When you are striving for something you’ve never had, whatever it is, money, a big house, a great business, a better 5km time, you need to do something you’ve never done right? The basic equation to this is, where you are currently + hard work = results you want = becoming a better version of yourself. This is not to say just because you don’t have it now you can’t ever, you need to first develop yourself, get the habits and adopt the mindset. Once all this is done, the results will follow.

Let’s look at 5 things that you want to remove from your life to that are slowing you down or in some cases stopping you completely from achieving your goals.

“Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favour.”

Brian Tracy

All great things, big or small start with a decision to try, if you don’t try you definitely won’t, that seems simple enough right? Yet there are millions of people worldwide that simply don’t try, time isn’t right, not enough time, not enough money. These are all excuses that people get hell bent on using for why they can’t go out and have everything they want in life. What is the best time to start that business you’ve always wanted to? The second you finish this article. Maybe your goal is to lose some weight and start looking after your health, best time for that is right now too.

Don’t dwell on what would have happened if you did it 2, 5 or 10 years ago, that ship has sailed. Live in the present, what can you do now to put you on the path you need to be on to get what you want?

Lack of consistency
Let’s take New Year resolutions as an example of how inconsistent we have become as human beings. Whether it is to join a gym, starting saving more money or start looking to find a better job. A survey done by US News shows that 80% of us won’t make it past the second week of February and that is an alarming statistic. Why is it that so many of us start out with good intentions but can’t follow through?

“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.”

Tony Robbins

Consistency is key in whatever it is you do, whether you want to get fit, get healthy, have a better relationship with your spouse or even just live a happier life. These changes need to be made and stuck to, day after day till it becomes a habit, that’s the hard part, once the habit is in place you must do everything you can to ensure you don’t go back to your old ways.

Being afraid to fail
Do you know how many famous, wildly successful people have failed in their life? If you ever got a chance to ask them, I’m pretty sure they would tell you that they all failed at one point in their life. We need to adopt a completely different mindset when it comes to failure, if you failed at something, all it means is that you have learnt. You’ve learnt how not to do it, fail 8 times, try 9. That is the only way you will keep moving forward, embrace failure, learn from it, fail forward.

Excuses are so easy to get, I can find 10 excuses for me not to go to the gym tonight and 50 excuses not to stay up late to read a book rather than just sleep. Excuses will always be available to those who seek them, it is the mind’s job to make things easier for you, use less energy, keep you in your comfort zone. We don’t want that, we have a growth mindset (or should have) and that means instead of focusing on all reasons why you can’t, find reasons why you can. Forget all those useless excuses, they are just holding you back, keeping you average. You are far from average, you just don’t know how capable you are. (YET!!)

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”

Jim Rohn

Distractions can come in all shapes and sizes, people, activities, emotions and even a great TV series’. All these things can come in the way of you doing what you need to do, whatever that is. The most valuable thing in this world is time, whether you realise that now or not, it is. Time shouldn’t be wasted, I’m not saying watching a TV show every now and then when you want to unwind and relax will ruin your life, it’s just that TV can get addictive, I’m no stranger to binge watching in the past! I have now learnt that it can be enjoyed in moderation, as little as possible, the rest of the time should be spent on yourself, whether you’re learning a new skill, a new language, reading a book, starting a business or working on your fitness. True contentment comes from living your dream, filling your time with all the unnecessary noise this world has to offer, (and there’s a lot of it) will only bring you temporary satisfaction.


Don’t allow anything or anyone to stop you from achieving your goals, use your time efficiently. It won’t be easy but it will be worth it. GSY