Overcoming Setbacks – 5 things that stop you from achieving goals
The journey to goal achievement is not an easy one. When you set a goal for yourself, some things will either stop you from achieving that goal or slow your progress in achieving that goal. In this post, I’ll educate you on 5 things that stop you from achieving goals.
What Is A Setback?
A setback is something that causes a delay or prevents a process from continuing. It is an event that delays your progress or reverses some of the progress that you have made. It can also be defined as a problem that makes progress more difficult or success less likely.
Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own itOprah Winfrey
In the past, I had set some goals that I couldn’t reach, and after doing a lot of soul-searching in the present, I realized a number of things within my control had held me back. These five things could stand in your way if you struggle to reach your goals.
5 things that stop you from achieving goals
- Your Core Belief
- You don’t have a schedule
- You don’t have an accountability partner
- Wrong motives
- Past experiences
1. Your core beliefs are holding you back.
We all have a set of core beliefs around what we believe is possible in our lives. I had set myself a challenge to lose 20kg, but my core belief was that I couldn’t because I had failed to stick to my fitness goals in the past.
We can never achieve anything that contradicts our core beliefs, but we can change our core beliefs. By having small wins each day, we can prove that what we believe about ourselves isn’t necessarily true.
2. You don’t have a schedule (or you’re not sticking to it).
It’s not what you do every now and then that counts. It’s what you do daily. I created a training schedule, but I didn’t commit to making daily progress. It was easy to talk myself out of exercising, and before I knew it, it was one month before my photoshoot, and I hadn’t lost the weight I intended to lose.
Create a schedule and make sure you are sticking to it each day. Commit to doing everything in your control to make progress, and you’ll be surprised how far it will take you.
3. You don’t have an accountability partner.
It’s one thing to set yourself a goal, but another to be held accountable. Having another person hold you accountable will make quitting much harder when the going gets hard. Finding someone to exercise with every week would have helped to hold me accountable to my exercise schedule.
You have to be self-motivated to achieve your goals, but it also helps if someone else is on your case. Pick an accountability partner who can relate to what you’re trying to achieve and will make sure you stick to your plan.
4. You want it for the wrong reasons.
When I told one of my friends back then that I would achieve a specific goal, She replied, “You’ll never do it.” It pissed me off that she had no faith in me, so I tried to prove her wrong.
Do you want to achieve a goal because you want to prove someone else wrong? Are you working toward a goal because someone else decided you should?
Honestly, I achieved that goal because I wanted to achieve it and not because my friend had no faith in me. Find out what you really want, don’t be motivated by the opinions of others.
Aim for a goal because it’s the right thing to do for you.
5. You let your past experiences define you.
Just because you failed to reach a goal in the past doesn’t mean you will always fail. Many people have goals but never attempt them.
If you are trying to achieve a goal and fail, don’t start calling yourself a failure. If you have failed in the past, it shows that you have attempted to take risks. Be proud of yourself for stepping out of your comfort zone, learn from your mistakes, and help them propel you forward to achieving your goals in the future.
There will be times in life when we fail, but what we learn from our failures is extremely important. Those who achieve their goals also face failures but grow from their mistakes, get up when they stumble and progress each day toward their dreams.
Remember, you are just a few adjustments away from achieving your goals. Thanks for reading!