1. You have a million ideas — but you lose steam halfway to your goals. You never follow through on your plans. You will come up with a brilliant idea, get excited about it, and stay motivated for a few days. But then your motivation will drop and you’ll give up completely. You’ll go from 100 to 0. However, if you want to succeed, you need to keep working, even on the days when it’s the last thing you want to do.
2. You get distracted too easily. It’s hard to keep your mind focused on one task for a long period of time. You get distracted by social media. By music. By texts. By other random chores. You have a hard time sitting in one place, but if you want to reach your goals, you have to be more strict with yourself. You have to set a timer and keep working until the sand runs out.
3. You’re putting too much on your plate at once. You’re not a superhuman. You can’t take on dozens of projects at once. You need to pick one and stick with it. You need to break apart your large goals into smaller goals. Take baby steps. Otherwise, you’re going to overwhelm yourself. You need to stay patient and take things one step at a time.
4. You assume you’re going to fail. You have no confidence in yourself. You assume putting in the work isn’t worth the trouble because you aren’t going to see results, anyway. You’re never going to succeed. You’re only going to disappoint yourself. Of course, in order to get anything done, you need to get rid of that toxic mindset. You need to start putting more faith in your abilities. You need to learn to recognize your strengths and start saying you deserve to win.
5. You overthink each task until you’re unable to get a single thing done. It might seem like being a perfectionist is a good thing, but really, it can lead to procrastination. You’ll never want to finish a project because you’re too scared of failing. You’re too scared of showing others your results and finding out they aren’t impressed. In your mind, there’s always more that needs to be done. You never feel finished. You’ll keep working on the same thing for years and years because it’s easier than putting your work out into the world.
6. You’re unable to strike a healthy work/life balance. Sometimes, you need to completely rearrange your schedule in order to fit everything you want to get done into your day. You might even need to get creative and squeeze in some work on the train or during your lunch break. However, you can’t forget to factor in relaxation time. You don’t want to burn out.
7. You don’t know where to start. Sometimes, your goals seem so large that you have absolutely no idea how to tackle them. However, the internet has plenty of information. Do your research, then jump right into the work. Don’t hesitate. Don’t wait until tomorrow. Don’t make excuses. Get started today.