29 May Why Do You Keep Failing?
In order to go from where we are now to where we want to go, we have to have a plan. If you don’t you’ll end up where you don’t want to be. In my experience, people often fail because of five things.
- They overcommit. When you’re being pulled in a thousand different directions, your attention is shattered. And, when you’re not laser-focused on your goal, you won’t be able to generate the momentum you need to move the needle.
- They aren’t being held accountable. If you don’t have an accountability partner, you won’t have that push you need to make sure you’re staying the course.
- Their “why” isn’t big enough. You must know why you are committing to a plan. Is it to better your health? Grow your business? Achieve financial freedom? Whatever it is, you must figure it out and make sure it is big enough to keep you motivated.
- They aren’t organized to execute. When you don’t have a plan or the resources in place to perform at your best, you won’t have what you need to achieve your goal. This includes setting up your environment to be ready to execute – at all times.
- They are avoiding the tough things. Often times I find that we fail at our commitments because we aren’t willing to put in the hard work. Instead of tackling the hard things that will generate the most forward progress, we keep seeking out the low hanging fruit that barely gets us going.
But, when you keep distilling down why we fail at our commitment, it becomes clear that our emotions play a significant part. In other words, we allow our emotional state or energy levels to dictate if we keep a commitment.
To prevent this, I look at my commitments ahead of time so I can mentally prepare myself and get ready to execute. Every day at 6:15am, I am setting my commitments for the day. When you break down your commitments to smaller, more short-term chunks, you’re able to get things done. For example, making the goal to lose 50 pounds over the next 4 months can seem daunting. But, when you break this down and focus on what you need to do today to make this happen, then you are able to eliminate the emotional reaction of “I can’t do this” or “I’m too tired to do this”. Just focus on one small goal each day and you’ll be amazed at the momentum you can build little by little that will snowball into BIG change!
What commitments in your life or business do you need to focus on? Pick one this week and make a plan to get it done.