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The Number One Reason Why People Fail

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Focus-on-SuccessThere are three basic or key components for “success” (how ever you define success.) They are:

  1. A strategy
  2. Tactics
  3. Mind-set

The strategy is the “big picture” of what you’d like to accomplish. 

The tactics are the “how” you are going to get there.  The mind-set is the catalyst for implementing the tactics.

There are hundreds of books, CD’s etc. that talk about the strategy, the tactics as well as the mind-set.  What I’ve found is that the majorities of people focus on points 1 & 2 and give little attention to point 3…the mind-set.

So what is mind-set in relation to success?

Again, I like simple.  Here are the four characteristics of a strong mind-set:

  1. Knowing what you want
  2. Committing yourself to your goal
  3. Taking courageous action
  4. Determination to finish what you start

That’s it!

Simple?  Absolutely!

Easy?  Not so much.

Let’s take a closer look at these.

Knowing What You Want: Many people can’t get pass this one.  They THINK they know what they want, but as soon as they hit a little resistance...BAMB!  They’re blown out of the water.   Seth Godin in his book “The Dip” goes over the phenomenon in detail.  Basically the book talks about that sooner or latter we will all come into a dip.  Things just aren’t going to go as planed. It’s at this time that the most people bail.  Seth discusses the importance of evaluating the worthiness of your goal.  I won’t go into the details here…pick up the book if you want to find out more.

Committing Yourself to Your Goal: This point of failure is tied directly to “knowing what you want.”  The reason most people won’t commit to their goal is they really don’t know if it’s what they want.  Let’s face it, if you approach a goal with the attitude “it would be nice to achieve this” are you really committed?  If not, why waist your time going after it!?

Taking Courageous Action:  Notice I didn’t say timid action…I said courageous action.  This means being bold, taking risk, putting yourself out there for the entire world to see.  Sure ANY action is better then no action. But if you’ve got points 1 and 2 secure, you may want to take a closer look at this one.  Nothing happens without action...period!  Oh sure, I can hear the followers of “The Law of Attraction” pooh-poohing this one.  Believe me, I’m a big believer of the LOA when it is used in conjunction with action.  There are way too many couch creators taking about the LOA, but refuse to look at their results.  Results are directly proportional to a persons vibration AND their action….no action, no results.  Timid action = timid results.  Courageous action = spectacular results!  

Determination to Finish What You Start:  This by far is probably the toughest to work through.  With the emphasis today on multi-tasking and the “next best thing” right around the corner many become distracted.  If they don’t become distracted, as soon as they hit a wall or a dip they’ll look for an easier way.  This point is also closely tied to point #1 – “knowing what you want.”  If you truly, deeply know exactly what you want you will find the determination to finish what you start.  Here is where FOCUS comes in.  You know…

F = Follow

O = One

C = Course

U = Until

S = Successful

When you FOCUS, finishing what you start will take care of itself.

So, how does all this fit into my statement about “The Number One Reason Why People Fail?”

After all I’ve given the three key components for success and talked about the four characteristics of a strong mind-set.  I’ve haven’t given a single solitary point that absolutely points to the reason why people fail…or have I?

If you’ve been paying attention you’ll see that there is a common thread through ALL 7 points in this article. 

Want to know what it is?


Yup…you’re the main reason for your lack of success.  I know this can sound pretty harsh.  After all, the economy is bad, prices are going up, and I’m out of a job. 

You know what?

There are many people out there in the same or worse condition then you and they’re making their dreams and goals happen.

What one can do, anyone can do.”

OK…so I might have been too tough.  It’s not YOU as the person; it’s YOU as the thinker.  This is why mental strength coaching and training is so critical…especially in these days!

Mental strength coaching and training will help you develop the four characteristics of a strong mind-set.  And presuming you have your strategy and tactics in place, with the development of the mind-set you WILL be able to accomplish your desired goals.  

Last modified on Saturday, 05 January 2013 09:51
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