Goal Setting: The Real Reason Why You Can’t Stick To Your Goals

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever set a goal, and next thing you know it’s a year later and you’re still trying to move your goal from the idea stage to reality.

After years of working in corporate America and trying to get promoted, years of helping clients get the word out about their services,  and 3 years of running my business full time, here are a few things I know about why you may be struggling with achieving your goals:

  • Your mind ain’t right (yep, I meant ain’t) – Be honest with yourself. Sometimes when you’re struggling to reach a goal, you have to stop, reflect and start over. Ask yourself: Is this really your goal or someone else’s dream for your life? Do you want to accomplish this goal because its on trend with what everyone else is doing? What are you spending your time on? Are you so involved  in other people’s business that you can’t focus on getting your goals off the ground? Secondly, your mindset determines your success.  Beyond making a commitment to succeed, most goals include a sacrifice and an investment.  Patience, hustle and setbacks are also part of the process. Get out of your own way by asking for help when needed. Get rid of toxic relationships, so you can focus on what matters most.
  • You have the “I Can’t Say No” syndrome – Saying “No” creates a path for your success. Sometimes, you have to be a little selfish: Shut out the world, and get focused on you. On the flip side,  you have to  get used to hearing “NO.” Sometimes “No” means not right now or “Not” with you, keep pushing.
  • Your goals are too lofty – Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with having high expectations. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having bold goals, which scare the crap out of you. But when you put your focus on that ONE big thing, sometimes you’ll try to accomplish too many things at once. Eventually it becomes a recipe for failure.
  • You haven’t created a plan for your success. Here’s the thing my friend, it’s not enough to sit around praying and hoping for success, you have to plan for it. While I don’t have any regrets about how I quit my corporate job, I sat around too long gazing at my vision board, featuring big houses and exotic beach destinations but I had no clear strategy or action plan for turning my dreams into reality. My daily actions didn’t align with my goals. And I had no clue about the investments or sacrifices I would need to make to achieve my goals. So I failed. I failed a lot.

“So Kandia, I got my mind right, now what?” 

Take action now by creating a plan for success. Creating 90-day SMART goals-changed my life because it helped me to focus on what I needed to do monthly, daily and weekly.

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