Over the years, as a wellness coach, I've learned that no matter what kind of goal someone is trying to reach—lose weight, reduce medication, gain more energy - there are some common mindset blocks that keep them from achieving their dreams.
Here are five of the most common reasons my clients have shared that prevented them from reaching their goals and strategies that will help you avoid them:
1. Putting their goals off until 'someday.'
Since 'someday' never appears on the calendar, you'll never accomplish your goals if you keep pushing them off. The best of intentions won't do you any good without a clear plan.
Solution: If a goal is important to you, create a timeline. Even if you can't start working on it today, at least tell yourself when you can tackle it. Whether you want to lose 10 pounds or run a marathon, stop using the word 'someday.'
2. Waiting to take action until they 'feel' ready.
If you wait until you feel ready to tackle something tough you might be waiting a long time. It's unlikely that you're going to gain a sudden burst of inspiration out of the blue.
Solution: Change your behavior first. Sometimes, the emotions change later. Take action and you may gain the ambition you need to keep going.
3. Not making your goal a priority.
It's easy to say you want to make change but to actually do the work is much different. You have to decide what kind of priority you're going to give your goal. Otherwise, your intention will get lost among all your other daily activities.
Solution: Identify one step you're going to take every day and put it in your calendar. You're more likely to go to the gym, apply for a job, or spend one hour researching your new business idea if you establish a time to do it.
4. Giving up before you see results.
Impatience is the enemy of change. And in today's digital world, most people struggle to wait for the time it takes to reach a goal.
Solution: Just because you can't see results, doesn't mean your efforts are wasted. You need to stick to your goals longer than you might think before you experience lasting change.
5. Sabotaging yourself just before the finish line.
The fear of success can be a real problem. And if you're not careful, you might sabotage yourself before you reach your goal. Perhaps you don't believe you're worthy of success or maybe, you are afraid someone is going to take it away from you.
Solution: Think about past goals you've struggled to reach or those you've failed to attain. Be honest with yourself about your feelings and be on the lookout for warning signs that you might be throwing in the towel.
Sherimane Johnson is a Vegan Chef & Transition Guide with a focus on giving personalised one-to-one coaching to help you achieve your health goals. Whether it’s to lower the dependence on medication, improve cholestrol, reduce high blood pressure or lose body fat, Sherimane's mission is to help you get there. Sherimane specializes in Plant-based Transition, Plant-based Diet and Mindfulness.