Gugu Mofokeng

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7 Signs That You’re Not Ready To Achieve Your Goals

Success Mindset

May 22, 2017

The mind blocks and hacks I’m sharing today have helped me and many others to achieve big goals. They are basically how productive people naturally live or don’t live their lives. Please take note that as helpful as these 7 hacks are, they are only outward habits. The more important part is to create change on the inner and deeper level; your subconscious mind, which is the driver of behaviour.

To put a stop to non-achievement, you’ve got to attack counter-productive behaviours at source – your unconscious thoughts, beliefs, attitudes & behaviours. Here are the characteristics of non-achievers and what to do about them.


You’re A Serial Planner

Stop your perpetual planning & act! The greatest hallmark of a procrastinator is endless planning. Planning is good, but it has to give way to implementation and then completion. Serial planners never progress past planning stages. They never get anything done.

When, deep down in your subconscious mind, you’re not looking forward to a task, you will keep planning to the point of confusion about the right way to do it. The best way to do it is just to do it. Even if you’re not exactly clear on how you’ll do it, starting enables creative ideas to flow into your mind. Before an airplane can take off, it first has to gain momentum on the runway. Just start – even if you have no clue. You’ll be surprised how everything you need will be given to you! Inspiration usually comes as you act, not while still planning.


You’re Easily Distracted

Ruthlessly get rid of distractions. To get yourself to focus on the task at hand, this is what you can do:

    • Avoid mindless web browsing.
    • Stop checking social media all the times. Have set social media times and stick to them.
    • Get out of your inbox and stop looking at unimportant e-mails.
    • Stop excessive chatting on the phone. If possible, avoid your phone altogether by switching it off or leaving it in another room until you’ve finished the task.
    • Switch off the TV.
    • If necessary, lock your door!

It sounds extreme, I know, but the above are time thieves and very effective procrastination enablers. Your level of determination and how important you deem your project to be will guide you on what measures are needed. My philosophy on this is – whatever it takes to focus, do it!

You Burn Yourself Out

Make time for breaks. Focusing on a task for a long period of time can burn you out and overwhelm your mind to the point of blankness. This makes procrastination inevitable. To avoid burnout, schedule regular break intervals.

Don’t stay seated at your desk – take a moment to recharge. Take a walk, get some fresh air, grab a snack, have a glass of water, etc. Many people tend to work best in 60- to 90-minute intervals, with 5-10 minute breaks in between. Personally, I find this helps me keep my mind on the sharper edge.


You Have No Clear Goals

Set goals. Without a road map, it becomes difficult to know where you’re going. People who aren’t sure of their destination usually avoid taking the first step or end up moving but going nowhere.

Setting goals will allow you to understand exactly what it is you need to accomplish and forces you to think of how you’re going to do it. To avoid procrastination on all fronts, write down even the smallest details of your tasks as goals.


You Don’t Chunk Your Work down

Break your tasks down. One of the main functions of your unconscious mind is to protect you. You mind will employ every trick in the book, including avoidance, to ‘help’ ease your burden. One of the ways it does this is to convince you to go and do something completely unrelated to the task at hand under the pre-text of taking a ‘break’.

How many times have you found yourself going off your project to watch TV; flicking through every channel, with nothing in particular to watch and eventually getting tired and going to sleep after just doing 5 minutes worth of work on a project you dread?

Have you noticed how you suddenly feel so tired and sleepy when you start some projects, but it never happens with others?

This happens because your mind is trying to help you avoid the mountain standing before you. Hefty tasks are certain to be avoided. To make the journey to completion more do-able, break down large goals into baby steps. Sometimes it comes down to tricking your mind into the ease of a project.


You Don’t Prioritize

Prioritize. Certain tasks hold more priority than others. After breaking down your goals into smaller steps, the next process is to prioritize. As a rule of thumb, always try to knock the most important, dreaded and challenging tasks out first.

Putting a challenging task at the bottom of your to-do list is certain to push you back into procrastination mode. Keep yourself motivated and productive by tackling a challenge while you’re still fresh and up for it.


You Make Work Too Serious

Make your work fun. If you’ve followed the above steps, you will enjoy and complete even the biggest and hardest of all your projects in time. Passion is the driver of success. As far as the mind is concerned, if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, what’s the point of helping you do it?

Find ways of incorporating fun into your projects. Always remember this; the mind is where all behaviour starts. If your mind does not support you in what you’re trying to do or it supports you in a way that does not help move you towards your goals, then you are in trouble and you need to see a professional who will help you resolve that inner conflict.

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