Personal Development

4 Steps To Overcoming Barriers to Success

“YOU ARE TODAY WHERE YOUR THOUGHTS HAVE BROUGHT YOU, YOU WILL BE TOMORROW WHERE YOUR THOUGHTS TAKE YOU”

JAMES ALLEN

Once you understand the power of your thoughts and how they direct your life, the sooner you will be able to use your mind to create the success you desire.

Your belief in your ability to succeed will determine your ultimate level of success. Any doubt lingering in your mind will show itself in your behaviour, making the undesirable outcome you feared a reality.

Self-sabotage is one of the greatest barriers to success, as we are not aware of old negative thinking patterns that are ingrained in our subconscious mind. Many of us live out these self-limiting beliefs into adulthood.

Over 95% of what we do, think and, say comes from old programming in our subconscious mind. Unless you make a conscious effort to direct the immense power of your subconscious, it’s robotic and limited programs will run your life and sabotage your best intentions.

So, what can you do to overcome barriers to success in your life?

If you want to live to your fullest potential and be happy in life, you first need to develop a successful mindset that will propel you towards your desired life. Below are four ways that will shift your mindset and help you to overcome barriers to success:

4 Steps to Overcome Barriers to Success

1. Self-Belief

Be careful how you self-talk, because you are listening. Self-belief is feeling good enough. You can handle what life throws at you, you can cope well. It’s a healthy appreciation of yourself, your talents, characteristics, and abilities.

It’s seeing yourself as special and entirely unique, like no other person on the planet. It’s about the confidence that comes from within.

Self-Belief Is…
  • Loving and liking yourself and others will follow
  • Having an unshakeable conviction that God is for you and wants to help you to become all that you want to be
  • Having a winning attitude
  • A power base of energy that you were born with
  • Believing it’s possible against all the odds
  • Having good self worth

We build self-belief when we make decisions, take successful actions, and accept personal responsibility for both our successes and our failures.

Some of the things that can hold you back from living a successful life are doubting yourself, fear, lack of confidence, negative thinking, negative self-talk, fear of success or failure, procrastination, people-pleasing, worry, etc.

2. Self-Confidence

People with high self-confidence are likely to be successful. They will be living their lives on their terms, having a high degree of control over their environments.

‘Self-confidence comes when you are comfortable with who you are. You feel worthwhile, with a right to occupy your place in the world. You feel capable, competent, relaxed, happy, energetic, and positive.’  Chris Wesley.

You activate your self-confidence by believing in yourself. When you have unstoppable self-confidence your world will change. It’s necessary to build your self-confidence for you to take charge of your life. This means:

  • Not caring what others think of you, not allowing their opinions to affect you
  • Believing in yourself and achieving your goals
  • Becoming interdependent
  • Doing things that frighten you – taking risks!
  • Moving out of your comfort zone
  • Not being afraid to make mistakes
  • Learning new things
  • Being pro-active
  • Being positive
  • Loving yourself
3. Self-Awareness

Self-awareness is the most powerful resource we have to effect change in our life. By being aware of what we say, do, and feel, we can step back to recognize our automatic patterns and reactions.

New insights let us break free from our old patterns, and defenses which allow us to choose something different, something that brings better results.

You can develop your relationship with yourself by being aware. Without awareness you are not present, if you are not present, you are living in the past or the future.

Awareness allows you to change those things you’d like to change about yourself and create the life you want.

The fact is, most of us are unaware of 80% of what we do, think, and say. We’re not always aware of our defenses, our emotional reactions, our beliefs and habits, our fears, negative self-talk, and judgements.

As you become more conscious, you begin to wake up to life. You are in control of your present, which is all that we can control. The key to developing more self-awareness is to be present.

Being Present: You do this by attending to yourself, tuning into yourself, observing yourself, reflecting on yourself, listening to yourself, loving yourself.

Self-awareness is having a clear perception of your personality, including strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivations, and emotions. Self-awareness allows you to see where your thoughts and emotions are taking you.

Do you want to go through life on auto-pilot, letting old tapes dictate how you act? Or do you want to truly live life by clearly seeing the choices before you, and claiming your power to choose what you most want? It’s up to you.

Breaking old habits is not easy, but if they are no longer serving you, don’t you think it might be wise to let them go?

4. A Belief In God or A Power Greater than Yourself

Having faith in a loving God who cares for you will give you a sense of power and strength. If you don’t have a strong belief in a God who is for you, it can be difficult to take on new challenges and step out of your comfort zone.

For instance, many people do the same job all their life, without ever even considering other options, other things they could try.

Working 40 hours a week for 40 years is not the only way to live, but of course, people do find security in that.

In our parents or grandparents generation, they didn’t have as many options as we do today, so changing careers was a lot more difficult for them, yet some did do it.

This is not so black and white, I know. Providing for a family requires a regular income and not everyone has the time, energy, or motivation to reskill and carve out a new career path.

But, if the desire is strong enough, and the faith in God is there, many people do in fact move on to more fulfilling, meaningful work.

People of faith take risks! It’s not because they are foolish, it’s because they want to expand, and discover more about their gifts and talents.

It’s about reaching one’s potential and wanting to serve and contribute to the world around them. It is also an act of obedience, for many feel led by the Spirit of God to do something new.

What worked for one season, may not work for the next. Life is constantly changing, so we need to be flexible.

Is it easy? Of course not! But, is it rewarding? Yes, it is! When we learn more, we grow more. We also mature, because with risk comes failure and with failure comes humility.

It isn’t a weakness to fail, it’s more of a weakness to never try. If you fail, and you will if you take risks, you need to get back up and ask yourself, what can I learn from this? And, can I help others from my experience?

“A righteous man may fall, but the Lord will sustain him.” (Psalm. 37:23-34)

Success God’s Way

An important thing to remember is success God’s way is not the same as success the world’s way.

Success God’s way means, finding out the will of God for your life, and then giving your best to it, using Godly principles.

Godly principles are found in the Word of God. The Bible is full of godly principles, most of them you probably already know, such as being honest, having integrity, being kind, trustworthy, and dependable.

Work hard, don’t be lazy, but work from a place of rest, which means, not being anxious about the outcome, but trusting that God will help you.

You Reap What You Sow

You will reap exactly what you sow. This is a simple scripture that warns us that whatever you plant you will also harvest.

Some people may look very wealthy and successful on the outside, but don’t be envious of them, because you don’t know if they have peace in their hearts. True success should bring peace.

God is just, both the wicked and the godly can gain wealth, but the difference is in how they use their wealth.

The Godly use their wealth to bless others and give glory to God. They are generous because they believe there is no scarcity in the Kingdom of God.

God promises to provide for all his children, and He is faithful. He keeps His promises.

How do you treat others? Are you honest? Are you sowing peace into other people’s lives? Are you sowing love, or do you cause others to feel anxious? Do you say hurtful things to others?

We all have to examine our motives and ask ourselves, are we treating others how we would like to be treated?

Can we call it success if we are feeling anxious and stressed all the time?

Success on Gods’ terms brings love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These are the fruits of the spirit. (See Galatians 5:22)

A righteous person sleeps at night with a clear conscience. They sleep peacefully because they are content.

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” Galatians 6:7

The reason faith in God is essential is that with prayer and trust, you learn to know when to wait, and when to move forward. God will determine your steps.

Your thoughts and attitude are so important in overcoming barriers to success.

So, to succeed, you first need to develop a success mindset, to counteract the old negative thinking patterns.

You must work at it every day. Develop a whole new way of thinking and acting. I will discuss this more in my future posts.

Think Your Way Into Success.

When you ask God to help you, and then you do your part, there will be very little that can hold you back.

I wish you every success in achieving your life goals!

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