When you set a goal, you can get really excited about it. But, while you’re working towards your goal, an obstacle often occurs that causes you falter. You may keep going or quit all together. It’s important to recognize the obstacles in your path that are preventing you from achieving your goals. Here are three obstacles holding you back from achieving your goals and how to over come them.
One obstacle you face on a daily basis is your own personal habits. You may have a few habits that are keeping you from making progress towards your goals. Perhaps that’s sleeping in, procrastinating, watching tv, scrolling social media, etc. Acknowledge the habits that are hindering you. For a few days, you may need to keep a daily log as to how you’re spending your time. This will allow you to easily spot the chunks of time you’re wasting on unproductive things.
Then, replace these unproductive habits with something that will help you to achieve your goals. You may need to set a trigger for yourself such as a morning alarm, a note on the tv remote, or wallpaper on your phone that will make you stop and think before proceeding with your usual habits. These triggers are pattern interrupts that will give you the chance to do something else rather than your normal habit. Recognize the habits that aren’t helping you to achieve your goals and set some pattern interrupt triggers that will shift your focus onto doing things that will help you to make progress towards your goals.
Your own limiting beliefs are a huge player in throwing obstacles in your path. When this happens, you begin to question yourself and your goal. You might believe who are you to be trying to achieve something this, or maybe you’re too young, old, fill in the blank, etc. Whatever these beliefs might be, it comes down to how you feel about your worth. You are enough and you are completely capable of achieving your goals. Do not let the limiting beliefs, fears, self doubts, and worries take over. Be strong and know that you set this goal for a reason. You can do this.
Catch yourself when your mind slips into a negative thought pattern. When this happens, turn to things that inspire you and motivate you. It could be journaling about your thoughts, going for a walk to clear your head, listening to music, reading something encouraging, or watching a video that lights you and gets you excited about what you want to achieve again. Create a list of things you can do to reset your mind with positivity.
Sometimes other people can be an obstacle to successfully achieving your goal. Maybe other people don’t believe in what you’re trying to achieve and they constantly speak their negative thoughts to you. You might even start to believe these thoughts yourself. Don’t! Do not let other people hold you back from achieving the greatness you’re meant to have in your life. This is your life and you can achieve success while dreaming as big as you want.
Choose to surround yourself with people who lift you up, encourage you, and provide support to achieve your goals. If you don’t have these people in your immediate community, then search online social media groups or seek out people who are trying to achieve something similar. A strong community of support will help you stay motivated to achieve your goals. Especially when you hit obstacles along the way.
Acknowledge what obstacles are holding you back from achieving your goals. This could be habits that you routinely do that are preventing you from making progress towards your goals. Recognize what these habits are and set pattern interrupt triggers to put your focus back on tasks that will support you in achieving your goals. Next, notice when your mindset is consumed by negativity with limiting beliefs, fears, self doubts, and worries. When this happens, refer to your list of things that will bring you back to a positive state. Lastly, limit your time with other people who do not believe in what you’re trying to achieve. Instead, surround yourself with people that are supportive of you and your goals. Knowing the obstacles that are preventing you from achieving your goals is the first step in being able to overcome them.