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Source: AliDavies.com

If you want to achieve your goals, it is important to be aware of the things that might get in your way.

Or maybe you know you are not achieving your goals but aren’t sure why.

Here are some common reasons people don’t achieve their goals.

You might want to check that you aren’t falling into any of these traps.

8 Reasons You Are Not Achieving Your Goals

1. You haven’t set any!

Sometimes a small micro-grant can make a huge difference to an artist–just $200-$1000 can make completing the next significant career step in an artist’s life possible.

The pilot program of the Small But Mighty Arts Grant is looking to do just that by awarding 3-5 Philadelphia-based artists with up to $500 each to continue and complete a creative project as well as put their work out into the community.

The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) knows that microbusiness owners can always use a little money to get a leg up. That's why they created their grant program to help members take their businesses to the next level.

About Small Business Grants from the NASE:

Worth up to $5,000 each, NASE Members can apply for a grant useful for financing a particular small business need. Past recipients used their grant for computers, farm equipment, to hire part-time help, marketing materials and more. What does your business need? 

Source: Entrepreneur.com, 4/10/2013

Raising money for your startup is an ongoing concern for first-time (and often, long-time) business owners. The fact is: securing money can be a challenge. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.

Another fact: most people simply don't invest enough time and energy into getting their ducks in a row to secure proper financing, which is why so many owners default to bootstrapping their operations.

Source: Fox Business Small Business Center, 10/25/13

When it comes to money, small-business owners walk a tightrope between personal needs and the demands of running a business.

A recent survey by Deloitte Center for Financial Services found that only 52% of business owners have a financial plan, and yet nearly nine in ten say they feel somewhat or very secure about their retirement. For the business owners who had a financial plan, almost all felt secure, with the percentage rising to 96%.

Source: Entrepreneur.com, 10/24/13

Crowdfunding isn't easy. Some projects fail because there isn't a place in the market. Other campaigns fail because they aren't far enough along in product development to convince people to jump onboard. And some fail simply because they don't have enough planning or strategy in place before they launch.

Source: HuffingtonPost.com, 6/19/13

20 years, 10 months and 43 days ago Lorraine Gregory Corporation was formed and purchased a tiny business that prepared bulk mailings for about 40 clients. Today the company works for 1,200 businesses, institutions and organizations providing a full complement of marketing services while employing 35.

So what does it take to get to this level and beyond? Three major ingredients have led our growth. Fear, desire and courage. An interesting mix for sure. A healthy balance of each is key.

Source: NYTimes.com, 6/7/13

Over my last two columns, I’ve discussed how not to hire a Web developer and how to build a Web site you love. But for some small businesses, there are other options — alternatives to building or refreshing a Web site.

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