Is There a Magic Bullet to Achieving Your Goals?

Why do some people consistently achieve their goals when others who seem just as committed consistently fail to achieve their goals?

Do They Set Different Goals?

Sometimes they do.  People who consistently achieve their goals have a powerful why that propels action.  People who don’t achieve their goals frequently don’t have that powerful why.  Their goals represent things they “should do” or “it would be nice to do” not things that are incredibly important to them for compelling reasons.  It really is about the choices we make when we are setting those goals.  CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE POWER OF CHOICE

20/20 Hindsight

How often have you looked back and said “I wish I had …..” or  “If only I had …”.  We may feel frustrated as we recognize missed opportunities. There is absolutely nothing we can do to change the past.  The best that we can hope for as a result of 20/20 hindsight is the knowledge to help us avoid those mistakes going forward.    

Our circumstances today are the result of thousands and tens of thousands of small and large decisions we have made in the past.  Our today is the cumulative result of all of those choices.  Once we have extracted the lessons from the past that are meaningful today, or in the future, there is nothing to be gained by agonizing over it.  That is a waste of focus and energy that acts to compound our error resulting in us losing today also.

Dreaming for the Future

But What if They Set the Same Goals and Some Are Still Consistently Unsuccessful?

People who are accustomed to keeping commitments to themselves achieve goals consistently (assuming they set appropriate goals to begin with).  People who are constantly overwhelmed and in the habit of procrastinating are not in the habit of keeping commitments to themselves so they have already set themselves up for failure.   A huge piece of this is that those who are successful goal achievers make mindful decisions to set themselves up for success.

Do You Trust Yourself?

As honorable people we are accustomed to keeping our commitments to others.  As we do this, we built trust.  They know we are trustworthy and when we see them keeping their commitments to us, we know that they are trustworthy.  But what happens when you don’t keep your commitment to yourself?  If we fail to keep our commitments to ourselves, we are essentially teaching ourselves we are untrustworthy. Think about the hit that is to our self -esteem.

When you don’t trust yourself, what impact does that have on personal and professional relationships?  What impact does it have on achieving your goals?

Keeping commitments to yourself really is the magic bullet in accomplishing your goals.

This article has some great tips on how to learn to prioritize keeping promises to yourself.