Today, I want to talk about seven barriers to success because I believe understanding these barriers is critical to you becoming successful.
So, if you want to identify these barriers to success that could be holding you back and want to understand how to break through any of these barriers to success, then click play and let’s get to it.
[00:00:45] Barriers to Success #1: Being Reasonable
Being reasonable means going for what we think we can get versus what it is we really want.
Just because you haven’t accomplished that thing yet doesn’t mean you can’t accomplish it, and just because you haven’t done it before, doesn’t mean you can’t do it.
There’s a difference between possibilities and probabilities.
Anything is possible, but what is “probable” depends on what you are doing now.
Focus on increasing the probabilities and don’t mind what other people think is realistic.
Dare to be unreasonable.
[00:08:59] Barriers to Success #2: More of the Same
We want to make sure that what we are doing is what we should be doing.
Continuing to do more of what we’ve done before is not necessarily the right thing.
Remember that things are constantly shifting around us, so what worked before does not guarantee success today.
Think about companies like Pan American Airlines and Blockbuster which were once market leaders.
They got caught up in doing more of the same and lost their position.
Step back and evaluate where you are now and where you want to be in a few months or years.
Do you need to do things differently or do you need to do different things?
[00:17:56] Barriers to Success #3: Doubt
Doubt means believing in your limits instead of your unlimited potential.
Granted, we’re influenced by environments, by people, personalities, and attitudes, and sometimes we can become influenced by what happened in our past.
But once you set your mind and energy on something, doubt is an abuse of your belief system.
In fact, it’s a personal abuse because we’re the ones that choose our doubts.
The antidote is to have faith.
Start by looking backward on what you have already accomplished in life and all the skills you have acquired along the way.
Choose to have faith that you have what it takes to achieve your goals.
[00:28:17] Barriers to Success #4: Faith in The Familiar
We find comfort in old routines yet if we want a new result, we must be prepared to get out of our comfort zone.
Even if you’re happy with the same result, you have to know when it’s necessary to change.
In 2007, 2008, 2009, people were continuing to do the familiar; getting up, going to work, doing their jobs, but they got laid off.
Something had changed dramatically, and it was out of their control.
Comfort, like procrastination, is hypnotic but what makes you comfortable is not what’s going to make you great.
Decide where you want to go.
[00:32:42] Barriers to Success #5: Picking the wrong risk
Risks are inevitable in life.
When you risk being in love, you risk being hurt.
When you risk winning, you risk losing.
The question is, will this risk move me towards my goals, vision, and mission, or is it going to keep me defending what it is that I have?
Where there is a small risk, there is probably only small rewards and small winnings.
Use your intelligence and get proper counsel but go out there and risk it all to win it all.
You’ve got one life, don’t put it on the shelf because you’re afraid of losses.
[00:35:55] Barriers to Success #6: Passivity
There are those that want to succeed, and then there are those that refuse to live without it.
Those that only want success are relaxed in their comfort zone, talking about it, wishing and wanting, but not rolling up their sleeves to “put their belly to the bar.”
You can believe in the law of attraction, but without work, no amount of speaking will bring success into existence.
It’s okay to have a vision, a mental image as a blueprint for your goals.
In fact, it is necessary to have that image to help you plan.
But then you have to get to work to achieve it.
[00:41:20] Barriers to Success #7: Preparation
Preparation is not bad! But planning and preparing for too long turns into procrastination.
Every plan that you expect to execute is an assumption that it will work and the only way to prove our assumptions right or wrong is to take action.
It’s great to have coaches, mentors, consultants, or go to seminars, read books and listen to shows like this, but action is your biggest teacher.
A seed in a drawer will always remain a seed and never becomes the harvest.
Go out there, plant yourself with action, and produce the harvest that you can produce, by overcoming these seven barriers to success.
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