What are the obstacles in the journey of achieving your goals how would you treat them

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What are the obstacles in the journey of achieving your goals how would you treat them

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Whatever our goal and whoever we are, the road to achieving our desired outcome (dream, goal, accomplishment, personal achievement) will inevitably be bumpy, rough, full of challenges, blocks, obstacles or barriers. Whichever term you choose to use to describe the hiccups along the way, theyll be there.

So, we need to ask ourselves when setting a goal: what obstacles or challenges (my choice of words, as they imply, I can do something about them) are possibly going to get in my way? If you set out on a car journey, you tend to have planned your route in advance, or at least have a trusty sat-nav at the ready to help you along the way. Then, if there is trouble on the roads, say bad traffic, or an unexpected diversion, youd hopefully have an alternative route planned. If not, youll figure something out, right? You wont just give up and go home.

So, why when we set goals do we sometimes meet barriers and just give up?

Well, there are a variety of reasons and it would require me to write an entire coaching book rather than a quick blog to address them all, so today, well focus on barriers.

What are Your Barriers? Are They Real or Perceived?

Obviously, there will be real barriers to achieving a goal. A lack of finance, time constraints, child care issues, a need to up-skill or get support and the need to acquire resources. We can usually do something about these and the trick is to learn how to get around these.

But, what we forget to address and which is the most powerful force in holding most people back, are perceived barriers.

Perceived barriers are the limitations we create for ourselves in our own minds. These stop ourselves from being who and what we want to be, doing what we want to do and feeling the way we want to feel.

Perceived barriers give way to that age-old cycle of self-sabotage. A great deal of my work is helping people to identify, address and make changes to destructive, limiting and hurtful patterns of thinking and behaving.

Why do we do it? Well, the list of reasons is endless, personal and unique to each individual. Growing up in a family that didnt believe in you, experiencing bullying, collecting and believing limiting self-beliefs from family, friends, teachers, the media, romantic relationships. These could also include the relationships we develop with ourselves that impact on our self-talk, self-esteem, self-image, self-belief, self-motivation, self-discipline and self-confidence.

Our perceived barriers are unhelpful and negative assumptions that we make about ourselves.

A few Examples Include:

  • Its not worth it (Im not worth it)
  • People like me are just unlucky
  • I got the fat genes
  • Im too old
  • Im too young
  • People from my area dont

Again, this list of limiting perceived beliefs would go on and on, and they are unique to everyone.

How do you overcome perceived barriers?

Firstly, you need to be curious what are your perceived barriers?

Secondly, identify and acknowledge them.

Thirdly, become inquisitive about how you gained them and accepted them.

Fourthly, how are you going to deal with them now you know that you have them? Are you going to keep them (people do get comfortable in feeling uncomfortable)? Or, are you going to address them, challenge them and overcome them?

Fifthly, replace the negative with a new positive. What would you like to believe to be true now and in the future?

Sixthly, put this new thinking into practice. Be willing to support yourself in this new way of thinking.

This isnt an easy journey, but it is worth it. Remember not to let your perceived barriers about changing your mind-set stop you from doing so!JOIN ONLINE Find Your Centre

About Sara Wright

Sara Wright is a confidence coach based in Leicester. She specialises in helping improve peoples mental health self-esteem. She has over 20 years experience in the sector, as well as a BSc and MSc to back up her practical knowledge. To find out more, check out herwebsiteandFacebook page.

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