The Biggest Obstacle to Your Personal Goals

To achieve a personal goal, you must take a set of actions that will lead you in the right direction so that you can reach your desired destination. If you don’t take the right set of actions, you don’t reach your destination.

Thus, many of your personal goals demand that you make adjustments in your life. More specifically, they require that you adopt new habits.

For example, if your personal goal is to lose 20 lbs before the end of the year, this goal requires that you adopt new eating habits and new exercising habits. If your personal goal is to write a book in the next six months, this goal requires that you develop the habit of daily writing.

Now, if you refuse to adopt good eating habits and to exercise regularly, you’re unlikely to reach your personal goal of losing 20 lbs by your deadline. Likewise, if you refuse to sit down and write regularly, you won’t write your book in the next six months.

Here’s the deal. The biggest obstacle to your personal goals is “your habits”. When it comes to achieving your goals, your habits really do make or break you. Good intentions don’t achieve goals; consistent actions do. And in the world of “consistent action”, habits rule as “king”.

Therefore, to reach your personal goals, your habits must support your goals. The corollary of this is: you must let go of any habit that doesn’t support your goals. If you develop habits that support your goal, you’re almost guaranteed to accomplish your goal.

Habits are behaviors (actions) you perform consistently, often, without even thinking about it (i.e. automatically). They are extremely powerful. And you must leverage their power to reach your goals.

Now, the faster you adopt and develop the right habits for your goal, the faster you reach your goal. Conversely, the longer you wait to change, the longer you delay the achievement of your goal.

In light of this, when you set a personal goal, identify the habits you must form (and those you must break) to reach your destination. Of course, this requires work. Plus, you can’t delegate that work (i.e.changing your habits). Others may help you on your journey, but you must do “the work”. And when you do, you reap the benefits a hundredfold.

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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.