People can spend their entire lives trying to build a strong career and make a name for themselves. While some manage to do so and achieve great success, others fail. Have you ever wondered what it is that prevents some people from achieving the success they desire? Here are some of the most common reasons why people fail to achieve their career goals, and how to prevent them:
Being Afraid to Even Try
This is the most common reason why people fail in life, on every level. After all, how can you possibly achieve something if you are too afraid to try it in the first place? How can one expect to win the lottery without even playing? On the other hand, those who do have the courage to pursue their dream usually quit too early if they don’t see encouraging results right away. They are impatient, and that is perfectly normal, since we all want to see results as quickly as possible. However, sometimes we will succeed while other times we fail miserably – building a career takes a lot of determination, courage and long-term commitment that will keep you focused on ‘the prize.’ Fear will not get you anywhere!
Not only are excuses very counterproductive, but they can be very annoying as well. We all know somebody who makes up all sorts of excuses and tries to blame everyone but themselves for their failures. This is exactly the type of perspective on life that will make you likely to fail in any field. When you make excuses for your failure as an ‘easy way out,’ you are only suggesting that you are not truly in control of your life and that you are not able to adapt to the ever-changing conditions around you.
Being Too Scared of Failure
Everybody is afraid of failure, and there’s nothing wrong with that. When you fail at something, it shows that you are not good enough – or maybe not prepared enough – to achieve that particular goal at that particular time. But fear can be debilitating from all points of view; it can suck out your energy and hold you back from chasing your dreams. This is one of the most common reasons why people fail in their careers these days – but it is important to contain your fear of failure and to work toward paving your own way to success. The best attitude to have is: maybe you will fail, but maybe you won’t – there is only one way to find out, and shying away from success out of sheer fear of failure is not the way to go!
Others Imposing Their Professional Goals on You
Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect society where we always get the chance to do whatever we are passionate about, and sometimes other people (usually our parents) try to impose career goals on us. These are often their own life goals that they failed to achieve, and they are now trying to make us do so. However, it is a fact that when you are not particularly passionate about a career – or anything, for that matter – you simply don’t work as hard to achieve your goals.
Not Pursuing Your Own Passion
Never be too scared or doubtful to dream big and hope that one day you will manage to become successful by doing what you love the most. It often happens that doubt is the primary – and sometimes the only – obstacle in the path of professional success. It is important to understand that in order to succeed at what you love doing, you will need to adapt to the conditions around you. If you have a passion – let’s say photography – then it is extremely important to stay up-to-date with all the latest techniques and technology that will help you stand out from the rest. Succeeding in your career means that you will most likely have to forge your own path and be a leader, and you cannot be a leader if you do not have the strength and the courage to follow your dreams and your passion.
Lack of Confidence and Determination
Some people fail in their careers simply because they lack confidence and determination – or because they are lazy. Those who have tried to get a job for a very long time and have been turned down repeatedly tend to have very low self-confidence when it comes to their overall professional worth, so it may become unimaginable for them to even dare pursuing their career goals. At the same time, others are just too lazy: they want everything to happen quickly and without any hassles, and, if they could, they would like to have someone else pursue their dreams on their behalf. Of course the world does not work like this, so it is important to stay positive and to have a positive, hopeful outlook in life and in your career goals. No one is going to knock on your door offering to help you reach the career of your dreams – you will need to pursue it all by yourself!
Fewer Jobs to Choose From
The availability of jobs is a relative factor actually, since the labor market is booming in certain parts of the US. However, we have all witnessed a constant and discouraging decline in the number of ‘good’ jobs – ones that actually offer the opportunity to advance and climb the ladder of success – and this is highly disappointing for those who are not afraid to dream big and ‘take the bull by the horns.’ Everything comes down to planning and determination – even if the job is not the best one, you can still come up with a great plan that will help you succeed. Making the best of the current situation can be a huge boost. Who knows, you might actually have a better chance in another venture in the near future. One thing is for sure: having a steady plan that you hold on to throughout your entire career quest will undoubtedly increase your chances of succeeding.
These are some of the most common reasons why people tend to fail in terms of reaching their career goals. As we can see, in many cases some form of fear turns out to be the main obstacle to success.
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