There are plenty of bad habits out there that can keep you from reaching your goals.

It’s important to have goals. They help us to keep changing and growing throughout our lives. But no matter what your goals are, there’s a good chance you have a bad habit or two that can keep you from reaching them. We all have bad habits — it’s just human nature — but the people who are able to actually reach the goals they set for themselves are the ones who are able to break those bad habits. If you haven’t already, check out our previous blog to learn about a few of the bad, goal-hindering habits you should avoid. Here are a few more.

Bad Habit #6. You don’t make room in your schedule.

In our previous post, we talked about how making excuses holds you back from reaching your goals. Out of all of the excuses people make, “I don’t have time,” has to be the most common. We all have time constraints in our schedules, and that’s why that one excuse is so very common. However, if you are really serious about actually reaching your goals, it’s essential that you make time in your schedule to do so. By adding time into you schedule to work towards reaching your goals — whether that means going to the gym, writing 1,000 more words or making a healthy, homemade meal — you’ll set yourself up for success and eliminate one of the biggest excuses people make.

Bad Habit #7. You give up at the first sign of trouble.

Reaching your goals is often a journey that takes time, consistency and patience, and you can bet, there will be a few bumps along the way. There will be days when you don’t feel motivated to keep going, or days when you are just discouraged. If you give up at the first sign of trouble, you’ll never make it. But, when you are able to overcome the challenges of those bad days, it makes reaching your goal that much better. A good strategy for achieving your goal should include a plan for getting you through the bad days. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to find a buddy to go on the journey with.

Bad Habit #8. You procrastinate.

You don’t always feel like giving 100 percent of your time and energy toward reaching your goal, we get it. However, saving the work for future you to deal with is not going to help you make any progress, because, let’s get real, future you probably won’t feel like doing it either. The only way to ensure that you’ll reach your goal is to consistently work towards it. Bottom line: it doesn’t do any good to put off working towards your goal.

Bad Habit #9. You blame others.

Earlier, we talked about how there will inevitably be a few hardships in your journey towards reaching your goal. That’s just life. Many people fall into the trap of blaming others when they face those hardships. For example, “I didn’t work out for two whole weeks because the people I work with have been stressing me out so much.” Unfortunately, if you blame your struggles on others and fail to recognize your own role, you’ll never learn from those hardships. A much healthier way to look at that situation would be, “I didn’t work out for two whole weeks because I let myself get stressed out about work. I should learn how to deal with my stress so that it won’t continue to derail my goals.”

Bad Habit #10. You’re a naysayer.

Whether you reach your goal or you don’t largely depends on your own attitude. Thoughts like, “I can’t,” or, “It’s not possible,” won’t do anything be demotivate you from trying. As long as you start with a realistic goal, you CAN reach it — you just have to believe it.

Nothing keeps you from reaching your goal like a bad habit will. We all have them, but overcoming them is an essential piece of the puzzle in achieving your goal. Let the Goal Plus goal setting app help you successfully reach each and every one of your goals. Download it on your Android phone today!