Accomplishing your goals requires skills and strategy. However, accomplishing your goals also requires that you enter into the arena with the proper mindset equipped to endure.

With that said, equipping a proper mindset is where many fall short which is why their goals become unfulfilled. As I've learned through personal experience and through communicating with others, falling short of goals isn't due to a lack of desire or talent.

It's due to not facing the uncomfortable truths of life.

No matter the endeavor, there is going to be discomfort and nothing can prevent that. With all of that said, here are four tough realities about life that you'll need to embrace in order to have a chance of accomplishing your goals this year.

1. No one cares about your goals.

This sounds harsh and when someone first told me this, I took it personally. However, after nursing up my inflated ego, this notion became freeing to me because it made me realize that since no one cares about my goals, I shouldn't let the opinion of others or the anticipation of what they might say prevent me from pursuing my goals.

With this said, people not caring about your goals isn't personal. It solely means that they aren't going to lose sleep over whether you hit your goals or even stick to them (they have their own issues consuming them).

Therefore, when you set your visions and intentions, create them from a place of selfishness where it's something that you truly want to pursue.

Review your vision and ask yourself if your vision is truly yours and if there are some small fragments that are in there for approval seeking--ruthlessly cut them out.

2. Your problems are not special and unique.

I was complaining to a mentor about how busy I was with various things in life and he instantly found a dozen other people who had similar (if not more) things to juggle on a daily basis.

It's easy to slide into our excuses and use them as a safety net for why we fail to execute on key tasks. If you're feeling overwhelmed, odds are you lack organization or you're taking on things that aren't essential to moving you forward in life.

There are many tasks that can delude us into feeling good about ourselves.

But the only way to avoid these delusions is to review your weekly tasks and ask yourself "does this activity truly move me forward with my mission". Also, review your schedule and see if you could be using your time in a more efficient and effective way.

3. You must boldly face and embrace reality.

It could be hesitation to log into your bank account because a few zeroes are currently missing. It could be hesitation to look in the mirror because a few extra pounds are currently hanging around.

Whatever the case, you must accept those current realities because awareness is the first step to any type of transformation. By looking at those current realities, you leave the land of delusion where theory prevails and instead move into the land of reality where practicality prevails and results actually happen.

When you boldly face reality, you're able to honestly identify your weaknesses.

A few zeroes missing along with a few extra pounds hanging around aren't there because you're not good enough or skilled enough. It's simply feedback that there is a gap missing somewhere in the plan. Ask yourself "what am I not doing that someone who does these things well is doing?

4. You'll have to dramatically raise your standards.

Across the board, every facet of your life will need to receive an upgrade. You can't optimize your life, body, and business with an old processing system.

One of the toughest areas will be your environment. Your current set of friends don't need to be sent off to an island and never communicated with again. But you do need to integrate a new subset of people into your life who are on a similar trajectory as you.

Besides motivation, you're also gaining access to how they think, perform, and behave in the world which is just as essential as any external tactic or learned skill.

Published on: Jan 30, 2018