We all know that a new year is a fresh start for everyone. Some set intentions, others set goals and some focus on strategic results. Trouble is that most people fail to achieve what they want or set out to do.
There are a whole host of reasons why you might not achieve what you want in 2014. In this article I share my top 10 reasons why you might not achieve what you want in 2014.
Reason #1: Lack of Clarity
Whether it’s your career progression or how you operate as a leader, if you lack clarity about what you are trying to achieve it is a bit like trying to drive a car wearing a blindfold and then being surprised that you are struggling to move forward.
Frame what you want to achieve in the positive and be able to measure progress.
Reason #2: Trying To Achieve Too Much
A year might seem like a long time. Yet it is comparatively short. Most people simply set unrealistic expectations. Make a point of prioritising and focusing on what you really want. Better to achieve 2 or 3 things than not achieve 10 things.
Reason #3: Not Facing Reality
It can be easy to talk about how unfair things are. For example getting beyond a certain level in your career might mean you have to get a specific qualification. If that is reality, face up to it and get the qualification rather than complaining about it.
Reason #4: Not Willing To Do The Work
Nothing is ever handed to you on a plate, whoever you are. There will be setbacks, disappointments and obstacles. Some things you can influence, others you can’t. What you can influence is whether you are willing to do the work.
Reason #5: Going Through The Motions
It’s easy to just turn up at work and go through the motions. Trouble is employing someone is expensive. If you are just going through the motions then why make the investment in you. You need to be contributing.
Reason #6: Not Seeking Feedback
Some people thrive on getting feedback while others avoid it. Feedback gives you insights and is the catalyst for getting even better. Everyone benefits from feedback so just ask for it.
Reason #7: Getting But Not Acting On Feedback
Leaders or aspiring leaders who get but don’t act on feedback can expect to be operating at less than optimal performance. Sure you are good at what you do but are you really operating to your potential?
Reason #8: Trying To Be The Lone Ranger
No matter how good you are personally, you always need the help and support of others to achieve anything as a leader, in your career or in business. If you don’t embrace this you try to achieve with restricted capacity.
Reason #9: Failing To Grow And Develop
Things move fast these days. Thinking you can just rest on your laurels and on your past achievements is a recipe for disaster. Continuing to grow and develop personally and professionally is vital.
Reason #10: Lack Of Desire
If you have no desire to achieve something, stop pretending and focus on what fires you up. You will do what you want, not what someone else tells you need to do.
Duncan Brodie helps accountants and professionals achieve more career success. Learn more here.
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 7,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.