“First say to your self what you would be; and then do what you have to do” Epictetus
How many of you aren’t making progress on your goals simply because of the things you believe to be true? For many, the problem may not lie in the steps, but instead in misconceptions of how success is attained. Here are some common mistakes that can keep you from your goals:
Trying to be someone else. People oftentimes think they need to mimic Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, or another role model to become successful. While it is important to adopt many philosophies and principles of the successful, you won’t reach your goals if you forget who are. Continue to have role models and look to others for inspiration, applying their best qualities to your life, but don’t lose yourself in the process.
Competing with others. Often we think we need to do better than those around us at work and school. Instead, take everyone else out of the equation and focus on being better than you were yesterday. This will improve your focus on what needs to be accomplished and is the quickest path to growth. Remember; the small steps add up, and before you know it you have completed more than you could imagine.
Not believing you actually can. If there’s a constant voice telling you can’t, you need to have an internal conversation telling it you can. If there is someone from your past or in your life currently that has given you a negative outlook on your goals, remind yourself they are wrong. Whenever negative thoughts arise about what you can accomplish, combat them with positive thinking to prevent negativity from killing your dreams.
As you move forward, continue surrounding yourself with positive uplifting material, the more exposed you are to the material, the more progress and effort you will put out. Make a commitment with yourself to break away from the spells and limiting beliefs that hold you back from a better future.
Rogelio H. Charles