Setting a goal is not enough. You will also need something called willpower.

According to psychologists, willpower is a person’s ability to take control of their actions in pursuit of a greater goal.

Those who lack willpower are missing the main tool for accomplishing a change in their lives, no matter how dissatisfied with their current situation they might be. Therefore, they expect someone else to do the hard job instead of them; politicians, parents, god, faith…

When nothing happens, those with the lack of willpower have someone to blame; politicians, parents, god, faith…

Willpower depends on the story we tell ourselves.

If on a daily basis we say to ourselves that we don’t have the willpower to change the job, it means that we would rather stay at the current place which we hate than to take all necessary steps to change the job; whether it’s taking a course, changing the environment, or simply applying to other jobs.

If, on the other hand, we say to ourselves that we are going to do anything to change our job, we will able to move mountains if that’s what we need to do in order to reach the goal.

The next time you set yourself a goal, ask yourself what you’re willing to do to reach it, whether you have enough willpower for that. If you’re not sure, set smaller goals which require less effort.

Also, when you start whining about politicians, parents, god, faith… double check what you are willing to go through before you make that first step towards a change.