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Don't Let Fear Keep You from Reaching Your Goals

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 3:19pm | by Helen Hoart

Often, we set goals but something happens and we never reach the goals we set. Why is that?

The easy part is setting the goals—whether they’re personal (I’ll get more exercise) or professional (I’ll move up the next rung at work).

But what happens after we set our goals?

First, to achieve our goals we have to be very specific about them. To get more exercise is admirable but unless you explicitly state how/when you’re going to do this, it remains too theoretical. Instead, be specific. (I’ll go to the gym three times a week and work out for an hour. I’ll take the training course that will allow me to apply for the senior marketing position.)

Second, we get distracted. That’s why I recommend telling someone about your goal. Further give them permission to ask how you’re doing in achieving that goal.  If you’re lucky, you have a personal or business mentor in your life.  This person can help you stay on track. If you don’t have such a person in your life, look around and see if there’s someone who can fill that role.

Don't let fear undermine you

Third, we’re afraid. This is a biggy!  We’re afraid to try to reach that next rung. We’re afraid because we might fail.  So instead of facing failure we come up with distractions and excuses about why we’re not moving forward. Fear is possibly the biggest obstacle to getting to where we want to go.

But don’t get stuck in the rut of making goals and never achieving them. Instead, make one goal, tell someone else what your goal is, set out the steps to achieve it and BE FEARLESS.


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