You probably set hundreds of goals? Perhaps thousands? But how many have you actually achieved? If you’re like me, the second number is going to be a fraction of the first. Most often the things that stop us from achieving our goals, those road blocks, are just part of the process and we shouldn’t consider ourselves as having failed.
According to Jack Canfield, if you can identify the road blocks and learn to accept them, then you are more likely to achieve your goals! Great news. Here are the 3 most common road blocks to achieving our goals.
- Our own sabotaging negative thoughts can be a very real road block. Very often when we set our goals, there is a little inner voice that says things like: I’m going to have to work twice as hard; I’m going to have even less time for my family; etc. These negative thoughts are all the reasons why you should even attempt your goal and all the rationalizations as to why your goal is impossible. However, if you bring all these negative thoughts to the forefront, even write them down, it becomes so much easier to face them and then move past the road block.
- We often have many fears that pop up when we state a goal. However, FEAR really stands for False Evidence Appearing Real. What has your inner voice said? Things like I’m not able to achieve that (fear of failure); what if they say no (fear of rejection) or what if I do it and it winds up being too much work (fear of success). It’s perfectly normal to have thoughts like those. One of the best ways to conquer those road blocks is to talk to someone you trust about them. Know that fear is part of the process and move on.
- There also could be external or circumstantial road blocks. Your biggest competitor could land a prospect that you’ve been courting for months; your flight to an important meeting gets cancelled; you have a family crisis. This type of road block is unpredictable — although we can almost predict that something will show up. Think of them as the universe testing you to see how badly you want to achieve your desired goal. So how can you move that road block out of your way — be tenacious and act like a 5 year old. Don’t take it personally and just keep going.
“Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.” (Les Brown)
Now that you’ve identified the road blocks and have some tactics to push them out of the way, you should be well on your way to achieving your goals. Be ‘SuperGirl’ — I know you can do anything!