We’ve all got our own versions of “success.” You may dream of starting a successful business, while someone else is invested in learning how to bake the perfect apple pie. While our end goals may not be exactly the same, we all have one thing in common: Everyone deals with adversity (and we mean everyone).
Ask any successful person, and they’ll tell you that their path was not linear. There were likely unforeseen challenges they had to overcome to reach their goals. But we’ll let you in on a secret: Getting past those challenges is often what makes success feel the most rewarding. Our goal is to help you identify and overcome common roadblocks to achieve your dreams.
Change your mentality.
“I’m not good enough.” “I’ll never be able to do that.” “Why should I even try?” You may have these thoughts, maybe even regularly … maybe even all at once. In fact, studies show that about 80% of our daily thoughts are negative. The good news is that your mentality is entirely up to YOU. So, while negative self-talk has become instinct for a lot of us, it’s possible to turn your mindset around. Read our post and learn how to rewire your thoughts to start seeing the positive in everything—including yourself. After all, happy thoughts are imperative to your success!
Don't let failure stop you.
Did you know that world-renowned filmmaker Steven Spielberg was rejected twice by the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts? Thankfully, he decided to see his “failures” as speed bumps … not the end of the road. No matter how hard you try to avoid them, failures will happen—maybe even more than once. The key is to start seeing them as opportunities to redirect your path instead of the “be all end all.” So, next time your perfectly calculated plan takes a nosedive, take these steps:
- Stay positive (see section above 😉)
- Identify the lessons. What can you learn from this situation that will help you improve for next time?
- Stay motivated by reminding yourself of why your goals are important to you. (And if you find you need to adjust your goals, this is the time to do it!)
- Rework your strategy. What steps will you take to get back on track?
You know that thing on your task list that you reaaaally don’t want to do? Maybe you hate cold calling, so you save it for the end of the day. Or you might struggle with writing emails, so you make that your last priority. It’s easy to push things off until later, but “later” can easily become “never.” And “never” sure isn’t bringing you any closer to your goals.
Research proves that people who execute their most difficult tasks first are more productive and high achieving than those who start with the easiest tasks. So, drop those excuses and tackle the project you’ve been avoiding for the past 2 weeks. You’ll feel a whole lot better once you do!
We shared three common challenges with you, but it doesn’t mean these are the only ones you’ll come across. Everyone’s journey is different, and as such, we all inevitably deal with different struggles. No matter what’s thrown your way, remember that you are always in control of your mindset. You can choose to be stronger than whatever challenge is put in your path. Success is more than possible when you’re willing to do whatever it takes to get there.