This is a guest post by Steven Morkes, one of the developers of Project Planner: Reach Your Goals on Time.
The whole planet would be full of lavishing millionaires, if goals could be achieved so easily.
However, this is not a part of our reality! In order to realize dreams, one must put in some work, showing miraculous persistence, while overcoming a mass of barriers.
There are so many factors which affect the outcome of dreams, that it’s impossible to give magic advice which would work for all situations.
Therefore, if you haven’t reached your goals yet, look at some of the common reasons for it:
1. Lack of planning.
Any dream can come true if you plan it right.
Those who became successful have a thorough plan. They planned daily, and tried to follow the plans.
What they dreamed about, they planned to achieve. And they all have said that success is not spontaneous.
2. Mistakes in planning.
Did you watch the movie with Will Smith, “The Pursuit of Happiness”? It is where Will Smith invests into medical equipment, and then fails to sell it. If he had known the end results, of course, he would have had a different fate.
What’s more, had he talked to the doctors first to make some inquiries, he would have got the info about nobody caring about the medical equipment. Therefore, he would have not invested his last money or his priceless time into a failure.
The more you know, the less mistakes you make.
Plans are worthless if not acted upon.
You have to “do”! Easier said, than done. For it is much more pleasant to watch TV, or go out with friends, than to do something hard and important.
Well, for goals’ sake, you’ll have to change your habits. Daily, trying to do several things, in order to come a step closer to your desires.
4. State of persistence.
John D. Rockefeller said, “I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature”.
The road to achieving a big goal is full of barriers and misfortunes. But this isn’t a reason for losing heart. It is, instead, a chance to learn to be unshakeable.
5. Internal restraints.
This just might be the very core of failure. People are afraid to face, expose and test own weaknesses, which come during hardships in pursuit of greatness.
Ask yourself – “What stops me from achieving my goals?” Then, remove that “stop-sign”, and move forward.
In conclusion, I’d like to mention the following. You probably are waiting for me to give you some steps and tips about what I said… What I did see is, people are setting goals. Then, while achieving an objective, they might change directions, substituting them for much bigger goals. I only guess that it is because they realized their potential.
Nonetheless, it is best to have a goal, than to have none at all. Better to waste time for something, rather than for nothing. And that cannot be argued against.
Confucius once said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
You need to do some thinking when setting goals. A goal must be chosen in an area where you are most likely to succeed.
Simply speaking, if you like music and are a good musician, then it is realistic to have dreams that have something to do with music. To find out what you’d love to do in life, write answers to the following three questions:
- What were your interests in childhood and adolescent years?
- What would you like to do in the future?
- What are your most developed skills?
Ponder on these for some time. Things that you are interested in, and areas where you are most gifted, are what will be your most loved thing to do for the rest of your life.