In order to live a happy successful life, we must all have goals. Goals help us to focus on what needs to be done and the important things in life. The biggest enemy to achieving one’s goals is distractions. TVs, social media, procrastination, negativity, having too many projects and others are just some of the distractions that deter you from achieving your goals. In business, tolerating such kind of distractions means failure of the business. So, how do these distractions prevent us from achieving our goals and how can we overcome them?
Social media has proven to be an important tool in our lives, especially for businesses. Through social media, you connect with friends and one can advertise brands to ensure the success of their businesses. On the other hand, the use of social media can be destructive to one’s goals if not controlled. Spending a lot of time on social media platforms doing unconstructive things such as liking people’s pictures only consumes the time you would have used to cross out one of your objectives on your goal list. Before engaging in social media activities, ask yourself, is it really necessary? Will it help or prevent me from achieving my goals?
Procrastination is the thiefof time. Once you set out to achieve your goals within a specified period of time, it is good to have self-discipline and follow it to the letter. Imagine you woke up one morning and decided to tidy your room by noon only to switch on the TV and find your favorite show is on. Most people in such a situation will say “I will do it after the show”. To their surprise, another show they like follows. Eventually, it will be nightfall before you know it. As a business person or any other person, ask yourself whether the activity that is making you push your goals forward is worth it. If not, why do it? Procrastination only leads you to miss important opportunities and having regrets once the time is up.
Procrastination is like a credit card: It’s a lot of fun until you get the bill. –Christopher Parker, English Actor
One may think that negativity is not qualified as a distraction. Well, here is the sad truth. In order to achieve your goals, you ought to be optimistic. Allowing negative thoughts in your mind only brews fear, doubt and failure. To accomplish your goals avoid being pessimistic and think of success only. Avoid negative minded people or family and friends that are not supportive of your work. The moment you do this, you will look back and smile because you will have achieved your goals.
Too many projects
Mostly when dealing with business related ideas, people have too many thoughts and projects all aimed at gaining profit. Sometimes, these projects are the cause of failure. When setting your goals take time to evaluate how having too many projects will help you in the long run. If after evaluation you find that they will have a negative impact, cut off some of the project particularly those that can wait. “Rome wasn’t built in a day” so you don’t have to overwhelm yourself in trying to have so many goals to accomplish in a relatively short period of time. Accomplishing goals is about doing your best in working at a high level of quality.
It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?-Henry D. Thoreau
Involving yourself with people who fail to achieve their goals
People who fail to meet their goals normally have lost hope. Associating yourself with such people diverts your focus from the bull’s eye. If they are not helping you attain your goals, why have them around? Seek people that are like minded perhaps having a support group where you encourage one another with the goals that you have set.
These are some of the distraction and the reasons why you have failed to meet your goals. If something is standing in your way of achieving goals, shed it off.