3 Common Mistakes Stopping You From Reaching Your Goals

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Have you ever tried to achieve a goal but failed?

We’ve all been there.

We decide we really want something and come up with a plan of action as to how we are going to get it and then…


Despite all our good intentions and solid planning for whatever reason, we don’t take action.

If you’re struggling with reaching your goals, take some time to dig deeper and build self-awareness so you become clear on what it is you truly want. Align it with what motivates you and break it into small, manageable steps. It takes a small change today to see a big change tomorrow.

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You don’t actually want what you think you want

Yes, you read that right! So often we think we want something but we actually don’t. We spend so much of our time working on goals we think we SHOULD want because our friends have done it or our parents think we should want it. This is especially true at work when our leader or manager tells us we should want something.

Before we know it, we’re heading down a path we really didn’t want all because someone told us we should. When we set goals that we actually want then taking steps towards them becomes exciting and energizing instead of demotivating and frustrating.


Your goal isn’t aligned with your values

Our values are what are important to us and they impact EVERYTHING.

For example, if spending time with people is important to you and you set yourself a goal to study for a qualification every night after work (meaning you have to give up your social time), your goal doesn’t align with your value of people and therefore you will find it challenging to achieve. This applies to reaching your goals in business, too.


Your goal is too big

I’m not saying don’t shoot for the stars, you absolutely should! But, once you know where you’re going, you need to break your journey down into more manageable chunks so you are able to see what your next move should be.

Imagine you’re using a GPS navigation; you don’t go straight from home to your final destination; you take it one direction at a time. The same applies to good goal setting. And don’t forget to check-in with your progress! Keeping on track helps build momentum and shows distance traveled, which can provide a sense of satisfaction and achievement.

Now that you understand a little more about why you might not be taking action towards your goals, what changes will you make in order to increase your success rate?

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About the Author

Stacey O'Callaghan

Stacey O’Callaghan

Life Coach

Hi, I’m Stacey and I’ve spent 12 years helping people take back control. Working with me goes beyond the goal we’re working on. It provides the opportunity for mindset growth and transformational change.

I use distinction accredited psychological techniques to achieve these results and empower people to own and adjust their behavior so they can achieve their own definition of thriving. With my help, you form a clear vision of what thriving means for you whether that be at work or in your personal life, and we create an action plan outlining how to achieve it. To book a consultation with SJS Coaching Services, visit www.sjscoachingservices.com/consultations

This article was re-posted with permission from the author, Stacey O’Callaghan, at SJS Coaching.

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