The 3 Biggest Roadblocks to Reaching Your Goals

I want to talk with you about goals and specifically how to reach them.

A short time ago I decided that my goal was to dunk a basketball again. I had been out of training and off a basketball court for some time. Definitely a lofty goal for a 39yr old father of three little kids. Over a period of several months, I trained in the gym and on the court, as well as ate and slept well. The results of the hard work and focus was a thunderous weak two-handed dunk on my neighbor’s hoop, that I recorded on my phone. It was an up and down process and I want to give you the three biggest things I learned along the way.

Of course the purpose of this story isn’t to brag about my dunk. (Though please don’t hesitate to ask for the video. No really.)

1. You Focus on the End Game instead of the Process.

One of the biggest reasons we see failure to reach goals is that the focus becomes the goal itself instead of what it takes to get there. If your goal is to lose 20lbs, you can’t get up every day thinking about losing weight. It’s not motivating and it surely isn’t specific. Try this. Lay out exactly what it takes to lose 20lbs. You have to lock in your diet and train four days a week. Now that’s a goal we can get behind. You will be focusing on the work it takes and you will be able to celebrate small victories along the way. It becomes all about the eating and training and before you know it, you’ve lost 20lbs.

2. Lack of commitment

We find a lot of people shooting for aggressive goals whatever they may be. Whether it’s to dunk a basketball as an old man, cut their 5k time down or lose a certain amount of weight, your chances of success are determined by your level of commitment. Change is never easy. It just isn’t. If you know that going in, then you will have a better chance of staying the course. The tough moments won’t rattle you and nothing will catch you off guard. Stay committed. Fully.

3. Underestimating the work it takes

When you decide how much work it will take to reach your goal, multiply it by five and you’ll have a good place to start. I figured that it would take me 6 to 8 weeks to get to my goal. I was only off by 6 weeks. It took twice as long. I definitely underestimated the work and it slowed my growth when the doubt and disappointment crept in. Often times we are trying to do something or get to a place that we’ve never been. So we are naturally unfamiliar with how much it takes to get there. By assuming you will need massive amounts of work, you will never be caught off guard or discouraged by your progress or the work it takes along the way. Assume that lofty goals take lofty amounts of work and focus. Massive changes take massive changes.

When you are mapping out the plan to achieve your greatest goals, remember these three tips to help you get there. We’ve learned from experiences, both personal and professional and want to make sure that you don’t make the same mistakes we did.