It’s hard to find someone that doesn’t want to succeed. However, success can be elusive, because there are so many obstacles to getting there. These obstacles aren’t fatal, but they greatly decrease progress, and if they are not avoided, the resulting frustration can make the average person consider quitting altogether.
Avoid these common stumbling blocks to success:
- Not doing enough. Highly successful people are notorious for outworking everyone else. Success can be simple, but it often requires long hours of hard work. Be smart in your approach, but also be determined to outwork your competition.
- A lack of consistency. You can’t follow a diet 50% of the time and expect to reach your weight-loss goal. Your efforts must be consistent if success is the objective. Create daily habits and stick with them.
- Measure your consistency as well as your progress. Then notice how they correlate. Keeping a journal will help you see clearly how well you’re progressing.
- Having too many goals. Juggling too many projects can result in poor results. Decide which of your objectives is most important and concentrate your efforts accordingly. Avoid spreading yourself too thin. After you’ve accomplished your top 2 or 3 goals, you can return to the others.
- Unclear objectives. If you’re uncertain about what you want, your results will be limited. Be very clear about your goals. It’s all in the details. can you clearly define your goals without having to think about them? Could you just rattle your goals off to another person? Do you have them written down? Will it be clear when you’ve accomplished them?
- Limiting beliefs. Doubt and uncertainty are your worst enemies in business. Negative thoughts provide negative results. So, keep your thoughts and expectations positive.
- When you think about achieving a big goal, what runs through your mind? Do you feel motivation or a sense of dread? Is your self-talk positive or negative?
- Do you believe you can be successful? Do you believe you can be highly successful? What’s stopping you from being the most successful person your know? If you haven’t already, start a business journal and make the answers to these questions your first entry.
- Failing to get expert advice. Whether you want to make $100 million, bicycle across the country, or learn how to ballroom dance, there are people who have accomplished those very things. It only makes sense to get their assistance.
- Taking shortcuts. The key to reaching your goals faster is to work harder and smarter. However, trying to skip steps can lead to disaster. Success is accomplished one step at a time.
- Sticking to methods that aren’t working. Be attached to your outcome, but avoid being attached to the process. Your first guess on how to achieve your goal probably won’t be correct. Change your plan or tweak the process you’re using if you’re not getting the results you want. Use what works and discard what doesn’t.
- Fear. Fear can show itself in many ways. Fear of failure. Fear of success. Fear of how your friends and family will treat you if you’re successful. Fear of approaching new customers. Fear of criticism.
- Determining the source of your fear will make it easier to overcome. What are you afraid of and why?
- Less obvious symptoms of fear include fatigue, procrastination, forgetfulness, and a lack of motivation. Be clear of your objective and be willing to put in the necessary time and effort. Address any limiting beliefs and fears before they become an issue. The stumbling blocks to success can be overcome or avoided. Ensure your success by educating yourself about the potential barriers in your way.