To set your goals in life is to understand the importance of hard work and the need to fight procrastination. Procrastination can manifest in many ways. It is when you are blatantly putting something off. Or, it is when you find yourself unable to achieve and set your goals due to a lack of follow through. This week, I want you to understand WHY one is unable to follow through on goals, and help you avoid procrastination.
Set Your Goals: 7 Reasons Why People Procrastinate
1. Lack of Motivation
You can’t get started, or you give up easily. This is one of the hardest challenges to overcome when setting your goals. You have to have something to look forward to and something that inspires you to feel motivated.
To overcome this: Remind yourself, “This is my goal. I want to do this because ___.” Repeat the benefit gained by reaching this goal. If it applies, repeat either the bad things that happen for not reaching the goal or the good things that won’t happen for missing the goal.
2. You Don’t Know How to the Achieve Goal
You need additional skills, tools, or other resources. Sometimes you will need to seek out guidance on how to begin too. It can be a close friend or a family member, whoever you feel comfortable with.
To overcome this: Take advantage of your network. Teachers can be a good source of knowledge and resource needed for reaching a goal. Your A and B Teams will also be a great resource for help when you need it.
3. The Overwhelming Size of a Goal
The goal is so big you don’t know where or how to start. This is where you feel your goal is impossible to achieve. That’s why you have to start with small, achievable tasks.
To overcome this: A BIG goal needs to be broken down into small doable pieces. Every single piece should be small enough that they have no doubt about being able to do it.
4. Fear of Failure
This can cause you to freeze and prevent further action. Also, when you decide to set your goals, failures are the most impactful factors you’ll ever think of. Stop worrying about failures and any problem, and start setting your goals right. While there is no certainty of success, you can always hope for the best and don’t let the fear of failure stop you.
To overcome this: Redefine failure when you set your goals by redefining what you’re trying to achieve. Include learning something new as part of your goal and you’ll never really “fail”. Because with every experience, there is something to be learned. A winner is a loser who tried one more time.
5. Discouragement by Peer Pressure
If others make fun of you or criticize your goal, it will be very hard for you to stay with it. This is why it’s crucial to stay focused regardless of your peers’ opinions.
To overcome this: Ask yourself, “Is this person, my friend? Do they really know me?”
If the answer is NO – ignore them. They are not part of your A or B team.
If the answer is YES – listen to them. Are the criticisms accurate? If they are, review the goal; maybe adjustments are needed, like how high the aim, or how quick to reach the goal. If the criticism is not accurate, keep your goal as it.
6. Can’t Find the Time
Either you are too busy, or this is the excuse you use. You can always make time for the things that matter, right? To overcome this, you have to make your goals a priority.
To overcome this: Examine your schedule and goals. Are you being overly ambitious? Maybe one or two goals should be put “on hold” for a while.
This week, use the worksheet below to evaluate 3 of your current goals that you are procrastinating on because of your inability to follow through. Then, evaluate WHY you think this is.
7. Lack of Confidence
Believing in yourself is the best effort you can make to set your goals the right way. If you’re not a believer in your ability to accomplish something, then how would other people believe and support you too? Start thinking positive about yourself and the rest will follow.
To overcome this: Practice communicating with other people. You can start gaining self-confidence by making it a habit to talk to yourself in front of the mirror. Take note of your body language. Get rid of awkwardness as you start trusting your yourself.
To further understand the key to setting and achieving your goals, watch this video from Tedx Talks channel:
When you set your goals properly, you’ll know the list of priorities you have. And while fighting procrastination is a challenge for anyone who’s been experiencing any or all the listed items above, working to better yourself is always a good way to start when setting your goals.
How do keep your goals aligned? Share your tips in the comments section below. We’d love to know.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on May 15, 2018 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.