One of the reasons we do not face our goals is because when we are faced with an unexpected barrier that we are unsure how to deal with, we shut down. We become discouraged, we start making excuses, and we allow ourselves to back off of our original plan. While this is a human and natural tendency, it is not conducive to success.
An important step that you can take to avoid this barrier blunder is that of carefully planning your goal to include backup plans for all those little “what-ifs”.
“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 realising our life dreams. By planning for them, we greatly improve our chances of succeeding and experience the power of being unstoppable. By planning for them, we get ourselves ready to deal with them when they appear, we stand up and deal. We are equipped to blast through them, rather than to succumb. And sometimes, they do not appear at all (that often happens with preparedness).
Internal barriers include the thoughts you have about your goal, success, and yourself, that keep you from being successful. They include your personal fears, lack of motivation, low self-esteem, and self-limiting paradigms.
“What if I just don’t feel like doing my assignment?”
Solution – commit to working on it for at least 15 minutes. Then take a break and come back to it later.
“What if my fear of having to talk to strangers keeps me from following through on my marketing campaign?”
Solution – have a social media-savvy friend help you post and reply. It might not be so bad when you are not alone.
“What if I find myself procrastinating?”
Solution – have a buddy to check in everyday to remind you to spend a little time on your goal. Work on your goal first thing in the morning to get it done and over with.
External barriers include barriers such as money, time, other people’s reactions, resources, and results. We are not in direct control of them, but we can affect how they work and we can still plan around them.
“What if the client turns down my proposal?”
Solution – ask questions to find out why, and resubmit it. At worst, learn from it and apply in the future.
“What if my intern forget the worksheets?”
Solution – bring a soft copy and find out where you can get new copies made.
“What if the landscaping blocks don’t come in on time?”
Solution – pad the timeline and notify the client of this possibility in advance. Realign timeline to work on other projects until the blocks come in.
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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