One of the biggest reasons we do not actualize our goals is because when we are faced with an unexpected barrier that we're unsure how to deal with, we have the tendency to shut down.
Many people become discouraged, start making excuses, and allow themselves to walk away.
While this is human and a natural tendency, it's not conducive to success.
An important step that you can take to avoid this common problem is to create backup plans for those little "what ifs" that may arise.
"What if I don't pass the prerequisite course?"
"What if I don't get the loan?"
"What if I run out of time?"
"What if the marketing doesn't work?"
"What if I just don't feel like it?"
These are all very real barriers that keep us from realizing our life dreams.
By planning for them, we greatly improve our chances of succeeding and experience the power of being unstoppable.
There are two kinds of barriers: internal and external.
Let's break them down here.
1. Internal Barriers
Internal barriers include the thoughts you have about your goals, past successes, and yourself in general, that keep you from being successful.
They include your personal fears, motivations, self-esteem, and paradigms.
Here are some examples and how to overcome them.
Solution - Shift that mindset!
Have 3-5 affirmations ready to repeat to yourself throughout the day.
Solution - Commit to working on it for a set period of time.
Schedule it in your planner like you would schedule an important appointment.
Remember that 10 minutes is better than never showing up.
And, once you start, you will likely find yourself continuing to work past the 10 minutes.
Solution - Have a friend help make phone calls or hire a part-time freelancer who is skilled in this area.
Solution - Work on the goal first thing in the morning to get it accomplished before moving on to other less important things.
2. External Barriers
External barriers include barriers such as money, time, other people's reactions, resources, and results.
We are not in direct control of them, but they can affect how we work and we can still plan around them.
Here are some examples and how to overcome them:
Solution - Ask questions to find out why they turned it down, adjust if possible, and resubmit it if you still want to work with this client.
Alternatively, believe that there are other clients who might be more in alignment with your brand or vision.
Solution - Find supportive, like-minded people through social media or local meetups.
Your friends will not always understand your biggest dreams and visions and that's okay.
Solution - Pad the timeline and notify the client of this possibility in advance.
Realign the timeline to work on other projects until the materials arrive.
Solution - Find free or lower-cost alternatives. Use more affordable services like Fiverr and Upwork.
Make extra money through a part-time side gig like freelancing or working for a delivery service.
Remember this isn't your end goal, but rather a means to an end.
Practice this technique with even your small, short-term goals.
It feels great to know that when a brick wall appears in your path, you have the perfect solution for getting around it and getting back on the road to achievement!
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