This subject has been playing with me for a while now as I have always had issues with my follow through with targets and goals. Personally half the problem was not knowing what I truly wanted to achieve so how could I stick to anything right? I think its a common problem most people come across in their lives at least once.
As I have mentioned above a problem you or me may have is because they simply don't know convincingly enough that they want to achieve that goal. You have to ask that question of what that goal means to you? Achieving a goal can be a pretty strong feat so it has to be something that means a lot to the individual. Ultimately after achieving a goal it changes you, it builds upon your character and WILL define you. If that goal doesn't interest you that much to the point you will just half arse it then you are setting yourself up to fail and its just a waste of your time. Just look at most new year resolutions! How many are actually completed and how many are dropped in the first week of January? I will bet there is more on the latter. That's my point though I suppose, if its doesn't mean enough to you, you won't do it. Pick something you have a genuine interest into achieving and make a plan to do so.
Another excuse is the motivation side. You can relate the lack of motivation to the point above as you can link it to not wanting it enough but I am here to tell you its separate. I personally will be unmotivated to achieve a goal I have always wanted to achieve and start but never do. It's because you need a routine and a plan. Achieving something big no doubt will take time, effort and concentration whether its to do with your fitness, work or academia. It will be hard and so its something you will NOT be able to walk straight into. Plan accordingly to whatever you wish to achieve and you will build the best starting blocks you can to enable you to have the best start. With careful planning and commitment you will see that you are more unlikely to give up. Without the planned routine and effort you will find yourself falling straight back into that old routine you were trying to escape from in the first place.
I understand scenarios come up which can throw spanners into the works such as family/friend emergencies etc but hey I wouldn't blame that failure on you, if it can even be called a failure. It's only a failure if you are the cause through your own actions. We all have failures and I know because I have had my fair share but they are experiences we learn from. Our failures in trying to achieve goals teaches us more about ourselves then those we succeed at. They tell us that we failed because they were not the right goals to aim for. The times we do succeed are the times we appreciate the most, feel accomplished and knowing that it was the right goals to achieve.
I'm just going to throw my opinion here to hopefully make a couple of people feel better. It's okay not to know what you want to do and its okay not to have a plan especially at my age still. Others my age 20-23 may have great prospects and have earned a lot already and they are lucky, but I also consider myself lucky for not being stuck in a place I don't want to be. I'm glad I have had failures as it's shown me the path to the goals that I want and need to achieve to be happy. It doesn't help that pressure mounts up on kids at the end of school, college, university and by parents to speed up our decision process because everyone is unique and will take different amounts of time to find our paths but we get there all the same.
Achieving Goals is a huge part of someones development and adds to their character and the only one who can tell you which path to take is you. Plan, engage and conquer.
Thanks guys and gals,