When Goals Don’t Work


Why do some people succeed in reaching their goals and others fail?  There are many reasons including not knowing how to set goals, the goals are not specific, achievable, measurable, or they quit too soon.  Let’s assume though, that you know how to set goals and have clearly defined the results. Why then, do you sometimes not succeed? It could be that you have the wrong goal, or are missing a burning desire to have it.  Maybe you believe you can’t reach it.  If you stop short before you arrive, only you are responsible for not getting what you want.

The key components to success are that you must have a PASSIONATE PURPOSE, the BELIEF that you can have it and a PLAN that you persistently act upon.

Passionate Purpose

Purpose is the starting point from which you begin: knowing what you want and having a burning desire to have it.  Thomas Edison failed ten thousand times in his vision that a lamp could be operated by electricity.  The impulse of strong desire does not accept the word impossible.


No one is ready for anything until they believe they can have it.  The state of mind must be belief, not mere hoping or wishing.  Napoleon Hill in his book Think and Grow Rich says, “No more effort is required to aim high in life, to demand abundance and prosperity, than is required to accept misery and poverty.”  Belief is the starting point of all you desire.

Persistence to Action

To bring goals to achievement, you must take responsibility for the results by taking action.  Unfortunately, many people dream the dream, even write it down, but fail to act consistently and persistently on it.  If you neglect to make the start, or stop before you arrive, no one is to blame but you.

It is at this point that many of us create alibis, all the reasons we can’t or won’t take action.  It takes self-discipline and habit.  If there is something wrong with your plan, don’t quit, change the plan and keep the goal in focus.

What is holding you back from achieving your goals?

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