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Most people will tell you that they have at least one wish or desire to change something about their life. What may be strange is the number of people who don’t make any type of move to reach their goals. The number one reason for not attaining a certain goal is often put down to lack of motivation.

There are some people who would say this is a lack of effort as opposed to a lack of motivation. Let’s take a look at some reasons why people don’t put the effort into making a lifestyle change.

1. Aren’t Aligned With Their Goals

In order to make any type of change in your life you need to have a good reason to do so. Having a goal is wonderful but the reason you have to reach that goal is probably more important. If you want to change your job then you need to have a reason for doing so, reasons could include; wanting more money, to move to a new location or for more opportunities. If you don’t know what your reason is, or the reason has changed, you’ll likely be unmotivated to reach your goal.

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2. Goal Is Too Big

Setting too large of a goal is a great way to set yourself up for failure. Weight loss is a perfect example here. If you need to lose 70 pounds don’t focus on this amount. Instead if you set smaller goals of 7 pounds per month you will find that you can stay on track better. If you meet this goal faster than one month that is great then just keep on going.

If you are struggling or lose a little less then don’t give up, just refocus and set your next monthly goal at 5 pounds. For more guidance on how to trick your brain to lose weight, read Dr. Michele Ross’s book Train Your Brain To Get Thin.

3. Not Tracking Progress Towards Goals

Having a vision of what you want is a great way to stay motivated. This is why many people recommend keeping track of your goals. This can be done in various ways depending upon your goal. If your goal is to lose weight then keep photos and images of your progress. If it is another type of goal then keep a journal or blog of your journey. This way you can see what you are struggling with and what you are accomplishing.

4. No Accountability Partner

No support network is another reason why many people don’t make the effort to change their lives. Getting the support from family and friends can really make a world of difference to your goals.

If you put these four factors into practice you will find that you have both the drive and commitment to finally make those lifestyle changes you have dreamed about and reach your goals.

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4 Reasons Why People Don\'t Reach Their Goals