Right now, before you continue reading, do this exercise; Think about what it is that you want to achieve. What is that burning desire, that goal you want to achieve? Set your mind to how to overcome obstacles to success addressing and answering this question. Take the time to write it out, then edit, edit, edit so that you own it in your mind, and can say it clearly in a few short sentences. Doing this forces you to be specific and will remove a lot of external “sidebar goals” that can draw you away from your main focus or objective.
Next, recognize that you may be an obstacle to your success. Do you tend to whitewash some of your negative habits as ‘that is just the way I am’? Be honest and realistic with yourself. Identify these habits so that you can watch and recognize them as you set out on your journey toward your goal.
Most people, if you were to ask them would readily agree that fear and doubt are two of the major obstacles that keep them from pursuing their dreams, desires, or their goals. But let us focus beyond that and get more specific.
To help you identify your habits, here are some common obstacles that people face;
· Lack of focus
· Unclear goals
· Not knowing where to begin
· Lack of self-esteem
· Inability to let go
· Hoarding (hanging on to everything)
· Negative thinking or Negative Self-Talk
Perhaps you may find your habits in the above list, or have different ones – only you know for sure. But is that really true? Sometimes, it is wise to seek outside help from people who truly care about your well-being and success. Ask them to be honest with you and help you identify negative habits, traits, characteristics that impede your ability to achieve your success. This can be difficult if you have a sense of pride, low self-esteem, or think you have all the answers. However, it is also important to make sure that you ask only those individuals that you trust implicitly to give you honest answers.