The only way to reach a goal is to go for it. You can have a detailed vision of what you want to attain. Your plan for achieving your objective may be perfectly crafted. But unless, and until you go for it, nothing will happen.
There are numerous roadblocks that prevent you from going for it. Fear of failure is one of the biggest. Aversion to failure is ingrained in you from a very young age. Embarrassment, criticism, ridicule, condemnation, and even punishment have resulted from past failures, making you reluctant to take any action that may result in failure.
One way to avoid failure is not to go for it. If no attempt is made then failure is avoided. The flaw with this strategy is it prevents you from attaining your goals. Although you can claim you have not failed, you have not accomplished anything either.
Waiting for the right circumstances prevents you from going for it. While it is prudent to act when the situation is appropriate, rarely, if ever, will circumstances be perfect. At some point you need to move forward in order to reach your objective.
Doubt prevents you from going for it. You may doubt your abilities, your skills, your knowledge, your education, or your chances for success. Doubt causes you to feel as if you are not ready or capable of achieving your goals.
Worry bars you from going for it. You worry about all of the things that can go wrong. You worry about what will happen if there are problems. You worry about what other people will think. The list of issues you worry about is almost endless.
Your negative past experiences stop you from going for it. You project what will happen in the future based on what has already transpired. You ask yourself how something that didn’t work before can work now.
Procrastination, for whatever reason, is a roadblock to going for it. Putting off action means nothing will be accomplished. Paralysis by analysis is a type of procrastination disguised as prudence. Thinking and planning before acting is sensible. But unless you move forward through action, there will never be any results.
What’s the worst case scenario you’ll encounter if things don’t work out as planned? In reality, the worst case scenario is not as bad as you think it is. Furthermore, the worst case scenario is typically the exception. So even if things don’t turn out as planned, it won’t be as big a deal as you fear.
Failure only occurs when you give up. Avoidance of “potential failure” prevents you from succeeding. Success comes to those who continually go for it in spite of problems, obstacles, adversity, or setbacks.
Going for it starts with taking the first step. The size of your first step is not important. Taking it sets you in motion. It breaks through whatever excuse is holding you back. No one has ever attained their dreams because of excuses. Accomplishments are realized by those who go for it.
When you make a commitment to go for it, you are willing to do whatever it takes for as long as required in order to reach your destination. Children constantly utilize this approach. They don’t understand the meaning of impossible. Children have relentless tenacity. They switch from one tactic to another until they get what they want.
Identify what you really want. Make a commitment to yourself to go for it. Cut free from any excuses you have been making. Get into action. Take at least one step today. Keep your momentum going by taking one step after another. This is the way you reach your goals.
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