3 External Factors that Can Cost You Your Goal – Part 2

Yesterday, I began a 3-part series on the external factors that can cost you your goal.

External factors aren’t character traits that you may need to change—although your character traits may also cost you your goal. External factors are other elements that, if you’re not careful, can lead you to fail your goal. Thus, you must keep them in sight when setting goals.

In my previous post, I covered the first of the 3 external factors: the lack of support you sometimes face when setting a goal, in particular, a significant goal.

Let’s address the second of these external factors.

Lack of Time

If you decide to pursue a goal but don’t free up enough time to consecrate to it, you won’t reach it. To achieve your goal, you must allot time to it.

This often requires that you scratch another activity off your schedule, so you have room for the new goal.

Time is a fixed resource. You have 24 hours—just like everyone else. You can allocate those hours as you please. However, your results—and the goal you achieve—will reflect what you’ve done with your time.

Every time you add something to your schedule, you must remove something else. Perhaps your new goal chips away time from your TV and social media time. However, it may always be that easy; you may need to choose between competing goals.

Thus, you must prioritize your activities and decide which ones are more important to you and invest enough time on them.

Often, people have good intentions, but they fail to count the time investment required to reach their goal. And when it’s time to do the necessary work, they have no room on their schedule. For lack of time investment, they can’t “deliver the goods” and their goal fails.

In addition to prioritizing your activities to achieve your goal, you must also consider the timing of your goal. In fact, the timing of your goal is crucial. If the timing is off, you won’t be able to carry your goal through.

For example, if you just delivered a baby by Cesarean section (C-section), it’s probably not the right time for you to prepare to run a marathon. Maybe that will be a great goal to set in a couple of months when you’ve recovered from the operation. But right now, the timing is off.

When you set a goal, consider the investment of time it requires. Then, decide whether you can make that investment.

Every goal will come at a cost in time. You have to be prepared to pay price.

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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.