One of the biggest reasons for failure is not for lack of trying.
It’s lack of planning.
Everybody knows about goals. Those who set goals tend to have better lives than those who don’t.
Perhaps you’ve heard of the famous Harvard Study? Some research psychologists followed a group of graduating seniors from Harvard. They compared the ones who had written goals to the ones that didn’t.
Twenty years later, the ones with written goals had much, much better lives than everybody else.
So, all you’ve got to do is write down your goals, right?
That’s a good start. However, if you don’t spend some time on your goals, they may well languish.
Just head to your local gym after New Years’s. The place will be packed to the gills with folks who have “goals” of losing weight.
But show up a few weeks later, and those people will be nowhere to be found.
Not only do you need to have written goals, but they need to clear, definite, and objectively measurable. Meaning some anonymous third party will be able to know, without a doubt, that you’ve achieved your goal.
After all, with a vague goal of “losing weight,” you can legitimately say you’ve accomplished it after going to the toilet.
Another thing that trips people up is making sure your goals are YOUR goals. Sometimes they are, but often times they aren’t.
Why are you achieving what you want to achieve? For you? For society? For your long dead parents? Your spouse?
Or even your inner caveman?
Everybody’s got pre-wired desires. Sex, money, food, social recognition.
Caveman weren’t too good at writing down goals, so Mother Nature programmed them into us.
But those goals were for a different environment than we live in now.
Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t.
Knowing the difference can make the difference, between easy success, and endless failure.
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