Here’s Why You Haven’t Achieved Your Goal Yet

Simply put, successful people are goal-setters. Goal-setting applies to every area of our lives. We set goals for our careers, relationships, families, finances, etc. Our ultimate goals, however, set the course for our lives. The ultimate goals define the direction that we go in.

Unfortunately, some people never achieve their ultimate goals in life. They limit their self-confidence and they limit themselves.

Learn how to set achievable goals. Get my FREE 14-Step Goal-Setting Guide.

Identify Your Limiting Step

One of the most valuable exercises you can engage in when setting long-term goals is to ask yourself, “What is my limiting step?”

What is the one factor that determines the speed at which I achieve my goal? Or can I achieve it at all throughout my personal development?
The ability to identify your limiting step is one of the best demonstrations of your intelligence. It is a huge step towards building self-confidence.

Your capacity to eliminate this limiting step is one of the best demonstrations of your overall competence.  You can achieve anything you want.

Self-Confidence is the Critical Factor

In studying everything that has been written or said about personal development and success, I’ve come to a conclusion.  Your level of self-confidence is the critical factor in everything you accomplish. When you have enough self-confidence, you will try almost anything.

Because success is largely a matter of averages or probabilities, the more things you try, the more likely it is that you will achieve them.

The same is true for you. By setting goals, trying more things, and exploring more opportunities, your probabilities of success increase dramatically. The only real limiting step to success that you might have is your level of self-confidence.

When you reach the point at which you believe in yourself fully, the barriers that exist in your external world will not stop you.

Build Your Self-Confidence

The major obstacles to success always lie within the mind of the individual.

They are not contained in external circumstances, situations or people. By building self-confidence, you win the inner battle. The outer battle seems to take care of itself.

I have learned three important ideas for building self-confidence. First, accept complete responsibility for everything that you are and ever will be.

Second, accept that you can change your situation only by working on yourself. Learn what it takes to be better. Third, set goals with timelines for the things you want. Then, work every day to bring those goals into reality.

Practice Persistently

Our natural tendency is to work hard until we find a method or technique that works for us. Whether that be in life, work, or relationships. Then, for some perverse reason, we promptly abandon the technique and go back to behaving in our old ways.

Setting goals and thinking positively act as a mental program for our personal development. Just like an exercise program works on our physical development.

If you expect it to work for you, you have to practice it persistently and keep at it indefinitely.

Apply the Success Principles to Your Own Life

When I began to apply these proven success principles to my life, I was able to bring about almost miraculous changes in every area of my life.

Every successful man or woman that I have ever talked to or read about has come to pretty much the same conclusion. By every measure, you have more talent and ability than you could use in 100 lifetimes.

You, too, can step on the accelerator of your own potential and begin moving forward at a speed that will amaze you by setting goals.

What is one goal that you have always wanted to achieve, but been too afraid to go after?

Leave a comment below, and I’ll be sure to follow up with you.

Goal-setting allows you to achieve your goals faster than you ever thought possible. Download a free copy of my 14-Step Goal-Setting Guide for exercises that will help you plan and achieve your goals for the entire next year.

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About Brian Tracy — Brian is recognized as the top sales training and personal success authority in the world today. He has authored more than 60 books and has produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs on sales, management, business success and personal development, including worldwide bestseller The Psychology of Achievement. Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. You can follow him on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin and Youtube.

  • Hello Brian! I totally agree that having confidence in yourself affects the outcome of your goal. If you do not believe in yourself you start to actually hold yourself back… and then even worse… when you don’t achieve your goal you take more steps back because not achieving your goal is a negative hit to your self esteem! A viscous cycle!

  • Lacey Winquist

    Hello Brian Tracy – I want to pay down my debt. Using the information you have provided above seems like a good place to start. Do you have advice for me? Thank you!

  • Lacey Winquist

    Hello Brian Tracy – I want to pay down my debt. Using the information you have provided above seems like a good place to start. Do you have advice for me? Thank you!

  • Swapnîl Dhaßekar

    Mr. Tracy I’m 21 yr old Engineering Student I’m so much confused in life and this SMARTPHONE TECHNOLOGY is ruining my life and mental health very badly after knowing this all then too I’m n’t able to stop using this technology gadgets from my everyday life. After listening to so much of Big Authors and Leaders again I’m getting confused in their books and speeches some are saying this and that MIND is n’t stable.. n’t able to concentrate on my engineering studies properly i can’t understand & learn the answer properly also always worried of what will happen to my life if same things will continue to end up in this way everyday.. Motivation also not works to me. I follow it 2 days or 3 and then again come to in same earlier postion or condition.. Once i had wrriten my daily goals also in piece of ppr but no use.. I want achieve a huge success in life and want to be financially stable in this fast running world as im from INDIA.. please help me or advice me what should i do.. As lots of people have told also in various Blogs, videos and books to do this and that but I’m not able to maintain those things when i apply it to my
    everyday life?? Mind is always lost in useless thoughts.

    • Hi Swapnil,
      Simply put, you will have to find what works best for you. If you can’t focus try turning off your phone during periods of study or work and before bed. You can also try listening to music with no words, reading, or even finding a friend that can help keep you accountable for your goals.

      Good luck to you, I believe you can achieve whatever you set your focus on.

    • sam

      Hi Swapnil,

      Congratulations for receiving such a great advise from Brian himself. I believe if you follow that, life will be very different . I just wanna share a little bit extra from what I have learned from Brian’s teaching. As you mentioned above:
      – You are 21 years old
      – Studying Engineering
      – Technology
      – Live in India
      – Trying to learn from great Authors & Leaders

      Aren’t these good things? Let me explain what I mean:

      – 21 years old (Young & Energetic)
      – Studying Engineering (Good Education)
      – Technology ( thousands of resources that you can use for study)
      – Live in India ( many opportunities to contribute)
      – Learning from leaders ( not many people at your age do that)

      I don’t really see any problem buddy. Perhaps you’re just focusing on wrong side. Brian shares all the time how important it is to focus on positive things of our life. Here’s some ideas might help you:

      1) Appreciate: write 10 things everyday that you are greatful for

      2) Perspective: look at the positive parts and opportunities you have

      3) Self-discipline: opt-out unimportant apps(social media perhaps) from your phone or set the specific time to use (lets say 30 mins a day)

      There are so many articles, blogs, seminar and videos where Brian talks a lot about these things. You just need to go in depth (not just surface)

      So be grateful for everything you have.

      Good Luck!

  • Thank you for the great article Mr. Brian Tracy. I’ve been studying your content for close to three years and I have benefited handsomely from your books and videos. As I begin a new journey I am revisiting your articles and books to ensure I apply all the principles you teach to create the lasting success that I envision for myself and those I impact

    • Devrhoid, thank you for your kind words and dedication. I am happy they have benefitted your life in a positive way.

  • zaira afzal

    Hi Brian,

    Persistance & consistency these 2 go hand in hand. This made me chuckle “Then, for some perverse reason, we promptly abandon the technique”. Its so very true, we just give up because we don’t see immediate change were looking for instant gratification or we think its too hard.

    The truth is we never gave it over to our subconscious mind, we never installed the new software. I have learnt over the years myself studying self development that we have to do something consistently. Before you know it it will become a habit, and as with everything it will start small but eventually you will get something called the compound effect as Darren Hardy wrote in his book.

    This effect will see you gain momentum when you get to this point thats when you start seeing your goals manifest. Most never get to this point, its like pushing a non starter car, to get it going you have to put a lot in to get the wheels in motion but when it goes it goes.

    To get to the point of momentum we have to build confidence as you say, another key factor is belief we must believe in what we can achieve for us to see it come about.

    Brian thank you for this post it was a great read.

    Zaira

  • zaira afzal

    Hi Brian,

    Persistance & consistency these 2 go hand in hand. This made me chuckle “Then, for some perverse reason, we promptly abandon the technique”. Its so very true, we just give up because we don’t see immediate change were looking for instant gratification or we think its too hard.

    The truth is we never gave it over to our subconscious mind, we never installed the new software. I have learnt over the years myself studying self development that we have to do something consistently. Before you know it it will become a habit, and as with everything it will start small but eventually you will get something called the compound effect as Darren Hardy wrote in his book.

    This effect will see you gain momentum when you get to this point thats when you start seeing your goals manifest. Most never get to this point, its like pushing a non starter car, to get it going you have to put a lot in to get the wheels in motion but when it goes it goes.

    To get to the point of momentum we have to build confidence as you say, another key factor is belief we must believe in what we can achieve for us to see it come about.

    Brian thank you for this post it was a great read.

    Zaira

  • Mas Wawan

    Brian is a marvelous man. I get a lot of benefits using your goal setting guide

  • agentinsure

    Spot on Mr Tracy, the most fascinating thing is when one begins to realize how it has little to do with the outside and nearly everything with what is going on with our the inside.

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