’t dwell on your lack of motivation. Just jump into your tasks and do at least something.

After those 10-15 minutes, your creativity suddenly starts flowing, ideas are coming, you feel the drive and motivation… and you are simply enjoying the process.


8: Enjoy your achievement

Once you are finished with your priority task, realize how good it feels. Enjoy your achievement and be proud of yourself.  This will fuel you with even more energy and motivation for your remaining tasks.


9: Make it a habit

You have done a great job so far, but you didn’t create a new habit yet. So, I’m pretty sure, over the next few days you will encounter once again a situation where the temptation is huge to focus on one of those easier, less important tasks.

That’s normal, establishing a new habit takes some time – typically 3-4 weeks. Just keep on going and know that it is getting easier with every day and that after only 3-4 weeks you will have created a habit that will completely change your life and make success almost inevitable.




Feature Image Credit: Patrick Sikorski

Robert Spadinger is the founder of where he teaches people how to create a life that's filled with love, abundance, happiness and success. If you enjoyed this article, you will also love his book: "How to Create The Life of Your Dreams", which you can download for free from his website.



  1. Joel Castillo

    Mar 6, 2015 at 8:00 am

    We have had our share of troubles of executing our ideas, that’s why we started Internet Prosperity Podcast. Because, we felt that it’s hard create online businesses alone we decided to teach our audience everything we know about online marketing free of charge.

    Take a look at our site and listen to our podcast for a guide to help ANYONE with their current business or idea.

  2. vijay

    Feb 18, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    simply …awesome

  3. Keith Clarke

    Jul 4, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Hi, Robert.

    Love the simplicity of the steps. Some advice goes into overload but this is broken down nicely.

    The one thing I would add is when listing the important things, to actually ask ourselves why they are important. This connects us with what we are trying to achieve on a deeper level. Or, it makes us realise that something isn’t as important as we initially thought, allowing us to re – prioritise.

  4. Jaykumar Ajalpuriya

    Jun 20, 2014 at 3:51 am

    Excellent …. Very useful….

  5. Global Offices

    May 30, 2014 at 2:47 am

    Great article! To give the first step is hard, but remember that a great journey was began with the first step. Just keep going, even when you don’t want to and amazing things will happen. “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

  6. Sarah

    Apr 1, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Excellent list. The best part about it, in my opinion, is the advice to not worry about doing a perfect job. Perfectionism is literally capable of causing nearly every success roadblock there is in life, and carries with it all sorts of crazy doubts and angsts. Once we truly accept that not everything (or anything) we do requires excellence, we’ll all be a lot happier.

    Oh, did I mention I’m a perfectionist?

  7. pujitha

    Oct 31, 2013 at 9:52 am

    how can we get success in studies when all trials are commming as failure…how can a persson over come failures in sudies to get success…

  8. Joel Castillo

    Oct 30, 2013 at 2:45 am

    I loved the article. I have read this site for the last 2 years and one of the things it helped me to do is to start my internet marketing business.

  9. Frosting

    Oct 28, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Oh, I am really like this site. Very helpful tips guys. I am one who will procrastinate over fear of doing a poor or mediocre job. You’re correct, doing a mediocre job is better than doing NOTHING at all. This article came right on time. I am in a dead end career and know the steps I have to take to get myself “out of the hole” but I’ve been putting it off. This just gave me the motivation I need to start.

  10. Mueez

    Oct 28, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Thank you a lot for timely help.

  11. Neo

    Oct 28, 2013 at 5:45 am

    ”Motivation is what gets you started, Habit is what keeps you going” is the reason why im online every day trying to make one difference at a time. Thanks for the great post.

    • Robert

      Oct 28, 2013 at 9:54 am

      Thanks, Neo – glad you liked the article. And yes, thousands of little baby steps will ultimately lead to success.

  12. Solomon

    Oct 27, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Awesome absolutely awesome, Love it!

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