🌼7 Significant Obstacles You Must Overcome to Be Successful in Life (READ THIS DAILY)
Success requires overcoming many obstacles along your journey
7 significant obstacles you must overcome to be successful in life
“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” — Molière, a French playwright, actor, and poet
Whatever success we hope to attain in life, we will face obstacles. It’s the harsh reality of life.
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Are you ready to seize your chance to overcome these obstacles, or will you miss your chance?
The key is to be prepared for life’s major obstacles and be equipped with the knowledge you need to succeed. Often, we self-sabotage our success because the external challenges we experience are just challenges that we wrestle with daily.
It boils down to our mindset about obstacles and how we view success. It all starts within you.
“Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.” — Joyce Brothers, an American psychologist, TV personality, columnist, and writer
Here are seven significant obstacles you must overcome to achieve success in life. Let’s dive in to talk about those barriers we all experience in life and what you can do to conquer them, so you are successful.
1. Comparing Yourself to Others
“Comparison robs you of joy. Learn from others. Don’t compare.” — David Meltzer, a speaker, author, and entrepreneur
Comparing ourselves to others is natural because it helps show us how we can improve. It’s human nature to be curious and learn about others.
However, when you compare yourself to others all the time, you can sabotage your success. You start to feel inferior. Less secure. You begin to feel like a failure, even though you are not.
The bottom line is that you don’t have to keep up with the Joneses. You’ll drain your energy and demotivate yourself. You don’t have to keep up with others and size yourself up to others.
When you compare yourself to someone, you don’t know what chapter of their life they are in. You can’t compare your chapter one to their chapter 20. The next time you browse your social media feed, remember that you only see the best part of others, not their struggles, tears, and pain.
“The only thing to fear is fear itself.” — Franklin Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States
Fear happens when we think we are not safe and secure. It is helpful when there is a real threat. However, when the fear is imaginary, it can prevent you from reaching your goals.
Fear can come from rejection, loss, failure, and pain. It can be the fear of being judged. It can be the fear of travel. Whatever type of fear you may or may not have, you must become mindful of it and its power over you.
Notice your body when you experience the emotion of fear and write down or visualize what you are afraid may happen. Then, imagine your strengths in dealing with this fear and how it feels to have the solutions to handle it. You can convince your mind not to allow fear to be present and think about how you overcame challenging times before.
3. How You Talk to Yourself
“The reason that I can’t find the enemy is that I have yet to look within myself.” — Craig D. Lounsbrough, a professional counselor and author
Your inner monologue is powerful. Are you encouraging yourself, or do you have negative self-speak? How you talk to yourself can serve as a big hurdle.
Are you telling yourself stories that are sabotaging your success?
Many people believe that our inner monologue is what helps us become better people. Overcoming negative self-talk is critical to your success.
Our mindset is our most critical asset. Yet we trip over ourselves time and time again. Our positive outlook on life and our career can be tainted quickly because we can go from “I’m the best” to “I can’t do this.” It would help if you reframed negative self-talk and didn’t point out what’s wrong all the time.
4. Seeking Perfection
“I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence I can reach for; perfection is God’s business.” — Michael J. Fox, a Canadian actor
Some of us crave perfection more than others. Getting stuff done is better than being perfect. You will have trouble if you seek perfectionism. When you want everything to be perfect, you decrease your output.
Perfection is about not admitting to errors or weaknesses. Instead of seeking perfection, seek excellence, where you strive to do your best and allow yourself to accept failure. You make mistakes, learn from them, and grow.
Perfection doesn’t provide you with a big shot at success. If you are a perfectionist, try new things, let go of your expectations, and don’t do everything on your to-do list.
Remember that perfection is results-focused, not process-focused, while excellence is process-focused, not outcome-focused. Perfection is the enemy of growth. Change your mindset from perfection to excellence and focus and embrace life’s journey, not the outcome.
5. Not Setting Boundaries
“If someone gets mad at you for creating a boundary, consider that a good sign that the boundary was necessary.” — Jenna Korf, an author
Boundaries are crucial to achieving access. Setting boundaries is a vital social skill in today’s modern world, where our personal and professional lives blur together. Boundaries help us clearly and concisely communicate with others and ourselves.
Boundaries determine the perimeter of what you will and will not tolerate. They protect you from harmful experiences. When you have healthy boundaries, you let others know what you want, how you want to be treated, and your plans.
If you don’t have clear boundaries, you won’t be successful because you will create conflict within yourself, resulting in roadblocks to success. The desire for harmony can be strong, and it can be easy to let others make decisions instead of creating conflict. Identify what you like, don’t like, and what you want in life. Then, tell others and be firm about it.
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6. Expectation Management
“I hope you do not let anyone else’s expectations direct the course of your life.” — Julianne Donaldson, an award-winning author
It would help if you set reasonable expectations for yourself and not let other people’s expectations of you guide what you should or shouldn’t do in life. We all have expectations in life, and if our expectations or other people’s expectations are not met, we tend to act emotionally.
Expectations can sabotage you if you are not careful. For example, dreams must be grounded, or significant disappointments can occur. You could lose your drive to succeed if you don’t manage your expectations and those of others. Be mindful not to set the bar too high or too low.
7. An Unreasonable Definition of Success
“Success is the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.” — Oxford dictionary
What’s your definition of success? What does success mean to you? What must happen to make you feel successful?
It would be best if you defined what success means to you. It can be wealth, happiness, or fame. The definition of success varies from person to person because what drives one person is different from what drives another person.
If you set an unreasonable definition of success, you may only seek one specific outcome. When you allow multiple outcomes, you may find that success is easier to achieve. Brainstorm outcomes you could experience to achieve success and continue to evolve your definition of success.
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Bringing It All Together
“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. Don’t turn around and give up if you run into a wall. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” — Michael Jordan, an American businessman and former professional basketball player
There are seven major obstacles you must overcome to be successful in life. These are comparing yourself to others, fear, how you talk to yourself, seeking perfection, not setting boundaries, expectation management, and an unreasonable definition of success.
Success in life is about jumping over hurdles along your journey. You may trip and fall, you may hit a hurdle, or you may not be the fastest hurdle jumper. That’s okay. The key is to jump over one hurdle at a time and not give up.
“Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.” — Roger Crawford, a tennis player and motivational speaker
CONTRIBUTED BY Matthew Royse
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