Do you have dreams, desires, projects or goals that you haven’t been able to achieve? Often we haven’t even been able to take the first step.
For some it’s career goals such as starting your own business, changing or advancing your career or continuing your education. For others, it may be a health goal to quit smoking, lose weight or exercise more. Financial goals can be especially difficult to obtain, as can breaking the habits of procrastination and lackluster productivity.
The good news is we can be successful in any area. The bad news is we do have to put in some work to do it. Just take that first step—it’s the most difficult. Promotional Consultant Today shares these tips to overcome obstacles.
1. Be aware of barriers. If you want a different outcome this time, you have to eliminate the obstacles that are the barriers to success. Examine your past failures. It’s important to gain an understanding of what has stopped you from getting what you want or making positive changes in the past. Look back at personal failures (as well as professional aspirations where you just couldn’t quite hit the mark.)
2. Examine patterns of behavior. We are creatures of habit, but unfortunately many of these behaviors are not helpful. Do you have a certain pattern of behavior that keeps popping up and getting in the way of your goal? Do you self-sabotage or make excuses? Do you keep so much on your plate that there is no energy left for something new? All of these are common disruptive behaviors that stand in the way of change.
3. Watch out for triggers. If you are trying to break a habit, what situations are most likely to cause a relapse? If you want to quit smoking, don’t take breaks with other smokers. Is the mall a temptation to spend money? Stay away or leave credit cards at home.
4. Plan ahead. The secret is to determine what has prevented you from succeeding in the past and to plan for a different outcome. Develop a strategy to overcome obstacles before they happen. That’s much more effective than trying to use willpower at the time. Always wanted to start a business, but just couldn’t get started? Find a mentor to walk you through to help identify pitfalls and suggest strategies that work.
Finally, whatever your goal, get help, enlist support or ask someone who’s already been successful at what you want to do. You can do it. Change is possible. Make it a great Friday.
Source: Royale Scuderi is a freelance writer and Life Success expert who specializes in personal and professional growth, improving productivity, life balance and well-being, as well as work and life success.