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From losing weight to launching a business, most of us often fail to realize our goals. In many cases, these goals are attached to lifelong dreams that we’re passionate about.

So why is it so difficult to achieve your goals?

Why do you see other people realizing their dreams right and left, while you struggle to do so? It’s not that you’re lazy. You’ve put in plenty of time, read all the goal setting books, and taken courses.  You know what to do, but you haven’t done it.

If you’re spending a lot of time and energy chasing your dreams, congratulations – you’ve taken the first step.

Obviously, you don’t mind working hard to attain a result that is valuable and important to you. What may have slowed you down on the path to realizing your dreams are the following 7 common reasons why people fail to meet important goals they have set for themselves.

1. You set goals that were impossible for you to achieve.

If you are 7 feet tall, you weigh 400 pounds and hate horses, you are never going to be a jockey. Your goals should be challenging, but actually achievable.  Don’t be afraid to dream big! Simone Biles came into this world as a child to drug-addicted parents. Look at her now!

2. You think of your goals as negative statements.

The human subconscious works on your goals. It doesn’t understand negative thoughts. If you set a goal of “not being a doormat in relationships”, your subconscious hears “being a doormat in relationships”. Write down your goals as positives, such as, “I will enjoy healthy relationships where both partners are equal.”

3. Your goals are not written down.

There are countless stories of people that achieved their goals after writing them down. Don’t underestimate the power of writing out your goals and reviewing them daily or at least weekly.  

4. You’re not measuring your progress.

If you don’t know where you’re going, and how far you’ve gone, how do you know when you get there? Break a large goal into smaller goals. Recording your progress improves your chances of success.

5. You don’t celebrate small victories.

The huge bonfire of achievement that is the accomplishment of your goals must be built up slowly. Give yourself periodic encouragement as you achieve small victories on the way to your major goal. This continually stokes the fire of your desire which gives you the willpower and determination to realize your dreams.

6. You are in an environment which is not conducive to achieving your goals.

If your family, coworkers, friends, and neighbors are not supportive of your dream achieving efforts, all your work may be for naught. The same can be said of your physical environment.  For instance, if you want to lose weight, get rid of processed foods and don’t bring them to your house. If you want to get hit a work milestone, only allow yourself to check social media at set times per day for a limited amount of time.  

7. Your goals are too vague.

Setting a goal to “be rich” will probably never be achieved. Changing that goal to “I will earn $100,000 per year as an infopreneur in the business coaching industry within 2 years” is very precise. Your achievement of this laser targeted goal is much more possible.  Now, set specific steps to get there, such as

“I will invest 50% of my revenue back into my business in the form of hiring a virtual assistant who will set up sales funnels, create and manage content, take charge of my social media, and run Facebook ads about my coaching services while I work on my courses and clients.”

Now, get to it!  At least start brainstorming and work backward.  If you need more inspiration and guidance, I suggest you purchase the following books to refer to as needed but don’t spend too much time reading about setting goals, set some and start to “Eat That Frog” today.