Setting goals for yourself is perhaps the most most important thing that you can do to achieve success and happiness in life. Unfortunately for many, while setting goals is important, being able to accomplish them is a whole other challenge in and of itself.
There are many reasons why so many people find it difficult to achieve the goals that they set for themselves. In this article I would like to point out some of those reasons and give advice on how to avoid them so that you can have better success at accomplishing your goals.
The first problem that most people have is that they set completely unrealistic goals for themselves at the very beginning of the process. When an unrealistic goal is set, it sets off a downward spiral of issues that ultimately leads to us feeling poorly about ourselves because we "can't do anything right." No one likes to feel like they failed, and when an unrealistic goal is set and not achieved, it can drastically alter our actions because we will be hesitate to set new goals in the future for fear of failing again.
Depending on the goal you have in mind, instead of setting one large goal, it may be easier and realistic to set several smaller goals in place first that are easier to achieve. By achieving small, but significant goals, we will gain a higher sense of accomplishment and be in a much better position to conquer our larger goals in the future.
Another major problem that people face when attempting to accomplish their goals, is that they have the wrong mindset in place. Attitude is everything and if you don't approach a goal with a positive and determined mental state, then that is when negative behaviors start to creep in to hinder our progress. These behaviors include procrastination and being easily distracted, which are two major reasons why our goals are not achieved. Another negative behavior is when people cannot handle any bumps in the road along the way and seem to give up on themselves way too easily at the first signs of problems. By losing sight of your goals through those behaviors, it is easy to see why accomplishing them is often a very difficult task.
In order to combat these types of behaviors, we need to put ourselves in the correct mental state. When we set a goal, we need to not only set a realistic goal, but we need to attach a realistic time frame to it and make it as specific as possible. If you are able to make up your mind that you are going to do something by a certain time period, then your chances of success are much greater than leaving it open-ended. Perhaps it would be beneficial to even add an extra incentive for ourselves for when we accomplish our goals on time if the goal itself is not enough of a reward.
The last problem somewhat ties in to the second as it has to do with your thought processes as well. The main issue at hand here is that many of us seem to not have an open mind in the goal achievement process. We make up in our minds what we want and what we are going to do to achieve it, and sometimes along the way we might encounter new information that would change the way we do things, we dismiss it. By spending more time to defend your own ideas on how things should be done, rather than trying out new things, we not only are working inefficiently, but we are also setting ourselves up for failure.
Keeping an open mind and allowing other people's ideas to influence us is one of the best ways for us to not only grow as humans, but also achieve our goals faster than we originally thought possible.
As you can see, mental strength plays a major role in our achievement of success in life. By keeping our minds healthy and balanced, we will not only be able to better accomplish our goals in life, but we will be happier overall because of it. Above all, just remember that we can overpower any problems in our lives with patience, confidence and having a "never quit" mentality.