The business owners I work with are big on achieving their goals. In fact one of the primary reasons they hire me is to keep them accountable to this and to help them move past whatever is getting in their way. I’ve found the obstacles fall into three major categories:
Considerations – These are thoughts about all the reasons why they shouldn’t do it or why it won’t work. For instance, if they set a goal to double their income – they might think, “I’ll have to work twice as hard, “or “My market is already maxed out.” These thoughts often occur subconsciously, so surfacing them is the first step to moving past them.
Fears – These are unpleasant feelings they want to avoid. They may experience fear of rejection or failure. These fears are not at all unusual. The trick here, in simple terms, is to – feel the fear and do it anyways, until they build up the belief that they can handle whatever it is that is producing the fear.
Roadblocks – These are purely external circumstances. A roadblock might be that someone will not support their idea, or maybe they don’t have enough cash flow to follow through or there may be some laws or regulations preventing them from moving forward. Here we step outside the box and brainstorm on innovative solutions to move them around what the world is throwing in front of them.
Unfortunately when considerations, fears and roadblocks come up, most people see them as stop signs. It’s easy to say, “Now that I’m thinking of that, feeling this, and finding out about that, I think I won’t pursue that goal after all.” I help my clients see obstacles as a normal part of the process that will always have to be dealt with. Have you noticed any of these things getting in your way? Feel free to share a few in the comments box.