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When we get derailed or experience a major setback or failure, it always takes us by surprise. Sure, the going was a little rough but we just didn’t see it coming. At least, that’s what we think.
Getting derailed is serious. It could mean having to start all over again or worse, ditch a project altogether. It’s one of the main causes of not finishing what we start and if this happens often enough, our whole life course can be impacted.
But you can avoid derailment by being alert to the warning signs. That’s right, a derailment shouldn’t come as a surprise because there are always red flags that indicate you’re heading for big trouble.
Here are 5 key warning signs to be on the lookout for:
You’re procrastinating too much
If you’re constantly procrastinating rather than acting, it’s a sure sign that something’s wrong. Your loss of motivation causes you to procrastinate and this could be due to many reasons.
It’s your job to quickly find out what they are.
Usually, a quick review of your goals and timeframes to ensure that they’re realistic can resolve the issue. Make any modifications you need to, roll up your sleeves and get to work!
Take a look back at your vision. What are you building, why are you building it?? Vision can often get us back on track. If you don’t have a vision, (the Vision Board Project is a great resource!!) it may be time to do some visioning. Write it down, make an image for it, revisit it every day. Vision can help re-inspire you and motivate you out of procrastination!
Work has to be redone
When work results are poor and have to be redone (whether you’re responsible or others are to blame), this is a big red flag. It means you could be headed for that one big, irrevocable error that could completely derail you.
Usually, the reason is poor communication of task requirements or poor skills. Pinpoint what the problem is and take quick measures to fix it, and closely monitor work outcomes.
You’re falling back on deadlines
Whether you’re working to your own deadlines or have an assigned one, it doesn’t matter. Consistently falling behind is the biggest motivation-zapper of all. It could simply be due to unrealistic deadlines or goals, and these should be modified. Of course, if the goals are NOT unrealistic then modifying them is not the answer — accountability and follow through may be needed.
It’s important to assess what could be going on. Pinpointing the problem will allow you to quickly get back on track with your deadlines.
You lack motivation
The loss of motivation means mediocre or poor work outcomes, or even finding an excuse to quit altogether. Reflect on why you find the work at hand boring or frustrating.
Sometimes, injecting some enjoyment into a task or project can reignite your motivation. You can do this by mixing up your routine, changing your surroundings and finding new and creative ways to do things. Setting up a reward for work done each day and a bigger reward for the complete project. We do this in Accountability Coaching with daily rewards and bigger rewards.
You’re making excuses to quit
When things get difficult, it’s easy to find a dozen excuses for quitting – and having to admit defeat and failure is the worst kind of derailment because it destroys your self-confidence and self-discipline.
Learning to see obstacles as exciting challenges that you’re totally capable of overcoming will kill your thoughts about quitting and keep you fired up. Shifting your mindset to seeing these as challenges puts you in a better place to finish what you start and overcome the challenges.
Don’t let derailment take you by surprise again and empower yourself to finish what you start with success and outstanding results. Stay alert to these 5 signs that you’re getting derailed.
Recognizing the signs of derailment early on and addressing them can effectively keep you moving forward with your project.
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