But, when you think about it, did these things really stop you? Or was it that you just weren’t prepared to deal with it? One of the most important parts of setting a goal is identifying the potential challenges you are going to face along the way. This should be done when you first set the goal, when you first really decide that you are going to go after the goal.
Why should you do this? Well, when you identify up front the potential challenges that you are likely to face, you are able to be much more prepared to deal with the challenge. I’ll give you a very simple example. Say you have a goal to start a business. You know what it is that you want to do and you have a plan roughed out on how you are going to get started. You start working towards your goal, and all of a sudden it just all seems too hard. You are having trouble balancing your work/life/family balance, you don’t seem to have any time, more important things seem to keep cropping up and disrupting your progress. These troubles are most likely caused from a variety of reasons.
If you take the time to sit down and identify what obstacles are that you are likely to encounter along the way (whether they be internal ie, obstacles from within your own head, or external ie, obstacles forced upon you), you can come up with a plan to overcome these obstacles. When the obstacle then actually presents itself, you are ready to put in the action plan to overcome it.
Take the time to identify your potential obstacles and solutions to these obstacles, and you will increase your chances of success significantly.