As you start out 2014 and think about the goals you want to achieve, it’s important to understand the hinderances to success that our society expiences. Think and Grow Rich  by Napolean Hill is always a “must read” on Jay’s list. From this iconic book on success, we pulled a two-part series on the 31 Major Causes of Failure. Take note of these major causes listed below so you can be prepared to prevent these common causes of failure from destroying your chances of success in 2014 and beyond!

1. Unfavorable hereditary background.
There is but little, if anything, which can be done for people who are born with a deficiency in brain power.

2. Lack of well-defined purpose in life
There is no hope of success for the person who does not have a central purpose, or definite goal at which to aim.

3. Lack of ambition to aim above mediocrity
We offer no hope for the person who is so indifferent as not to want to get ahead of life, and who is not willing to pay the price.

4. Insufficient education
It takes more than a college degree to make one a person of education. Men are paid, not merely for what they know, but more particularly for what they do with that which they know.

5. Lack of self-discipline
Before you can control conditions, you must first control self. Self-mastery is the hardest job you will ever tackle.

6. Ill health
No person may enjoy outstanding success without good health.

7. Unfavorable environmental influences during childhood
“As the twig is bent, so shall the tree grow”.

8. Procrastination
Most of us go through life as failures, because we are waiting for the “time to be right” to start doing something worthwhile. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.

9. Lack of persistence
Most of us are good “starters” but poor “finishers” of everything we begin. The person, who makes persistence his watch-word, discovers that “Old Man Failure” finally becomes tired, and makes his departure. Failure cannot cope with persistence.

10. Negative personality
There is no hope of success for the person who repels people through a negative personality. Power is attained through the cooperative efforts of other people.

11. Lack of controlled sexual urge
Sex energy is the most powerful of all the stimuli which move people into action. Because it is the most powerful of the emotions, it must be controlled, through transmutation, and converted into other channels.

12. Uncontrolled desire for “something for nothing”
The gambling (e.g. stock margins) instinct drives millions of people to failure.

13. Lack of a well-defined power of decision
Men who succeed reach decisions promptly, and change them, if at all, very slowly. Indecision and procrastination are twin brothers. Where one is found, the other may usually be found also.

14. One or more of the six basic fears
Poverty, criticism, ill health, loss of love of someone, old age and death. They must be mastered before you can market your services effectively.

15. Wrong selection of a mate in marriage
Unless this relationship is harmonious, failure is likely to follow. Moreover, it will be a form of failure that is marked by misery and unhappiness, destroying all signs of ambition.

Tune in for the remaining causes of failure later this week!

— Your Scheduling Insitute Team