When it comes to goals, the easiest part is setting one. It doesn’t take much effort to want to lose 15 pounds for your 20 year high school reunion or complete a 5k. The challenge is putting those plans to action.


It is estimated that only 20% of the population sets goals, and out of those individuals, a whopping 70% fail to reach them.  Why is it so difficult for people to reach their goals? The answer may be in their subconscious mind.


“I Want it NOW!”


Thanks to modern technology, we take many things for granted that previous generations could only dream of. A full course meal can be ready in 5 minutes thanks to microwave ovens. Instead of writing letters, we can correspond with someone on the other side of the world instantaneously with email and text messages. These things and many others have conditioned us to want (and expect) results fast, and if we don’t get it someone will feel our wrath. While this is acceptable in many aspects of our lives, achieving goals is not one of them.


Change Your Mindset


Achieving goals is similar to baking a cake from scratch: it is not microwaveable and you can’t skip steps. It does not matter how bad a person wants results, they will take time, like it or not. After the specified time has passed, then and only then can a person get a taste of victory (or cake.)  Patience is a key ingredient for success. The results will not happen overnight.


Unfortunately, many people become impatient and give up before they get the results they crave. If a person wants to succeed, they must be in it for the long hail and not get frustrated and quit when things don’t go as planned.


Mental Fitness


To be in peak physical condition, a person must exercise on a regular basis. That same philosophy applies to mental fitness as well. Instead of listening to those who say something can’t be done, ignore them and seek out those who believe in you and support you. Instead of reading about how things are impossible, read motivational quotes like these to stay inspired and focused when times get tough:

1.      Your speed doesn’t matter. Forward is forward.

2.      When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.

3.      Winners never quit and quitters never win.

4.      The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do.


Determination and self-discipline are qualities all successful people have. They accept the fact that it will take time to reach their goals, but are committed to completing them no matter how long it takes. Once a person believes in themselves, there’s nothing they can’t accomplish!


Article By:

 Jeff White



Jeff White is a certified personal trainer, author and wellness coach. He believes a strong mind and body go hand in hand, and both are needed for optimum performance. Jeff is the author of the award winning and Amazon Best Seller The 3 Pillars of Strength: Increasing Your Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Fitness.