Saturday, September 24, 2011

7 things that stop you from succeeding

Have you been stuck on the road towards our dreams?

Are you getting frustrated and ponder why you are not advancing towards your goals?

Are you getting tossed about by the mental obstacles that you didn’t prepare for and expect to come in your way? Do you feel like throwing in the towel because you’re so sick and tired of it all?

Out of the many obstacles you may encounter on the road to your dreams, psychological obstacles are by far the most challenging obstacles to confront.
These obstacles deal with the thoughts, feelings and attitudes that have the power to stop you from making progress on your goals.

In order to reach your goals you have to be aware and prepared for what could come in your way from you and your success. Below is a list of psychological obstacles that have the power to stop you from advancing with your goals.

1. Fear

Fear is the greatest obstacle of all-it stifles our motivation and can keep us stuck in unhappy situations for years. Common fears include fear of failure, fear of disapproval, fear of making the wrong decision, fear of change and fear of stress and hassles.

2. Low frustration tolerance

Getting what we want often requires us to move out of our comfort zone. A low tolerance for frustration makes us give up easily because we are reluctant to endure the discomfort that comes with working towards our goals. Low frustration tolerance makes it difficult for us to get started as well as to preserver, especially when the going gets tough.

3. Inertia

Humans are creatures of habit. We have a tendency to continue doing the things that we have always done. Achieving success means you have to sometimes do things that you’ve never done before.
Creating change requires you to challenge your natural tendency to stick to your old ways. If you want to be cozy and stay in the comfort zone then this will stop you from achieving the success you want.

4. Low self confidence

Self confidence is our belief in our ability to get things done. When your self confidence is low you lack confidence in your own ability and therefore you are not motivated to try. This automatically stops you from giving your dreams a first shot!

5. Poorly defined goals

Knowing that something is wrong and wanting things to change is not enough. Vague or poorly defined goals are a common obstacle to success. To get what we want we need to clearly define what it is that we want to achieve. You can’t succeed in life in you’re wishy- washy about your goals. You have got to be exact about your goals and dreams.

6. Poor task approach

Defining what we want is important, but so too is knowing where to start and how to go about getting it. Poor planning and defective strategies limit our chances of success. Trying to rush into some goal without doing any proper planning will increase your risk of failure and limit your chance for success.

7. Indecisiveness

Some people don’t move on with their goals because they are indecisive. Indecisiveness stems from a fear of making the wrong decision. A lot of people have a problem with making decisions in life, get literally frozen and don’t take any action.

These people fear that if make a choice it may lead to disastrous consequences. This fear of making a bad choice keeps you stuck living a mediocre life when you could step out and eventually live the life of your dreams.

The truth is that some options may eventually lead to better outcome than others; but realistically, we can only ever make choices on the basis of information that is available to us at the time. While it is important to consider the possible outcomes of major decisions and at times to delay our actions until we have more information, in some situations we just have to go ahead and decide. Failing to do anything can sometimes be the worst decision of all.

Is there anything stopping you now?

Are you experiencing any of these obstacles on the road towards your dreams? To overcome psychological obstacles you need to know exactly what your weaknesses are. Identifying the psychological obstacles that keep you stuck can be motivating in itself.

Armed with this knowledge you must then change the way you think and respond to certain challenging and negative situations. Once you have exposed your obstacles, your next step is to plan strategies to overcome them.

When you are prepared to overcome challenges that may be thrown against you, you are surely on the way to success! Good luck on your journey and remember not to allow anything to stop you from getting your dream!

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