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There are many sorts of problems that can hinder an employee who is trying to reach a goal that they have set for themselves. Let us look at two important types of problems.
First, it is possible that the employee does not have the skills or capabilities that are needed to achieve a given goal. An employee may have all the motivation in the world, but if they lack a given set of skills, they will not be able to achieve their goal. Imagine, for example, a sales person who has a certain level of sales as his goal. He may try hard, but he may simply not have a knack for relating to people and getting them to trust him. In such a case, he may have a hard time attaining his goals.
Second, it is possible that the employee does have the skills and motivation, but has other problems in her life that prevent her from putting her full attention to her work. For example, let us imagine that a worker has gotten divorced and is in a custody battle with her ex-husband. In this sort of situation, the worker may not be able to devote enough time or emotional energy to her job.
There are many other possible problems, but these are two that could hinder goal attainment.