Sometimes we may wonder why we do achieve success that we endeavor to have in our life, be it in Business, relationships or any thing that we may strive to have in life. here are some clues on where we may have gone wrong. 20 reasons for failure why we don’t achieve excellence.

  • Unwillingness to Take Risks – Success involves taking calculated risks and does not mean gambling foolishly and behaving irresponsibly. It is relative thus varies from person to person. Responsible risk-taking is based on knowledge, training, careful study, confidence and competence which give a person the courage to act while facing fear.
  • Lack of persistence- When problems seem overwhelming, quitting seems to be the easiest way out. Ralph Waldo Emerson said “A man is a hero not because he is braver than anyone else, but because he is brave for ten minutes longer.”-
  • Instant Gratification – We are living in an age of instant gratification. Instant gratification never thinks of consequences, only of momentary pleasures.
  • Lack of Priorities – When we don’t have our priorities right, we waste time, not realizing that time wasted is life wasted. Prioritizing requires discipline to do what needs to be done rather than going by our moods.
  • Looking for Shortcuts – There is no shortcut in life no Quick Fixes. Many times we look for the easier way, which really ends up being the tougher way.
  • Selfishness and Greed – Greed destroys relationships. It comes out of poor self-esteem, which manifests itself as false pride and pretense. The only way out of greed is to learn to live within your means and be satisfied. Being contented does not mean lacking ambition.
  • Lack of Conviction – People who lack conviction conform in order to get accepted even when they know that what they are doing is wrong. They behave like part of a herd and consider themselves better because they do not support the wrong not realizing that by not opposing they are actually supporting.
  • Lack of Understanding of Nature’s Laws – Success is a matter of laws and these are the laws of nature. If a seed is not planted it dies. The same can said about an idea, you leap what you plant.
  • Unwillingness to Plan and Prepare – Everyone has a will to win but very few have the will to prepare to win. Vince Lombardi. Plan and prepare for success.
  • Rationalizing – This is the biggest enemy of success. Rationalizing is a loser’s game. Don’t have excuses like I’m too young or too old. Take action.
  • Not Learning from Past Mistakes – People who do not learn from past mistakes are doomed. Failure is a teacher if we have the right attitude. Live and learn, and not only live. Learn from other people’s mistakes.
  • Inability to Recognize Opportunity – Opportunities come disguised as obstacles. That is why most people don’t recognize them. Remember that the bigger the obstacle, the bigger is the opportunity.
  • Fear – Fear can be real or imaginary. Mostly fear is born of fatigue, ignorance and loneliness. To live in fear is like being in a prison. Fear destroys our potential and ability. We cannot think straight. It ruins relationships and health.
  • Inability to Use Talent – Albert Einstein said, “I think I used about 25% of my intellectual capacity during my life.” According to William James, human beings use only 10-12% of their potential. The saddest part of most people’s lives is that they die with the music still in them. They haven’t lived while alive.
  • Lack of Discipline – Anyone who has accomplished anything worthwhile has never done so without discipline, whether in sports, athletics, academics or business.
  • Poor self-esteem – Poor self-esteem is a lack of self-respect and self-worth. It leads to abuse of one’s self and others.
  • Lack of Knowledge – The first step towards knowledge is awareness of areas of ignorance. A person who thinks he knows everything has the most to learn. Ignorant people don’t know they are ignorant. They don’t know that they don’t know.
  • Failure to accept responsibility – A fatalistic attitude prevents people from accepting responsibility for their position in life. They attribute success and failure to luck. They resign themselves to their fate. They believe and accept the preordained future written in their horoscope or stars, that regardless of their effort whatever has to happen will happen. Hence they never put in any effort and complacency becomes a way of life. They wait for things to happen rather than make them happen.
  • Lack of Purpose – Burning desire to succeed is the driving force behind every success. If a person has the desire to accomplish something, the direction to know his objective, the dedication to stay focused, and the discipline required to put in the hard work, then other things come easy. But if you don’t have them, it doesn’t matter what else you have. Character is the foundation upon which all else is built. It endures.
  • Lack of Courage – Successful people seek courage and strength to overcome obstacles. They look at what is left rather than what is lost. Prayers are only answered when they are supported with courageous action. It is courage and character that makes the difference between the ordinary and the extraordinary. Remember, courage without character is oppression.

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