9 Personal Failings That Can Cost You Your Goal – Part 3

Your goals are important. And if you set them, it’s because you intend to achieve them. However, most often, you don’t achieve them, not because of external factors and unforeseen events—which can certainly impede the realization of your goal—but because of “personal failings”: things in your control that, if you fail to address, put your goal in jeopardy.

In this series of article, we’ve been examining 9 personal failings that can cost you your goal. So far, we’ve covered the first three:

Fuzziness (lack of clarity)
Procrastination (lack of action)
Distractions (lack of focus)

Now, I add two more failings you should address if you want to reach your goal.

Personal Failing 4: Irregularity – Lack of Consistency

Pursing goal like a car stuck in dense traffic—i.e. go and stop and go and stop and go and stop and go and stop…—is a sure way to give up on your goal before you reach it.

A lack of consistency is personal failing that can cost you your goal. Once you start your journey towards a goal, remain consistent until you reach it. Consistency builds momentum. And gaining momentum is key to achieving your goals—fast.

I’m sure you’ve experienced this. You’re working on a project and, for whatever reason, you stop working on it. When you come back to it, you feel as if you’re starting over from scratch. It would have been better not to completely stop, even if that meant continuing at a very slow pace for a little bit, at least you would have remained in motion.

Irregularity—stopping all the time—prevents you from gaining momentum. Every time you stop, you have to use up much energy to break inertia and get back in motion. When you do that too often, you end up running out of gas and being stranded on the side of the road, having to renounce your goal.

Personal Failing 5: Tiredness – Lack of Energy

The successful completion of your goal hinges on your ability to focus your energy on the action steps that move you toward your goal. Do that for long enough and you reach your goal. But if you have no energy to give those action steps because you’re physically drained, you won’t make it to your destination.

A lack of energy can cost you your goal. Achieving your goal demands energy—and lots of it.

If you have no energy to take action, it doesn’t matter how great your destination is; you’re like a sports car with no gas. You get nowhere. It’s not that you don’t want to move forward; it’s just that you don’t have enough energy to do the work that’s required.

Manage your energy wisely: use it carefully and muster as much of it as you can to invest in your goal. Take care good care of yourself so that your daily energy tank is full.

If you have a car, you know that you need but to follow a few basics to ensure it runs well for a long time (e.g. do your oil changes regularly, put the right fuel in your car, etc.).

Similarly, to ensure you operate at your best, you must focus on a few basics—which I’m sure you know very well: eat nutritious foods, drink lots of water, get enough sleep, and move your body (exercise). The basics help you keep your energy level high enough so you can take care of business.

Taking your health for granted is risky. Don’t underestimate the importance of having enough physical energy to achieve your goal. You’re not a machine. Without the proper amount of physical energy, you won’t finish the journey.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

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