While you may have spent a lot of time working on your goals for the next year, there are plenty of things that are going to get in your way to achieving them.
Before we go any further let’s establish the use of language here. Goals can be substituted with objectives, targets, outcomes, achievements, resolutions, aims, ambitions and any others you can think of. For the purpose of this report, the writer will use Goal.
How often have you started off the year, or next phase of your development with good intentions, and some goals of what you want to achieve, only to find that somehow you never see to achieve them? What I will cover in this article is the 9 biggest obstacles that will get in your way. I will take each one in turn and explore what is behind it, why it is there, and more importantly the action you can take to put it to one side.
What I will also do is evidence this be using the responses of a survey conducted with Sole Traders, and owners of Small and medium Enterprises (SME’s), identifying the challenges they face in the coming year.
Although there are arguably hundreds of potential obstacles, 9 appear most commonly.
1. Lack of information
2. Lack of skill
3. Limiting beliefs
4. Well being
5. Other people
6. Own motivation
Why have a Goal?
If you needed more reason do set your own goals, in a study conducted on students in the 1979 Harvard MBA program, only three percent of the graduates had written goals and plans; 13 percent had goals, but they were not in writing; and 84 percent had set no goals at all.
Ten years later, the findings revealed that 13 percent of the class who had goals were earning up to 84 percent compared to those who had not set any. For the three percent who defined their goals and wrote them down, they were earning on average, ten times as much as the other 97 percent put together.
Some set goals that are too general. These are, in reality, fantasies common to everyone. Goals, on the other hand, are clear, written, specific, and measurable.
What is a Goal?
Other names that are used, explore others use of language. Why do we have them? Different types of goal – towards/ away from.
Some goals are called away from goals. These are usually framed in the negative. Here are a few examples.
o I don’t want to smoke anymore
o I don’t want to be unfit
o I don’t want to be overweight
o I don’t want to be broke
Now let’s reframe them in the positive
o I am a non smoker
o I am fit and health
o I am at my ideal weight
o I can cover my bills
Notice the difference. They are…