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Eight Self-Inflicted Barriers to Your Success

While doing some self reflection and thinking about several of my coaching clients, I realized we can have self-inflicted barriers to our own success. It was kind of a “DUH or AHA” moment and I felt it was important enough to share with others. Here are the eight self-inflicted barriers to our own success…
  1. Procrastination This is the one that gets me the most. As an entrepreneur we believe we always have time available to catch up. The thought of doing something either tonight, tomorrow or this weekend kicks in to our thoughts. Then we are surprised when it does not get done. GEEZ! If it is important to do – then do it now! If it is not important, delegate or delete it. Time is the only thing we have  to trade in our lives so make it happen.
  2. Lack of Direction This one is usually undervalued as a barrier or even a thought! Successful people are driven by their personal goals and objectives – it is the guiding force of how you can choose between priorities. The closer the fit to your goals, then the more important it becomes for getting done. Give yourself direction from inside whether than waiting for others to tell you what to do.
  3. Lack of Action Orientation One of my mentors told me a long time ago that it is more important to “Launch” than to sit around waiting for the stars to align for just the right moment. The one thing I have found from this practice of just launching into a project is – well, it gets done and usually provides me with valuable experiences and knowledge for future projects. Another great leader was quoted as saying “Just showing up is 80% of the battle.” Think about it and then take action – quickly.
  4. Being Overwhelmed This is directly related to behavioral style pattern whereby a person only wants to work on a few activities until there are finished. Well, that is a good thing if the activities are directly related to a major goal or objective. Most of the time I find these people consumed by trivial tasks or fun to do tasks rather than what is truly important to do. While you cannot do everything, you can prioritize your to do lists and stay focused on the most important goals and your performance success will increase significantly.
  5. Perfectionism This one is a beast! I have witnessed more people delay and delay the start while they keep planning and predicting just the “right” to launch – that they miss the window of opportunity completely. A good friend once told me – “Done is better than Perfect!” Truth is usually simple, so follow this saying as you move through life. Getting things done is how you become successful. No one even got successful just sitting at their desk planning without launching.
  6. Lacking Self-Confidence This one is difficult for most people who don’t feel confident. The interesting thing is self confidence is an inside job! Another interesting point is the more one is successful, the more confidence they gain. Now it is true that your behavioral style will influence your level of confidence – with half the people under-valuing themselves and the other half over-valuing themselves. The thing to reminder the more you do, the more successful you become, the more you learn – then the more confident you will be. Other people want to work with others they feel are confident and will therefore get things done at a higher level. Think positively and act knowingly with self confidence – success will happen.
  7. Poor Decision Making Decisions are a key component for the successful person. Understanding that nothing happens until a decision is made become critical to success. Now there are poor decision and bad decisions which usually are connected to errant assumptions. Therefore, if you are seemingly cursed with bad or poor choices, then begin by checking with your assumptions. Then look into your cause and effects. Meaning – if you don’t like the results (effects) you are getting, then check into the causes of the results. Begin by choosing different methods, assumptions or practices to begin your decision making process. There is one additional poor decision – NO DECISION at all… This is directly related to the first barrier listed above – Procrastination. Remember, before any thing gets done a decision has to be made.
  8. All Talk and No Action This is similar to old Texas phrase – “All Hat and no cattle.” Fools gold is the topic of all talk and no action. There are people who can talk a great story, get people excited and then fail to execute on their plan, decision or idea. Actually, this is the curse of many people who are called “creators” since they are always creating ideas, yet seldom get things done. The other thing happening to these people are distractions. They become easily distracted by new ideas or what we call “bright shiny objects” syndrome. Never completing one project before moving on to the new one. Focus is the key here. A person needs to be focused upon the important and necessary to become successful on a regular basis.
There you have the eight barriers to your own success. Take a moment and see if you are currently being impacted by one or more of the barriers. Commit to eliminating  this barrier so you can have the success you want and deserve. You do have control of how you handle these barriers. Therefore, you can let them beat you or you can take control of your life and make things happen – driving results, happiness and personal satisfaction of knowing you can do what you want and succeed in life.
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Voss Graham

CEO / Sr Business Advisor at InnerActive Consulting Group Inc
Voss Graham is an Organizational Architect with 30+ years of experience designing sustainable business growth for organizations of all sizes. Creating the Strategic Focus with the Executive Leadership Teams, he uses Systems & Process to ensure the Drivers for Business Growth are Executed at the Highest Levels. Voss is available as a Speaker for your conferences or company meetings - contact him at 901-757-4434 or use the LinkedIn or Facebook direct messages.

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Voss Graham

Voss Graham is an Organizational Architect with 30+ years of experience designing sustainable business growth for organizations of all sizes. Creating the Strategic Focus with the Executive Leadership Teams, he uses Systems & Process to ensure the Drivers for Business Growth are Executed at the Highest Levels. Voss is available as a Speaker for your conferences or company meetings - contact him at 901-757-4434 or use the LinkedIn or Facebook direct messages.