Why are there so many people failing to set goals even though they may know that setting goals is an important part of life and can greatly increase the impact and affect one might have during their lifetime? In this portion of an interview between Dale Beaumont and Lisa McInness Smith find out why people fail to set goals. Make sure you are not one of them!
At 26 years of age, Lisa set her biggest goal: to positively affect one million Australian teenagers, a goal that was to change her life. In the 8½ years it took to achieve her goal, Lisa travelled the country speaking in schools and to youth groups.
Even though most people know how important it is to have goals, why do you think so many people fail to set them?
Most people know the theory behind goal setting but their fear is sometimes greater than the excitement of the goal. Some people’s lives are run by fear – fear of failure, fear of disappointment, fear of letting people down, fear of success, fear of the unknown. Others thrive on faith, the possibility of success, of overcoming, of succeeding, of making a difference, of making a whole new pathway for themselves. It takes faith to set goals and it takes faith to fight fear.
Fear is a formidable foe; it’s entangled in our thinking, our beliefs and our thoughts about the future. Fear is what most people think they must conquer before they go after their goals. Funnily enough, goal setting is a pathway to defeating fear. Every step toward the goal pushes fear further away. Competence builds confidence and confidence leads to action. Action achieves goals.
So why is it that so many people fail to set goals?
- They don’t take the time to write them down.
- They don’t make the time to read them.
- They don’t make a plan to reach each goal.
- They don’t write down the benefits of achieving each goal.
All of these steps are easy to do so it just takes a decision to get started and a commitment to follow through.
For more of this interview and the why behind failing to set goals check out “Secrets of Inspiring Women Exposed!“