“We wait, and we never turn on our full potential because we are hoping someone else will swoop at one point and save us.” – Kate Northrup
How is it that other people seem to do more and achieve more than others? Are they more special? Do they have more time than others? What is it?
The main reason people achieve amazing things is that they’ve taken charge of their lives. The rest have big dreams and write-up special plans but never take action.
Fortunately, there’s a way to change this reality.
Barriers to Living a Successful Life
People never stop to think about it, but the barriers to a successful life lead back to the individual. Here are some of them:
1. Tough Seasons in Life
Everyone experiences seasons of suffering and happiness. The problem is many stay stuck in the pain and suffering. Not all problems can be fixed with a positive attitude though. You may need to seek professional help to guide you through your suffering.
For the rest, it’s about accepting failure, either consciously or unconsciously. You resign yourself to your fate. You don’t even make an effort to get out.
2. Poor Attitude/Mentality
There’s this saying: “A bad attitude is like a flat tire. You can’t go anywhere until you change it.”
It is true about many people. They don’t want to do anything but complain when things don’t work out. If they do get something done, it’s always a half-hearted attempt.
3. Blaming Others
A key trait of non-performers is their ability to find someone to blame for their failures. Other times, they blame the weather, traffic, internet, machines, or something else. Never once do they point the finger at themselves.
Procrastinators have poor time management, self-regulation, and motivation to achieve their goals. They always find a way to not do what they planned to do.
Maybe subconsciously, whatever they want isn’t what they truly want. Otherwise, they would find a way or the motivation to chase their dreams.
5. Lack of Purpose
This ties into the previous point. If you live a purposeful life, you’ll have the motivation to take action. You are inspired by your goals and the results you expect to see.
It’s safe to say there are more points we could add to the list above. But the ones above capture the essence of it all. So what can we do to get out of this rut?
Keys to Living a Successful Life
Deep down, many people are waiting for someone to come and save them. They are hoping some mysterious relative will bequeath them his or her wealth. They are hoping some CEO will bump into them on the street and give them a job. They are hoping they will scratch a raffle ticket and make millions.
Sadly, this dream never comes to reality. Maybe it does for some, but not for most people.
You have to take charge of your life and take action toward your dreams.
Here’s how you’ll do it:
- Read more
- Plan a goal that inspires you
- Think success and take steps
- Meditate and hold a clear vision of the life you want
- Adopt a positive attitude toward work, life, and relationships
- Cultivate great relationships and seek advice from successful people
- Help others achieve their goals
- Choose how you’ll spend your time and become productive
- Track and measure your progress
- Pursue a healthy lifestyle to prevent avoidable diseases.
If you faithfully do these things, you’ll start seeing improvements in your life. And once the momentum kicks in, YOU’LL BE UNSTOPPABLE!