Unleash Your Potential: Don’t be your own obstacle

At times, you may discover that you are your own obstacle when you seek to unleash your potential. Are your beliefs and values holding you back? Are you scared to leave your comfort zone and move forward? Answering these questions will help you understand your worth and move forward towards growth.

Unleash your potential: 5 ways you’re being your own obstacle

Once you realize that you’re your own obstacle, you can begin to take action to overcome it. Examine the following self-defeating behaviors to determine where you are limiting your own potential:

  1. You try to do it all on your own. You refuse to share your feelings and shirk away from the chance to delegate your responsibilities to those who are capable.
  2. You don’t stick to your own resolutions. You attempt something, and when you fail at it or don’t achieve the result you desire, you simply give up.
  3. You want it now. Good things take time, but you’re often impatient and want instant gratification.
  4. You engage in constant comparison with others. Each one of us has unique strengths and capabilities. However, instead of creating your own identity, you compare your outcomes with those of others around you.
  5. You don’t believe in your own potential. We are all endowed with the ability to accomplish anything we set our minds to. Instead of realizing your worth and true capabilities, you are filled with self-doubt and lack faith.

Do some of these traits sound familiar to you? Create a plan to eliminate these obstacles from your life and unleash your potential to move up in life.

Stop being your own obstacle

Ask yourself the real questions: How are you showing up as an obstacle for yourself on a scale of 1 to 10? What is your ability to learn or change? What steps have you taken toward removing that obstacle that is within yourself?

When you’ve located your obstacles, look at them keenly with the purpose of learning. Realizations stemming from these observations will finally enable you to create an actionable plan to overcome these obstacles. 

The routine that can lead to growth and self-improvement consists of:

  • Self-Awareness
  • Acceptance of the bad things
  • Creating the first step
  • Creating clarity in those procedures
  • Establishing routines
  • Getting better at things that matter
  • Realize your worth and stop being your own obstacle. 

Assign yourself clear, measurable goals for the next 6 weeks and break these down into smaller, actionable goals that you can accomplish on a daily basis.

Takeaway: Unleash your potential

  • Consider this: What if obstacles were a good thing? What if they help you understand your worth and help you scale in life?
  • Don’t forget to celebrate your small wins.
  • Don’t beat yourself up and make things worse. It is okay to be tired. But don’t get used to staying in that zone. 
  • Stop worrying incessantly. Understand that you can’t predict every outcome accurately.

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