Achieving Results: What’s stopping you achieving and what to do about it?

Are you achieving all that you want at the moment?  If you are keep up the good work, notice what you are doing right and do more of it.  In reality there will always be times when everything is going well and other times when it feels like everything you touch falls apart.

There are a whole host of reasons why you might not be achieving all you want right now.  Let’s explore some of these:

Fear: You might not be taking action right now because you are frightened of failing or frightened of the consequences if you succeed.  People do worry that they might be too successful, become overwhelmed and then not deliver.

Lack of focus: Often when working with clients they complain that they are not making progress.  When we dig below the surface we often discover that they are not completely focused.  They might not be getting signed up for courses essential to their continued development, getting their CV completed or asking to get on a particular project that will given that essential experience to their success.

Lack of desire:  To achieve anything you need to have the desire and hunger to get the benefits that success will bring.  You might not be motivated because you are playing safe and operating in your comfort zone and taking what might be regarded as a logical next step.

Lack of commitment: Do you find yourself starting lots of new things but never see things through to completion?  Sometimes it takes a lot of commitment to achieve things so ask yourself if you are willing to do the work to achieve.

Lack of skills, knowledge or other resources:  Maybe you are clear on what you want but tell yourself that you cannot do it because you don’t have the right skills, knowledge or other resources to do it.

Lack of clarity: We can often lack clarity on what you want.  If you don’t know where you are heading, it is difficult to plot out your route to success.

If any or all of these reasons apply to you, what can you do to start achieving?

1. Clearly define what you want, why you want it and what the benefits will be once you achieved it.

2. Start one big project at a time, plan it thoroughly and follow through step by step.

3. Drop things that you don’t really want to do but feel you need to do it because it is expected.

4. Start consciously choosing what you will and won’t do rather than leaving it to chance.

5. Accept that when you take action you will fail some time but by stretching your comfort zone you will achieve more than you would have done otherwise.

6. Recognise that it is better to have something that is 90% complete now than 92% complete in 3 month’s time.

Bottom line – If you want to achieve anything, the first obstacle you need to address is yourself.  So what’s your first step to achieving more success?

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 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.

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