You’re frustrated. No matter how hard you work, how much you plan, or how badly you want it, you are not living the life of your dreams. But success takes more than hard work. You may not want to admit it, but it’s possible that the biggest obstacle to success is YOU. It’s likely you’re guilty of one of the many success-killing sins.
Here’s why you still haven’t achieved your vision of success:
1. You Don’t Have a Plan
You know what you want. You can see yourself in 5 years, achieving your dreams and finding success. But you’re just not sure how to get there. Maybe you haven’t planned because you need to do more research, or maybe you’re just scared to begin. Whatever the reason, no one’s going to figure it out for you. The worst thing you can do is nothing. So get to work!
2. You Stay Within Your Comfort Zone
Change is scary. But anything worth doing is bound to bring some fear. You won’t achieve anything if you always shy away from making the big move. Fear is a waste of time and resources. So bust through that wall and make something happen!
3. You Just Don’t Want to Work That Hard
This is simply a non-starter. If you don’t want to work hard, then don’t even bother starting, because you’re not going to get anywhere. Real success requires hard work and dedication. Go boldly forward and fight for what you want.
4. You Just Don’t Want to Work That Smart
Sure you work hard, but too hard. You spend more time using your labor to get things done when you should be using your brain to strategize how to make more happen with less effort. Put down the broom and think for a while.
5. You Feel What You Have Is Enough
If you like your career and life situations enough as they are, it can be hard to work up the motivation to pursue something greater. But satisfaction is the enemy of greatness. If you don’t have a burning desire to achieve your goal, it makes it even harder to put in the work necessary to get there.
6. You Don’t Want the Risk
Risk is inherent in change. You can minimize it, but it will never disappear. So accept it as part of the process and learn to deal. This doesn’t mean you should throw caution to the wind and follow your every impulse. But it does mean you need to prepare for risk and make it work for your situation.
7. You Think You Can Do It by Yourself
Sure, engaging others to help build your vision is hard. But you’re ahead of the game by realizing it early. No single person has all the skills and all the creative vision to make a dream a reality. The key is finding and inspiring the right people to take along on the journey and exploiting mutually beneficial self-interests.
8. You’re Not Good at Selling Your Dream to Others
It’s not enough just to have the vision – you need to be able to communicate that compelling vision to others, too. You may not like writing or public speaking or even one-to-one selling, but those are the hallmarks of great leaders.
9. You Don’t Value Time Properly
What you’re about to undertake demands hard work and dedication. But if you don’t use your time efficiently, you’ll never achieve everything required. Examine your work style and see what you can improve. Make a schedule, get up earlier, move faster– do what it takes to reach your goal.
10. Your Glass is 80% Full
You know who you are. You already know everything about everything. No one can tell you much before your brain blocks out 80% of any ideas, concepts, or suggestions that don’t fit with your misguided belief system. Open your ears and your mind. Most likely the obstacles to success are the things you have not allowed yourself to recognize.
11. You Have Excuses for Everything
No successful entrepreneur has time for excuses, his own or anyone else’s. There’s simply too much to be done and not enough time. If you don’t want it bad enough, it will show. Stop formulating excuses and start figuring out how to make your future happen.
12. You Take No Personal Responsibility
This is your vision for your future – so it’s your responsibility. Don’t waste other people’s time by deflecting blame when it’s your work that’s the problem. Great leaders fulfill their own responsibilities and then see how they can help others achieve theirs.
13. You Don’t Want a Great Idea, You Want YOUR Idea to Be Great
14. The Kiss of Death: You Don’t Know What Success Means to You
You can’t plan how to get somewhere you don’t know. If you don’t know what you want and don’t have a clear vision of your future, you’re immediately hampered in your attempts to get there. You don’t need to know everything at the very beginning – that’s what preparation is for. But you can’t even formulate a plan if you don’t have a clear direction.