Lack of time, willpower and fuzzy boundaries are the 3 biggest reasons most people don’t achieve their goals. Overcome these barriers to success by knowing how to prepare for them before they sabotage your success.
Let’s explore each of these barriers and discuss some simple tips you can implement today to overcome the barriers that are standing between you and the success you deserve.
Lack of Time
Lack of time is the #1 reason people don’t achieve their goals. I get it, life happens. Emergencies come up. And sometimes you will get off course. But if “lack of time” is a recurring theme for you (if you use that excuse more than once or twice a month) I’ve got news for you: It’s not time that is the problem, it’s the way you’re managing your time.
Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day, yet some get much more accomplished than others. Why? Because some have better time management skills. They are proactive with their time rather than reactive. In other words, when you take control of your calendar by planning out your days in advance—and scheduling your priorities first—you will be more efficient, productive and successful.
Get into the habit of blocking time on your calendar each day to work on the tasks that will move you closer to your goals.
Lack of time is the #1 reason people don’t achieve their goals.
Lack of Willpower
Willpower is a finite resource. Science has shown that we wake up each morning with a limited supply of energy (which fuels willpower). Each decision we make during the day, uses up a little of that willpower. By the end of the day, when our energy is running low, our brains shift to “conservation mode” which means it will resort to choosing the path of least resistance (or the easy, comfortable, lazy option) rather than the option that will help you achieve your goals.
Ever wonder why late night commercials are mostly food and psychic hotlines? When you’re willpower is low, you’re more likely to do what’s easy rather than what’s right.
By scheduling your most important goal-oriented tasks first thing in the morning—before your willpower is depleted—not only will you be one day closer to achieving your goal (rather than one day behind), you’ll also start the day feeling accomplished which will trigger the release of dopamine, which increases motivation and propels you into action for a highly productive day.
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Lack of Boundaries
It’s one thing to block time on your calendar to work on your top priorities, but if you allow other people to invade that time, you won’t get much done. It’s important to set (and enforce) boundaries around your most sacred blocks of time.
For instance try scheduling a daily Power Hour—where you eliminate distractions and are unavailable to the outside world— to focus on your most important tasks.
These tweaks may seem small, but the results you’ll will be big. Really big. Huge, in fact! Try it for yourself and you’ll see what I mean. 🙂
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