You have probably experienced it.
Once you achieve a big goal or a dream and take action towards it, you get hit with the inner mental resistance and roadblocks that keep you from starting.
What is holding you back, and how can you live your life by design and push past roadblocks and blind spots?
You might be surprised at what prevents you from achieving your desired success.
Here are five limiting beliefs and how to fix them:
1 – You wait for the perfect “right” time.
You keep putting something off because it’s not the “right” time yet. You need to make a few more improvements, or whatever it is that you’re putting off doing. You wait for the economy to improve, or for a sign that you should start. This is just your mind playing delay tactics, and there’s never going to be a perfect time. The right time is now. Only by starting will you discover what else needs to be done or improved, not before.
Procrastination and perfectionism can hold us back as recovering perfectionists. When I help people build the habits that are critical for success, many times I see that you’re not aware of what’s holding you back. Failing to start is a big one because you get stuck in analysis paralysis—there is never going to be a perfect time before starting.
The first thing that might be holding you back from success is perfectionism.
2 – You’re following someone else’s definition of success.
This means you’re comparing your performance to someone else’s (or society’s) timeline and goals. I know for me, this has held me back. Create your own definition of success. Once you do, it should be the only one you pay attention to.
3 – You stay stuck in your comfort zone because you’re afraid to fail.
Failures are a great gift! Don’t live in fear of them. Instead, view them as the ultimate way to learn and grow.
Unfortunately, when it comes to taking a bold step, for some reason, you might not commit to your dreams and postpone them. Fear is what paralyzes you and stops you from acting.
The only thing that cures your fears is action. Only via confident action can you enter your area of discomfort and expand your comfort zone.
If you’re holding yourself back because of fear of failure, you’ll never go as far. Failures are an integral part of every great success story. So, take the leap. If you fall, get up, figure out why, make the appropriate adjustments, and try again.
4 – You ask yourself the wrong questions.
You spend your time and energy wondering “if”—if what you’re doing is possible, if you’re good enough to achieve it, if it’s the right thing to do. These questions are unhelpful and suck all the energy and motivation out of you. Change these questions to how, who, and what, such as, “How will I make this happen?” “What’s the first step?” “Who can help me with this?” and spend your energy finding answers that will help you move closer to success. That means the roadblocks above will have more influence on your actions and… the best thing you can do is just not listen to them and find the right guidance and support.
5 – You’re always in a rush.
You may think you’re doing everything you possibly can, but sometimes it takes slowing down and practicing deep mindfulness and self-awareness—like many of us are doing as we reflect on the past few turbulent years and plan for the ones ahead—to see your blind spots.
These roadblocks are the reasons why so many people give up on their dreams even before starting to work on them, because…
… these roadblocks don’t keep you from achieving your goals.
Rather, they keep you from doing the most important thing for success—taking action.
Here’s how to fix it to live a life by design. The ONLY way to beat your inner roadblocks is to do what they’re holding you from doing—take action!
Even if it’s a small action, take it. Because once you take the smallest action, your brain notices that it’s not hard to do, so you’ll continue to take actions towards your goals.
And if you do it consistently, the inner roadblocks will start to fade away, and you’re going to take action without thinking about it.
Because you’re taking action, you’ll start seeing some light at the end of the tunnel and…
… that’ll push you to move forward.
I hope you found this helpful!
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