4 Things That Stop You From Achieving Your Goals

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Hey pretty! Do you have a problem with your goals? Feel stuck and slowly lose your hope to achieve anything at all?

Don’t give up yet.

Making goals a reality is not easy, especially if you’ve failed multiple times before. 

But it’s just an attitude problem and if you want to solve any problem, you have to find its root cause.

If you have a problem of underachievement (also known as not getting what you want from your life), there must be something stopping you or something that makes it unnecessary hard. 

It may be things that are your own personal barriers, like:

  • Specific fears
  • Irrational beliefs
  • Low self-confidence

There may be specifics, but today I want to highlight 4 reasons that are the most common when we fail to set or execute our goals.

And just as with any problem, the first step to start achieving your goals is to understand why you’re failing.

Finding a reason will help you create an appropriate action to counter your goal underachievement problem. 

So let’s find out what’s stopping you!


4 Things That Stop You From Achieving Your Goals


1) Lack of Planning


Sometimes people think that just proclaiming a goal is enough to achieve it.

I’m going to do this and it’s gonna be lit!

But without taking the step of planning your actions towards the goal, you’re setting yourself for failure.



If your goal is just a thought, days pass and the thought comes less often… until it finally disappears.

Your goal vanishes without any beginning.

See the key here?

If you write the goal down and decide on the ways to achieve it, the thought takes a physical form. 


Physical form is so much stronger and has a bigger impact than just a thought! It creates an intention to do something about your goal and also a first real step you take towards your goal.


If you’ve missed on planning, then no wonder you’ve missed on your goals too!

A quick tip if you want to start planning your goals – it’s always easier when you have the right tools that can guide you through the process.

Check out these printable planners that are designed specifically for goal setting:

These will help you set achievable goals and track your progress.

Simply speaking, you will have a real, physical plan guiding you forward – the first step to making your dreams a reality!

Plus, it’s super clean and decluttered so not only it looks great – it keeps your attention locked on what’s important.

#Goaldigger mode activated.


2) Lack of Commitment


After making objectives, most people lack the commitment to follow up on their life goals.

We tend to postpone taking action to achieve our goals.



It’s because, obviously, we are lazy! We would rather do something else.

This happens when your goal doesn’t have a good reason why you want it.

Lack of commitment to your goal is even higher if there is no set plan on how to achieve your dreams.

3) Lack of Motivation



Some of us actually start working on achieving our goals.

The problem is that our motivation burns out pretty quickly.

People will go out, fill out a gym membership and even buy the exercise equipment but… will not attend more than one gym session.

This is the main reason why gyms are crowded in January and then gradually get emptier month by month.

The lack of motivation comes quite fast if you’re goals are unclear or you don’t want them enough.

In order to stay motivated, a goal needs to have a special meaning for you.

It is the thing that keeps your motivation burning.

Also read: 25 ways to get unstuck in your life


4) Unrealistic Goals



Many people set fantastic goals thinking they can accomplish them miraculously.

“I know it’s not how it works but I just believe that my case will be different”

This is so me! I always want things here & now and get kinda sad when everything isn’t working out as fast as I wanted.

But there are things that just need time.

You cannot plan to lose twenty pounds within a month (sad, I know) or build a business in a week.

These unrealistic expectations cause us to become discouraged when we “can’t achieve the goal”.

We start a series of negative self-talk when in reality it’s not us – just the goal set was too unrealistic.


Getting Rid Of Things That Stop You From Achieving Your Goals


If you want to achieve your goals, getting rid of the aforementioned things is essential. Here’s what you can do about them:


1) Always plan your goals before starting to work on them.


Even if it’s just a simple paper sheet, materializing your vision on paper will help you start with the right foot. A simple plan can help to break down big goals into more achievable steps, which can greatly improve your success chances.

Related: How To Start Achieving Your Goals Right Now


2) Stay committed to your goal with positive visualization.


Constantly visualizing a life with your goal achieved can help you stay committed. Instead of focusing on how much you still have to do, focus on the result you are going to get once you achieve your goal. Imagine how you would feel, on how satisfying your life would be if you achieved your goal.

Another way to stay committed is to share your goal with someone you love (or even try to achieve the same goals together). Having a commitment buddy can greatly improve your willingness to work on a particular goal.


3) Work on your motivation (constantly!).


The sad thing with motivation is that it tends to run out. This is why it’s important to constantly re-motivate yourself and keep trying new self-motivation techniques. You can try these things to keep your motivation burning:

  • Reading self-improvement books;
  • Watching motivational speeches;
  • Watching TED talks;
  • Listening to motivational podcasts;
  • Reading self improvement blogs (like the one you’re on now!)
  • Journaling daily about your goal achievement success.

Related: How to get that burning motivation to reach your goals


4) Review and revise your goals to make sure they are realistic.


Once you start working on your goal, you will soon get a feeling if your goal is too unrealistic. If that happens, don’t just drop the goal – realign, readjust and make yoru goal a tad smaller so you can keep working on it.

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I hope you’ve found a lot of great ideas on how to achieve your goals easier. There might be a lot of things that stop you from achieving your goals… But it doesn’t mean that you can’t overcome them.

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6 replies on β€œ4 Things That Stop You From Achieving Your Goalsβ€œ

  • Mind and Love

    Nice post, Amber! I often wonder why it can be so difficult for people (including myself) to remain focused on goals that we set for ourselves. There is something about the difficulty of breaking the habits that don’t serve us well and replacing them with new ones that seems to prove so difficult time after time. Thank you for sharing.


  • Ana

    You’re right on, it is so important to set goals! I love your first tip on getting that goal written down, it cements it into a real thing and holds you accountable, more than thinking about it ever could!

    • mm

      Amber @ ShineSheets

      Hello Ana,

      I’m glad you agree! Writing trully is a connection between your mind and reality, a first step to materialize anything you like. Thanks for sharing! 🌿

  • Isabella

    Woah. This is just a reminder of who I used to be. I would always have this complete project in my head convincing myself I can do it, I’m going to do it and it’s gonna be lit, just as you described lol! I always can’t come up with any plans towards the goal and surely, I was setting myself for a failure. Thank you for this article!

    • mm

      Amber @ ShineSheets

      Hi Isabella! No worries – most people have the problem of abandoning their goals πŸ‡ It’s great that we can change it! 😊

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