Member Update: But Do You Want To?

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Let me ask you something…

Have you ever set a goal — one you were so excited about it felt like a sure thing — but then two or three months later, you hadn’t made much in the way of progress?

I know I have. Lots of times.

So why does that happen? What is the reason why you don’t achieve your goals?

We tell ourselves all sorts of stories for why we come up short on our goals.

We didn’t have time. Things came up we didn’t expect. You know the drill.

But I was reading an article today on why that really happens, and it made a lot of sense to me.

The gist is this…

When you set a goal, but you don’t make progress on it, it’s usually because, while you’re excited about the outcome, you are actually less than thrilled about the journey.

If you have a goal to finish writing a book this year, the action you need to take to reach your goal might be writing 500 words a day.

While you are excited about having a completed book, you have to ask yourself… are you excited about writing 500 words a day?

If you aren’t, that goal is going to be a struggle to reach.

When that’s the case, to get to your goal, you need to dig into what it is about the needed action — writing 500 words a day — that makes you resistant or uncomfortable, or just downright unhappy.

Maybe it’s that you don’t feel like you have the time… or that you have to cut something else you enjoy to make the time…

Maybe it’s that you’re worried you won’t be happy with the words on the page…

Or that you’ll get stuck somewhere in the middle and not know how to finish…

If you’re having a hard time achieving a goal, there’s probably something about the actions you need to take that have you feeling less than excited. Instead of looking at the goal to see if something is wrong with it, start by looking at the tasks and try to uncover any emotional resistance you have there.

Then, once you know the root of the problem, get to work changing your mindset or changing your approach… and watch how much faster you move forward!

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That’s all for now. Make it a great week!

Heather Robson

Heather Robson

Heather Robson

Managing editor of Wealthy Web Writer, Heather has over ten years of content marketing and development experience.


  • The titles Member Update: But Do You Want To? confused me a little until I separated the actual title of the article from the title of the post. In my usual rush of things I took this to mean ‘Do you want to update your membership?’

    Curiosity pulled me to read further. Boy, am I glad I did!

    “But Do You Want To?” zeroed into my biggest problem — I don’t like doing the steps to achieve most of my goals. In this article, Heather Robson nailed it! She took the simple mindset change that all motivators encourage and showed how to make the shift.

    The links to other articles in this post provide even more steps to follow for fundraising (a niche that I want to do but…); templates for free traffic and cold calls; fresh new ideas from already written articles, and the link to the article which explains why we let excuses rule the day.

    Thank you Heather for sharing this packed full article.

  • Yes, thanks Heather! Great article.
    I have a troupe of invisible monkeys that live in my head.
    One is called Gilbert… and Gilbert loves to remind me of all the times I tried hard and failed.
    Gilbert loves to dig deep into the disappointment and the pain…
    … and then sweetly and seductively he asks, “do you really wanna risk feeling that way again?”
    Of course, I don’t.
    And so then I find myself giving in to Gilbert more often than I’d like.
    Come to think of it… Gilbert would make an excellent copywriter.

    • Ah… I love that you’ve named Gilbert. I can relate to that. It does help to have that name, because then you can say, “Hey Gilbert, stuff a sock in it!”

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