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Overcoming 5 Common Barriers to Achieving Success

By on November 1, 2012

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Achieving success is a very fulfilling moment for anybody willing to endure the effort and sacrifice it took to accomplish goals they had set for themselves.  The sad fact is however that many fail to ever meet their goals and objectives leaving them feeling empty and discontent. Whether it is success in life or success in business just about everybody has the desire to achieve one or the other or both. What is it that keeps people from gaining the inner happiness and content that is a natural by-product of this personal achievement?

Let’s have a look at 5 common barriers that either inhibit or stop people in their pursuit of any goals and objectives that they may have.

Lack of Direction

To set goals you first need to determine what it is that you want to accomplish. As strange as it may seem to goal oriented people there are those who are content to just ‘float’ along without any attempt to better themselves or their situation.

On the other hand there are those who do have goals but are unfamiliar with how to establish the proper plan or necessary steps needed to reach their objectives. This is quite often the case for people who fail to achieve the success in business that they are looking for.

Negative Feedback 

Receiving negative feedback from your peers is the quickest way to undermine your own self-confidence and thereby give up your goals or beliefs. The key here is to identify this ‘pitfall’ in advance and avoid these types of people. There is no better or quicker way to lose your enthusiasm, motivation, or positive energy then to have people like this drain you with their constant ‘negative’ reinforcement.

Fear of Failure

As crazy as it seems it is ‘normal’ psychology for people to fear failure and as a result decide to not even try. The ‘reasoning’ is that if you do not try you cannot fail. As ‘twisted’ as this may seem to some it is a ‘workable’ defense psychology for people afraid to fail.

Don’t Know How to Set Goals

Goal planning involves not only determining ‘exactly’ what it is you want but also evaluating whether your goals are realistic. Do you possess or have access to the needed skills and resources that are required to attain these goals.

Ambition is great but ‘blind’ ambition will only set you up for failure and frustration. Repeated failure and frustration will discourage any future goal setting by these same people therefore it is important to keep goals realistic. Anything other than that is a dream.

Lack of Motivation

Some people possess the mentality of ‘it was a good idea at the time’ and therefore quickly retreat when they are confronted with challenges in pursuit of their goals.

A strong inner desire is needed to achieve any goals worthy of note. A lack of motivation is probably the most common reason people give up when chasing after any objectives they set for themselves.

Achieving success is something that anybody would welcome in their lives. The joy and fulfillment that comes when you accomplish goals you have set for yourself is a reward worth having all by itself. Unfortunately however there are certain common barriers that can block people from the success in life they so deeply want. As we have identified above some barriers can even completely block any attempts at putting forth any effort whatsoever. By having a clearer understanding of what causes these barriers however we can place ourselves in a better position to avoid or break through them. The end result should be that many people will now experience the joy of personal achievement that at one time eluded them. This in turn will lead to a richer and more rewarding life.

 

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About T.J. Philpott

Author and Internet Entrepreneur