Stop Blocking Your Own Progress

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Sometimes, we tend to blame others for our failures, whether it’s in our careers or personal life. In some cases, we have a right to do so depending on the circumstances. However, sometimes we have all of the tools available to succeed, but we don’t have any follow-through. The only person that you can blame is yourself.  Typically, we:

  1. Lack motivation. There are times when we become lazy. We want something, but we are not willing to put in the time and effort to get it.   One suggestion is to find a friend or mentor that can motivate you. Sometimes that one phone call or meeting can give you that “push” that you need to succeed.
  2. Speak “gloom and doom” into our lives. Words are very powerful. Look at everything from a positive standpoint. It’s okay to fail. You tried and failed; you need to try another strategy that works for you.
  3. Don’t like to make changes. Change is hard for many of us, but your situation won’t improve if you are stagnant.
  4. Go backwards in progress. Many of us manage to move forward and accomplish our goals; then we regress and fall back into old patterns that were unsuccessful.
  5. Let our fears get the best of us. We are afraid of the unknown. We want to start our own business. We want to write that book. Whatever your dream is, you’re afraid of failure. I always think about Mary Kay Ash. What would have happened if she had let her fears stop her from starting her dream company? If you don’t take a chance, you will always have regrets.
  6. Don’t use our talents and other resources. There are those of us that have various gifts and talents such as writing, singing, public speaking, money management, and design. Unlock those gifts. You can have a real impact on the lives of others.

I hope this information is encouraging. Envision where you see yourself in 6 months. Write down your goals and place the list in plain sight, like your bathroom mirror or refrigerator. When you achieve a goal, cross it out. Don’t forget that when you work hard, you can play hard.

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