5 Reason People Fail (& What to Do Instead)

Barriers to success are inevitable, but they’re easier to overcome when you acknowledge them. So why is it that some people succeed when they encounter barriers while others fail? Sales Source columnist Geoffery James thinks that it’s because the successful are able to manage barriers. Here, he looks at five barriers and how to overcome them:

1. Uninspiring Goals
People tend to envision a “thing” when they set a goal, like money, an object, or a certain achievement. However, goals such as these don’t lend themselves to the core of what inspires you. They miss the point—what you’re seeking are positive emotions in what you do and produce.

Fix: Instead on envisioning a “thing” as your goal, envision how you’ll feel. You’ll be much more inspired to do whatever it takes to achieve your goal.

2. Fear of Failure
Being scared to fail means you won’t take the necessary and inevitable risks to achieve your goal.

Fix: Decide that failure is a temporary condition. Things aren’t always going to go according to plan, but setbacks are an unavoidable (yet vital) part in your journey.

3. Fear of Success
This is oftentimes more debilitating than the fear of failure. Let’s say you imagine achieving your goal, but it doesn’t make you happy. What then? These are the kinds of common thoughts that can cause you to self-sabotage.

Fix: Buy into the fact that you’re going to be happy and content today and in the future, no matter what happens. Don’t focus on possible dilemmas, instead envision how awesome it would be to use your experience to help someone else achieve their goals.

4. An Unrealistic Timetable
It’s common for people to overestimate what they can get done in a week, and underestimate what they can do in a year. This leads to people trying to do way too much in the short term rather than spacing out their activities. Not being able to get all the short-term things done creates discouragement that the final goal is slipping away.

Fix: As you list out all the steps required to achieve your goal, schedule only the 20% of activities that will produce 80% of your results. After that, set long-term timetables.

5. Worrying About “Dry Spots”
It’s easy to feel discouraged when you reach a point where nothing you’re doing seems to be moving you toward your goal.

Fix: Whenever you reach a plateau, it’s a time to celebrate—not give up. Plateaus and dry spots are almost always a sign that you’re on the edge of a huge breakthrough, just be patient and stick with it!