Are you struggling to take action on your goals? Do you feel like you’re stuck in a rut, not sure how to get started? You’re not alone. A lot of people find it difficult to take action and get started on their goals.
The good news is that there are ways to overcome this obstacle and start taking action. In this blog post, I will share some tips on how to stop being lazy and take action toward your goals.
I’ll share some of the most common excuses people give for not taking action and some tips on how to overcome those roadblocks. I’ll also share some advice about scheduling your tasks, the best way to make progress on your goals each day, and more.
Without further ado, let’s get started.
How To Stop Being Lazy & Take Action Toward Your Goals
It’s one thing to come up with a goal; it’s another thing entirely to take action on that goal. We all know the saying “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” The main challenge is taking that first step, but once you get started it becomes much easier to keep going.
So why do so many people struggle with getting started? Well…
#1 We Experience Self-Doubt And Fear Of Failure
Self-doubt and fear of failure are two obstacles that hold us back from taking action on our goals. These two issues can actually work together to cause significant problems for us. Self-doubt and fear of failure both stem from a lack of confidence, which is something we need in order to be successful.
For example, I’ve had many people tell me they feel as though they are not smart enough to reach their goals. “I’m just not that smart,” is something I hear quite often with this type of mindset.
This self-doubt holds them back from taking action because if they don’t think they can accomplish their goal, what’s the point in starting?
Another example of self-doubt is when someone has fears about what will happen if they fail. This fear of failure can be paralyzing because they constantly think about how bad it would be to fall short of their goal.
Self-doubt and fear of failure are like twin brothers; one always follows the other. When we don’t believe in ourselves and our abilities, we become scared to take action. And then when we fail to take action, we feel even more doubtful about ourselves and what we can accomplish.
So how do you overcome these twin obstacles and start taking action on your goals? I have a few steps for you:
Step 1: Start With The End In Mind
We all know that it is a lot easier to stay motivated when we have a clear goal in mind. Setting a vision for yourself can help combat self-doubt and fear of failure because you’ll have something positive to work toward. This vision will be your motivation during times when you struggle or feel lost.
Step 2: Create A Plan
It’s very easy to say, “I want to lose weight.” But creating a plan can help you stick with your goals by giving them detail. When you have a good idea of what needs to be done in order to achieve something, it becomes much easier to stay motivated when the going gets tough.
Step 3: Start Small And Stay Consistent
Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to take on too much at once. Start with something small and do it daily or weekly until it becomes a habit, and then slowly add more tasks to your routine as you feel comfortable doing so. For example, if your goal is to get in shape, commit yourself to doing ten minutes of exercise every day. Then once you are comfortable with daily exercise, increase it to thirty minutes a day for five days per week.
Step 4: Don’t Compare Your Progress To Others
Comparing yourself to others is the fastest way to kill your self-esteem and motivation. Not only that, but you’ll also begin to feel as though your actions are meaningless because everyone else is achieving their goals much faster than you.
Every person’s journey is different, so don’t compare yourself to others. It doesn’t matter if someone else has already accomplished what you want to accomplish; it only matters that you are moving closer to where you want to be.
So, if your goal is to lose weight, don’t feel discouraged when someone else reaches their goal much faster than you. Maybe they were more overweight than you and needed less time to see the results they desired, or maybe they had a great workout routine that helped them shed the pounds quickly.
The most important thing is that you are taking positive steps toward your goal every day, and the only person standing in the way of you getting there is yourself.
Step 5: Don’t Make Excuses As To Why You Can’t Achieve Your Goals
Excuses are nothing more than lies we tell ourselves in order to make ourselves feel better.
We tell them to hide our true feelings of regret, sadness, and uncertainty about the future. And most importantly they are used in order to protect our ego in case we fail in reaching our goals.
If you set a goal for yourself but then sit around all day making excuses as to why you can’t achieve it, then you are merely tricking yourself into believing that you don’t really want to accomplish your goal.
There is only one way to overcome this obstacle: stop making excuses as to why you can’t do something and do it! Stop looking for the easy way out and start giving your dreams a fighting chance.
Step 6: Success Leaves Clues
We all like to believe that we are special and unique individuals who accomplish extraordinary things, even though really it’s nothing more than a delusion created by our ego to protect us from feeling as though we’re just average people. The truth is that many of the goals you have been striving to achieve have been reached by other people before you.
In the film “The Secret,” a woman named Lisa Nichols shares a story of how she was challenged with losing weight and getting in shape, but hadn’t had any success until a friend told her that her role model was an Olympic swimmer who hadn’t eaten anything but fish and vegetables for the past fifteen years.
So, Lisa Nichols went to a bookstore and found “Swim With The Dolphins” by Karen Pelton, which inspired her to change her life in order to get the results she desired.
When you set out on your journey toward achieving your goals, make sure that you don’t just take into account what you think might work for you, but also study how other people achieved similar results.
Don’t get discouraged if someone else reached their goal before you; instead, use their story as motivation and inspiration to help yourself reach your goals faster.
Step 7: Surround Yourself With Positive People
There is an epidemic among people who are trying to achieve their goals, and the problem is that they have a scarcity mindset. They think that there aren’t enough positive people out there for them to befriend and connect with, so they just focus on their daily lives of going to work or school and then go home and spend time alone watching TV until they begin their daily routines all over again the next day.
However, these people are missing out on an opportunity to improve their lives by surrounding themselves with positive people who are striving toward the same goals as them. People who are trying to lose weight don’t need to find other people who are overweight in order to motivate them; instead, they need to find people who are in shape and actively trying to improve their lives by losing weight.
Finding these types of people isn’t all that difficult nowadays, because most social networks have created pages of people who share similar interests as you do. If you want to be motivated toward reaching your fitness goals then search for Facebook groups or pages that share information and tips about how to reach those goals.
If you’re trying to lose weight then search for Facebook groups or pages that will allow you to connect with people who are also trying to lose weight. That way, whenever you feel like quitting or giving up, then all you have to do is log into social media and read the posts of other people reaching their goals in order to motivate yourself toward reaching your goal, too.
Step 8: Have Faith In Yourself
People who are successful at achieving their goals haven’t accomplished anything special; they simply had more faith in themselves than others did. It doesn’t matter whether or not you are religious; faith is the belief that something will happen without any evidence that it will.
When people set out to achieve their goals, they often think about how much better their lives will be once they reach them, but they don’t understand that it’s the process of reaching their goals that gives them the fulfillment they were looking for in the first place.
For example, let’s say that your goal is to lose weight and you believe that once you reach it then your life will be perfect. What people often forget is that their lives were perfectly fine before they wanted to lose weight, so there is no reason why having lost weight will change anything except for their physical appearance. What they don’t understand is that the process of losing weight is what makes them happier, not reaching their goal itself.
If you want to be successful at anything then you need to have faith in yourself and believe that your life will improve everyday along with your results; otherwise, you won’t be motivated enough to see your goals all the way through.
Step 9: Analyze Your Results Every Day
Several studies have shown that people who are successful at losing weight or reaching any other goal take the time to look back at their results every day, so that they can immediately see if they’re progressing toward their goal. By doing this people are able to monitor their progress and be motivated enough to keep pushing toward their goal.
If you’re trying to lose weight then you need to take the time every day and look back at your results until you start seeing a downward trend in weight; if not, then that means that something is off and you need to analyze exactly what it is. Is your calorie count too high? Are you not exercising enough? Or are you eating more carbs than usual?
If these questions don’t help then you need to analyze every aspect of your life and figure out exactly what it is that’s stopping or slowing down your progress. Once you do figure it out then you can take the necessary steps to fix your problem, whether it be getting more exercise or eating less carbs.
Step 10: Think About Your Goals Continually
People who are successful at reaching their goals have something that other people don’t have, and that thing is dedication. It doesn’t matter what your goals are, because in order to finish them you need to be dedicated and willing to do anything it takes. For example, if you want to lose weight then you have to constantly think about why you wanted to lose weight in the first place and what your ultimate goal is.
People who are successful at losing weight didn’t just wake up one day and decide that they wanted to lose weight. They’ve been thinking about it for a long time, they just finally decided to take the steps necessary in order to achieve their goal.
By having this kind of dedication people are able to find all of the motivation they need in order to reach their goal; there is no reason why you can’t be just as successful.
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Step 11: Do Whatever It Takes To Reach Your Goals
Everyone has a limit to what they’re capable of, and it doesn’t matter whether or not you think that your limit is low or high because we all have one. The only difference between people who achieve their goals and those who don’t is that those who do aren’t afraid to go beyond their limit in order to reach it.
As long as you stop yourself before you go too far then there’s nothing wrong with pushing yourself to your absolute limit; if you don’t usually take risks then now is the time to start. Think about it like this: if you want something bad enough, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t go after it with everything that you have!
Step 12: Don’t Let Anyone Stop You From Reaching Your Goals
People who fail to reach their goals have one thing in common: they let other people stop them from reaching it. This could be a friend, a co-worker or even a family member, but the bottom line is that you need to ignore everyone and everything except for yourself if you want to succeed at anything.
Letting others influence you is a sure way to kill your motivation and bring your chances of reaching your goal down to zero; you need to find inner-strength and motivation if you want to reach your goal, because there will always be people who try to hold you back.
After all, if everyone was trying to stop someone from reaching their goals then eventually the only people who would be successful are the people without any goals, and that’s not what you’re here for. Now get out there and let no one stop you from reaching your goal.