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10 Common Reasons Most People Fail

10 Common Reasons Most People Fail

Failure is, unfortunately, an unavoidable part of life. While it’s never fun to fail at something, failure offers a good opportunity to grow and learn from your mistakes. However, if you’re finding yourself failing a little more often than you would like, it might be time to address some issues. Here are the top 10 reasons people fail, and how to fix each mistake:

1. They don’t look before they leap.

Sometimes, spontaneity is a good thing. However, it’s often good to do some planning before tackling a big task. For example, don’t go into a music audition without looking at the music first–that sets you up for failure. Instead, practice until you feel ready to perform.

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2. They don’t want it enough.

Often, to get the things you want, you’re going to have to want it really badly. This motivates you to do your absolute best. Try to envision yourself succeeding at whatever you’re working toward. That way, you’ll be pushed to do well.

3. They don’t look for alternatives.

So what if something isn’t working out? Try tackling it from a different angle. You might be surprised how many things you could accomplish if you just tried approaching it in a slightly different way. This gives you a completely new perspective and might end up in success.

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4. They give up.

For some people, failing once means never trying again. But there’s a lot to be said for those who bounce back and keep trying. It shows persistence and often leads to success. Don’t get too discouraged after failing once or twice. Keep going and you’re more likely to get what you want.

5. They don’t have a goal.

You can’t succeed if you don’t know what you want. If you haven’t defined what constitutes a success, you can’t ever reach it. Make sure you have a very clear idea of what success means to you. That way, you have a concrete goal in mind that you can work towards and eventually reach.

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6. They don’t heed advice from others.

Listening to those who have been in your shoes in the past can be very helpful. Reach out to those who understand what you’re going through and have accomplished what you’re working toward. They might just give you a piece of advice that will change your entire view of the problem.

7. They listen to too much advice.

Conversely, listening to too much advice at once can get confusing. Limit yourself to a handful of people who really know what they’re talking about. Chances are, many people who try to dole out advice don’t know much about the subject. Only seek help from people who know exactly what you’re going through and have the skill set to talk about the topic.

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8. They have too many excuses.

Excuses can only get you so far. Instead of making excuses as to why you’re failing, try thinking about what the real reasons are for your failure. The sooner you face these reasons, the sooner you can get back on track to success. Address any major issues and get back on your feet as quickly as possible.

9. They’re all talk and no show.

We all know someone who talks a big game but never follows through. Don’t be that person. Yes, you should plan and talk things out with others, but don’t let that get in the way of actually doing something.

10. They misjudge.

Time, difficulty, monetary investment–a lot of people fail because they haven’t done their homework properly. Before you start a project, make sure you know what you’re getting into. Always overestimate to give yourself some wiggle room.

Featured photo credit: The Wit & Wisdom of Winston – Oct 2010 – Westerham Pub Wall – Those Two Imposters/Gareth Williams via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 23, 2021

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

You need more than time management. You need energy management

1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

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I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

2. Determine your “peak hours”

Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

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My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

3. Block those high-energy hours

Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

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Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible.

There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

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Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

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