For some, the fear of failure is so overwhelming that it prevents them from ever attempting to accomplish their goals. Instead of chasing their dreams and living the life they’ve wished for, some just rather not try out of sheer fear that they would fail.
Inc. Magazine has released the five reasons why people fail and how to break through those barriers to help you reach your goals:
- Uninspiring Goals: Most people set a goal like making a million dollars, buying that Mercedes you’ve had your eye on, or landing a dream promotion, but these goals are not what you’re really seeking to achieve. Most people want the positive motions that you believe that these goals will produce, not the actual tangible object. Instead, imagine how you will feel when you achieve that goal. That motivation will propel you to achieve your goals.
- Fear of Failure: Just the sheer fear of failure can stop you in your tracks before you can ever get started. Instead, resolve to be happy no matter what happens and focus on the positives, rather than the negatives. Yes, everything could turn out for the worse but it could also turn out for the best and change your life. You’ll never know unless you try.
- Fear of Success: Believe it or not, people have as much fear of success as failure. Between the potential of becoming extremely wealthy, the money not making you happy, the fear of losing it all, and losing your friends due to your new found success, it can cause some people to self-sabotage. Instead, just resolve to be happy and grateful for what you have no matter what happens. True friends will always stay by your side and because of your success you’ll have the opportunity to help them realize their dreams as well.
- Unrealistic Timelines: Many people create a timetable for achieving their goals that either is a huge overestimate or an extreme underestimate. This causes people to cram too much in a small time frame, burning themselves out, and dragging out tasks that ultimately lead to a loss of momentum. Instead, list the activities and steps required to achieve a goal, schedule only the 20% of the activities that will produce 80% of your results.
- “Dry Spots:” We all hit dry patches or plateaus, and when you experience one of these it can seem like nothing you do is getting you closer to your goals. Some people even use these dry spells as reasons to give up. Instead, use it as a sign that you’re on the brink of something wonderful. If you stick to your plan and keep working towards your goal, you’ll eventually achieve it!