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3 Ways to Overcome Obstacles to Your Goals

Do you feel stuck and powerless? Here are three tips for overcoming obstacles to your goals, to help you move forward. Remember: sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.

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“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.” ~ Henry Ford. To reach your goals, stay focused — and expect to encounter problems. Here are three tips for staying focused and overcoming obstacles to your goals…

3 Quick and Easy Ways to Overcome Obstacles

These tips for overcoming obstacles to your goals are from Renee Fisher, co-author of Invisible No More: The Secret Lives of Women Over 50. “We all have goals we’d like to reach,” says Fisher. “But often, we never reach our goals because of obstacles that we believe stop us. We see these obstacles as insurmountable.”

The truth is that there is no obstacle that can stop us, but we must first be willing to see ourselves and others in a completely new way.

How’s that for quick and easy? But wait, there’s more…

Be 100% responsible for yourself

That means no excuses. Ever. At first you’ll hate this, because life is so much easier when we are the victims of our fate (“I was late because traffic was bad/I would go back to school but I have no money/My marriage fell apart because he was a jerk!”).

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3 Ways to Overcome Obstacles to Your Goals

Staying focused on overcoming obstacles means being 100% responsible for yourself. This can seem overwhelming, but when you accept responsibility for achieving your personal goals, you’ll experience an incredible sense of empowerment.  If you truly believe that everything in your life is your creation (the good, the bad, the ugly), then how could anything stop you from reaching your goals?

Stay focused on your vision, not your circumstances

Creating a vision is difficult, but once you know what you want for your life, it sets a framework for everything you do.  Your circumstances will never get you closer to your goal.  Only your vision can guide you to get what you want.  If your goal is to lose weight and be healthy, then act like someone who is already fit (and put down that second piece of cake!).  If your goal is to make money, act like someone who is already financially successful and responsible (and don’t run amok with your credit card).

This tip for overcoming obstacles to reaching your goals requires you to focus on what you want — not where you are.

Hold people, including yourself, in the highest possibility

If you react to someone as though they are incompetent or negative or unloving, they will be so.  If, instead, you see them as entirely capable and hold them to that, they will often live into your belief of who they are.  Hold them (and yourself) there and accept no less.  To stay focused on your goals, you must start with yourself.  Make yourself the example, and always ask yourself “What is my highest possibility in this situation?”  This tip for overcoming obstacles to your goals will release you to do and be the best you can.

Do you need help achieving your goals? Learn how to get people to say “yes” — not “no”! Read How to Convince People to Say Yes – 5 Persuasion Techniques.

If you have any thoughts on these tips for overcoming obstacles to your goals, please comment below…


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4 thoughts on “3 Ways to Overcome Obstacles to Your Goals”

  1. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Tammy ~ thanks for your comment!

    Susan and Kutty ~ if you’re still around, I’d be happy to give you my thoughts! I’m sorry I missed your comments until now. But, if you still need tips on how to stay focused and achieve goals, I’d be happy to help…just let me know…