Goal Setting Obstacles

Have you ever had a goal that you really wanted to achieve, that you knew could make a big difference in your life, but when the time came to start you just didn’t take action?

One of the biggest obstacles that prevents you from taking consistent, focused action toward your most important goals is fear…

Fear is known as False Evidence Appearing Real.

Various obstacles include:

  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of success
  • Procrastination
  • Moving from our comfort zone
  • Lack of discipline
  • Change
  • Lack of time

Be the Best Version of You

Photo courtesy of Figure Skaters Online

Photo courtesy of Figure Skaters Online

“I need to stop trying to become perfect and just try to become better.”  Sasha Cohen, U.S. Figure Skater

How often do you want everything to be just right?  To be the best?  To excel?  While they are all good aims, sometimes aiming for perfection stops you from even starting.  Why not just aim to take action, learn, improve and get better?

A mentor of mine often spoke about how she aims for 80% and above.  That she deliberately makes mistakes in what she does to teach others – her message is that it’s all about taking action and not being perfect!  She has an extremely successful business so that is when I decided it was time to drop aiming for perfection and just focus on taking action – no longer waiting for the ducks to all line up – no longer waiting for everything to be perfect.

The difference this one step made to me, my life and my results is amazing.  Think about where you have been chasing perfection.  Change your focus from perfection to daily improvement.

Why Set Goals?

Often, setting goals gets placed into the too hard basket. The following identifies why it is important to set goals.

  • Goals help you establish priorities and decide what is truly important
  • Achieving goals is a great way to spend your time
  • Goals give you direction and a target
  • More happiness
  • Goals propel you forward
  • Goals help us believe in ourselves
  • Goals tell you what you truly want
  • Goals help us live life to the fullest
  • Setting goals is a fundamental component to long-term success
  • Live your best life

Abandon Fear This Year

261Fear of what might happen is a waste of time and energy. If the thing you are worrying about doesn’t happen, you have wasted all that time and energy for nothing.

Take a moment to think about what it is you fear. Now think about what is the worst thing that could happen. Is it really likely to happen? Is there something you could learn from it if it did happen?

What things did you used to fear? I was walking to school with my daughters today, aged 11 and 8, and we were talking about how we used to fear monsters under our bed when we were young.

Now we are more mature, we know that our fear and the energy we put into it was wasted time and energy.

Think about some other things in the past that you may have feared and how do you feel about them now?

Fear can stop you from trying new things.

A great way to overcome fear is to imagine yourself after you have done it. How do you feel now that you have tackled and overcome your fear?

This way, you get to visualise yourself doing whatever it was you are afraid of. You also get to feel all the emotions of success.