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3 Reasons We Often Fail To Achieve Our Goals

Here’s why most people don’t achieve their goals…

I’ve just been having a conversation with a new client who was pretty frustrated with why they’re not achieving the goals and the outcomes that they want.


They’re very intelligent, they know what they want, they know what they should and shouldn’t be doing, but there’s this immense frustration that they’re not doing it.

I want to share with you today, 3 common reasons we often struggle to achieve the goals and the outcomes that we want to make, whatever that might be, whatever change or transformational goal you want to accomplish.

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We often find ourselves in a place where we feel held back, or stuck, or not doing what’s necessary to make it happen.

Firstly, the main reason why so many people don’t achieve their goals is we often spend too much time focused on the things that we don’t want.

The way the mind works is we get more of what I think about, we get more of what we focus on, so if we keep thinking and talking about what we don’t want, we’re training our mind to keep doing those very things we don’t want to be doing.

So, you need to get clear on what you don’t want, but then you need to spend more time focusing on what you actually do want and help train your mind and your actions to go in that direction.

The second reason we often fail to achieve our goals is  we often find ourselves running to out of date programming.

Our feelings, our beliefs, our attitudes, our habits, our behaviours, are either moving us towards what we want, or further away from it.

Intellectually we may know what we want, but we find ourselves stuck or sabotaging our efforts because we’ve been programmed, or we’ve programmed ourselves to do something else.

For example, if somebody is looking to lose weight, they’ve probably got themselves into some bad eating habits, or they’re not as motivated to exercise, or be active.

So consciously they want to make sone changes, they know what they want to achieve, but their habits and their behaviours, their current programming is out date.

So, if you want to change or achieve something and you feel held back, you may need to look at your subconscious programming.  Think of your mind like your phone, you often get prompts to select a software update.  It’s not that your current software is right or wrong, it’s just become out of date.  And your mind is the same, for your mind to perform and function how you want it to, it just needs an update.

Have a think about your habits, your thought patterns, are they aligned with what you want to achieve.

If they are, great and if they’re not, it may be that you just need to get a shift and make some changes to help you to reprogram your mind for where you are in your life now.

The third reason I see people struggling to achieve their goals, is due to the lack of action in the right direction.

These are all linked together, because sometimes our habits and our behaviours, the actions we take are moving us towards the things that we used to do, or the things that we don’t want anymore, due to focusing on what we don’t want too much, or due to out of date programming.

It’s important and all very well getting clear on what you want, but you then have to do something about it, you then have to take action towards making it happen!

If there’s something that you want to change to achieve or accomplish, ask yourself if you are you taking action towards it, or away from it?

Be aware of where your actions are taking you, then you can look at what you can do to help make it happen.

Simply ask yourself, “what’s the one best thing I can do next, which will move me towards achieving the outcome that I want?”

That’s the 3 common reasons why most people struggle and fail to achieve their goals and the outcomes we want.

Let me know in the comments, if you struggle with any of these and if you’ve got any questions, let me know.

And remember, what your mind believes you will achieve, allow yourself to think differently, to believe in yourself, to take action and you can achieve the life and the goals that you want.

Go on, make it happen, you can do it!

All the best

Mindset Coach


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