There are external obstacles that you confront every day. That’s reality. But the external challenges aren’t the only ones you face.
Truth be told, you would be able to tackle almost anything life throws at you if you could better manage your own expectations and limiting beliefs about yourself; in other words, if you could get out of your own way.
The internal barriers you create rob you of the energy and passion you need to succeed.
Here are 6 Ways to Get Out of Your Own Way and Get Things Done:
- Just Start: There will always be a reason why you shouldn’t do something. The trick? Just start. Push through the insecurity that’s stopping you. Because once start, your momentum does, too, and you’ll roll right past any obstacles you were anxious about before you started.
- One Thing at a Time: If you are like me, you think you can do it all. But, if we’re being honest with each other, we can’t—at least not all at once. It isn’t faster to juggle more; it’s faster to focus on one thing and then move on to the next. Just like the domino effect, your “row” of to-do’s will fall one after the other—one domino at a time.
- Don’t Fail..Learn: You can’t have success without failure. Yeah, yeah, you’ve heard it before…. So why do we worry about failing when we know it’s a necessary part of the process? Do your best to expect failure, and try even harder to learn from it
- Be Consistent. Consistency will keep you going; unfailing hard work will help maintain the momentum you created by first pulling the trigger. “We are what we repeatedly do,” Aristotle once said. “Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
- Choose Friends Wisely: you know the saying “you are what you eat.” Well it’s also true when it comes to who you keep company with. Are you running with the right crowd? Because the people you interact with on a daily basis directly influence who you are and what you do. Make sure you surround yourself with people who encourage you and hold you accountable—people who you can learn positive habits from.
- Automate: On average an adult makes roughly 35,000 decisions a day. No wonder we stall out when it comes to getting started on our goals. Systematizing your processes takes decision-making out of the process, leaving more mental room for bigger and better thinking.
As always, I would love your thoughts and perspective. What do you feel is the biggest obstacle of challenge that is getting in your way? Any advice that you can give to other readers on how they can overcome and ‘get out of their own way?’