We all want to be successful, but what really stops us from achieving our dreams?
How many of us allow our fears to cripple us?
Everyone gets gripped with fear some time or the other. However, fear is the basic human emotion people experience on a daily basis.
Fear of failure. Fear of rejection. Fear of criticism. Fear of being imperfect. Fear of change. Fear to take risks. Even fear of success. Fear has always been the biggest stumbling block to success.
Fear confines you to your comfort zone and prevents you from stepping out and unleashing your full potential. It is fear that makes you avoid risks and keeps you chained to your limiting beliefs.
Fear is that frightful thing you see when you take your eyes off the goal. A mind focused on doubt and fear cannot focus on the journey to victory.
You are draining your energy by focusing on the negative rather than focusing on the possibilities. Only when you focus on the possibilities will you be inspired to be creative and come up with a plan to navigate the obstacles before you.
Excuses are rationalizations we make to ourselves about people, events and circumstances. They are invented reasons we create to defend our behavior, to neglect taking a particular kind of action, or simply as a means of negating responsibility.
Not only will excuses prevent you from reaching your full potential, but they will also hold you back from recognizing opportunities, talents and skills you might have, to help you overcome your problems.
Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure. There is always a perfectly good excuse, always a reason not to. The hardest freedom to win is the freedom from one’s excuses.
To overcome your excuses you must first admit that you are making them in the first place. Sometimes this is difficult to do, however, it’s absolutely necessary and critical if you want to eliminate the resulting consequences.
- Not having a definite Plan
Strategic planning helps you avoid the stall and get off the plateau you find yourself on. Failure to plan is planning to fail. You will stick to your comfort zone never realizing how great you can be.
“Definiteness of Purpose is the starting point of all achievement,” wrote Napoleon Hill.
Your major definite purpose can be defined as the one goal that is most important to you at the moment. It is usually the one goal that will help you to achieve more of your other goals than anything else you can accomplish.
Your Plan must be SMART.
Comparison is the thief of Joy.
Comparison is corrosive. It eats away at your ability to be content and confident. It is a poison that kills the love you have for yourself. And jealousy is often it’s partner in crime.
Comparison leads to a “better than versus worse than” mentality and feelings of superiority or inadequacy — neither of which helps us to be content and contributing members of a healthy community.
We are all unique beings who are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are an original and not a copy. There is no other person who can be You. So why not accept this simple fact and stick to your lane?
The dangers of trying to be someone else or following what you think is expected of you, is that, when you reach at the top, you realize that the ladder was leaning against the wrong wall. And you have to start over as you are overwhelmed with emptiness.
Success comes as a result of The Compound Effect
Now that you have eliminated your doubts and fears and have come up with a definite plan, you need to take 100% responsibility for your actions.
Your decisions shape your destiny. From what you eat and when to work, to the people you spend your time with, to how you spend your afternoon; every choice shapes how you live today, but most importantly, how you live the rest of your life.
Consistency is Key.
You have to keep working away for a while, consistently and efficiently, before we begin to see the payoff. This is called the Compound Effect.