It is important to not make excuses when you fail to achieve the tasks that you need to complete to achieve your goals. Not only is it very important to your personal development to review your progress and learn both from your successes and your failures but it is important that you are honest with yourself in respect to your reasons for non-achievement when that occurs. Excuses are often a form of procrastination.
Often non-achievement of tasks or goals is due to fear. If you know that this is the case you can start to think about how you can make the task or goal seem less frightening (perhaps by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable steps, for example).
Sometimes, it may help to work with others (i.e. friends, colleagues or family) in order to achieve the results that you wish to achieve. Often people are only too happy to help if they realise that you are having difficulty in achieving something.
You can also learn new skills or work on your personal development (either on your own or with a coach) in order to increase not only your competence but your confidence so that you are much better placed to achieve your goals and forget those excuses!
So, in summary, if you are not achieving for whatever reason, consider what you can do differently, think outside the box and consider what you can change to make a difference. Surely, you owe it to yourself to maximise your chance of success? Being certain of succeeding will also increase your chances of doing just that – as you should know by now, having the right mindset and commitment is key to achieving our goals. If you are doubting your own success, ironically, that may be what is causing you to fail.
Don’t forget to let me know how you do once you have made the necessary changes…