It’s important to set goals

If I told you that you plan for failure more than you plan for success you’d tell me I’m crazy. After all, no one likes failing and no one likes to think that what they are pouring their blood, sweat, and tears into might not work.

The problem is that most people only plan things that revolve around the idea or project itself. They fail to take into account the role they play in the process.

You sit down and start planning out your next product, blog post, book, speech, or whatever. You think of the possible things that could go wrong in terms of the project itself but you never take a moment to think about what could go wrong with YOU.

You see, most projects that fail aren’t because of a bad plan or even because of poor execution. They fail because the person in charge (you) hasn’t overcome certain barriers that are keeping you from success.

It doesn’t matter how great your idea is, if your mindset and habits aren’t right then you’ll find a way to screw it all up.

Here are the 24 most common challenges you have to overcome to achieve success in anything you do:

  1. Procrastination

  2. You put things off until a better time but the truth is now is always the best time.

  3. Fear

  4. You fear taking risk, trying something new, and of course you fear failure.

  5. Indecision

  6. Not knowing exactly what you want from you business or life will lead to failure.

  7. Chaos

  8. You can’t achieve success if your life and business are full of confusion and disorder.

  9. Waste

  10. Get out of the habit of wasting resources, time, and of course, money.

  11. Lack of self-belief

  12. If you don’t think you can succeed, don’t expect anyone else to either.

  13. Failure to recognize opportunities

  14. You must always be ready to jump on opportunities if they are going to help you grow.

  15. Failure to use imagination

  16. Creativity goes a long way. Never be afraid to use it.

  17. Bad personality

  18. If no one likes you or likes being around you then no one will want to help you succeed.

  19. Anxiety

  20. The habit of worrying and stressing over everything will cloud your focus & judgment.

  21. Scattered Focus

  22. Bouncing from one idea to another is a great way to never launch anything.

  23. Weak Desire To Succeed

  24. Unsuccessful people hope for success while successful people having a burning desire for it.

If you want your business, projects, ideas, and most important, your results to improve then it starts with you. The more you improve, the more everything else in your world will improve as well.

I find the best thing to do to get anything done is write a list. It sound stodgy. It sounds like a chore, just something else you need to get done in your busy day. But the simple fact is, writing down your goals works.

Putting pen to paper means that you bring forth a thought, an action, a proposal into this world. It’s out of your mind, into the three dimensional aspects of reality that you can see and touch. By writing a goal down means you are giving it purpose. You’re bringing it into the forefront of your mind.

You’re making it important enough to action. It’s a priority amongst all the other things you have to get done during your day. In effect, you’re stating that your goal is more important than all the other things you don’t write down.

Of course it’s more important. This is your book - your baby - we’re talking about here. It’s more important than dusting the cabinet or vacuuming the floor. By writing a goal down, you are overcoming procrastination, you’re giving your day order, you reduce anxiety. All of the self- limiting negative thoughts stated above can be overcome by writing down a goal.

If you’re overcome with the enormity of writing a whole book, then relax. You don’t have to do it all at once. In fact, not many people end up with a 60,000 word masterpiece at the end of the day! It takes months for a professional writer to do that. The simple fact is, that those people started somewhere, just like you now.

All you have to do at the start of any project is to make a start, but make it achievable. If you’re not up to writing 2,000 words a day, don’t put yourself under pressure to write 2,000 words a day. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Don’t let yourself get in your own way.

Start small. Start with what you can manage. If you’re uncertain about writing craft, read some ‘how to write books’. Read a chapter a day. Then, if you’re confident, start writing 200 words a day and slowly build it up from there.

By writing down a goal, you make it actionable. You get rid of the negative mind speak. You limit the self-limiting talk you go through when you mull things over in your mind that ultimately stop you. There is a list in black and white you have just written. Just get it done. Don’t overthink it.

At the end of the week, you’ll see how much you have achieved! So much more than if you hadn’t written your goal and achieved nothing. Nothing makes you feel worse than not making something you really want do a priority. That feeling of dissatisfaction will build until it is unsurmountable. Don’t do that to yourself.

You’re worth much more than a feeling of self-limitation. By giving a goal priority, you’re giving yourself priority. You’re giving yourself a green light to start something great.

Start plotting, start building your characters, discover who they will be and what personalities they will have, what they will look like. Build your world. Draw pictures, Find images on Google images. Make a scrapbook. Get excited.

It doesn't matter how small it is. Just make that start. That’s the important thing.

Don’t lose momentum. If you have started, then keep going and don’t lose focus. Write down your goal every day when you’re fresh in the morning. You have a whole day to achieve it. By achieving a little bit every day, you’ll soon see how your book will build. And it will build quickly!

By writing your goals down and then doing them, you’re not thinking about all of the things that you might do and feel that will stop yourself achieving what it is you really want to do. Don’t let yourself down

And of course, there’s nothing better than ticking off goal you’ve achieved. It makes you feel good. Good enough, that you’re going to do it the next day, and the day after that.

Then you can tick off bigger goals because you’ve worked your way through the smaller ones that no longer seem as arduous as they did before.

Of course, if you don’t get your goal completed for the day, don’t beat yourself up. Life happens! However don’t let yourself lose momentum. Pick it up the next day and keep going. You’ll soon fall into a habit of writing.

I have worksheets on my web site you can download for free. Use them to list your writing goals and see how far you can go each day, each week. You never know until you give it a go! Take it from me, if I didn’t chip away at writing everyday, I wouldn’t have written 20 novels and counting. A little will quickly build into a lot! See for yourself.

Good luck. Xxx

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