3 External Factors That Can Cost You Your Goal – Part 1

Many factors come into play in the realization of your goal. The most important ones—which can significantly impede your progress—are usually personal attributes that you must overcome.

For example, if you tend to procrastinate, your lack of action will cost you your goal. In fact, without taking action, your “goal” becomes a wish more than a goal—and that wish will probably turn into a nightmare (if you don’t do anything to make it happen).

Beyond the personal attributes that can cost you your goal, you must watch for three external factors that, if you’re not careful, will cost you your goal as well.

Although these external factors aren’t personal attributes, you’re not powerless. You can address these to ensure you give yourself the best chances of success.

I consecrate this post to the first of those 3 factors.

Lack of Support

When you contemplate the idea of launching on your journey toward a goal—especially a great goal—you may not always have all the support you wish you had. Not everybody pops a bottle of champagne in rejoicing and offers words of encouragement when you share your goal with them. In fact, some people conspire to drag you down.

That your goal excites you doesn’t guarantee it’s going to excite other people in your circle. And as if it wasn’t enough that you have to deal with people you in your circle, you may even have to suffer the “assaults” of strangers. This last point is particularly true when you pursue a bold goal. When you’re “shooting for the fence”, you attract the attention of all sorts of people, some of which won’t hesitate to “speak some sense” into you.

Some people don’t support you simply because they don’t understand why you’re going after that goal. Others simply find no interest in your goal. A group of people doesn’t support you because your goal exposes their own lack of drive. Some people have no real reason to explain their lack of support—other than the fact that they enjoy being a thorn in your side.

Lack of support can really have its toll on you and cause you to forfeit your goal.

You must mentally prepare yourself to survive the fact that some people will be indifferent to your goal and some will vehemently oppose it.

You’re responsible for the realization of the goal, no one else; it’s your goal. You must decide if the goal is important enough for you to start the journey without the accolades and the acclamation of other people, albeit loved ones.

Whom you surround yourself with matters. If anytime you set an important goal, your surroundings rally against you, you may be in the wrong circle.

Be mindful of who you share your goals with, so you don’t have to waste too much energy fighting people seeking to sink your ship.

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Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.