There is an invisible barrier that is holding you back. It is the reason why many of us aren’t achieving the goals we set for ourselves. It has been constructed brick-by-brick since we were very young, unintentionally perhaps, by people who probably wanted the best for us. But nevertheless, there it is – blocking our path to success. What most of us don’t realize is that since it is part of our inner core it can only be torn down one brick at a time, and that doesn’t happen overnight.
Another brick in the wall
We live in a world that demands instant gratification. Instant coffee, buy now – pay later, instant hot water taps, microwave ovens, etc. When we set goals, we expect them to happen instantaneously. We become impatient, and when our goals are not fulfilled fast enough, we become discouraged and give up. But each time we “give-up” we are actually adding another brick in our success barrier.
There are only two options when it comes to the success barrier: You are either removing a brick or laying another. There is no such thing as the status quo in the universe. Things are either growing or dying. You are either tearing down your wall of limitations, or adding more barriers to stand in your way.
Examine your beliefs
How you think affects how you act and how you act determines your results. Are you success-conscious or failure-conscious? Are you able to see (in the present) a projection of the future that you want for yourself? Do you have true conviction in your ability to get it done?
To succeed, you must put in motion a plan for the achievement of your dreams and goals, be aware of the price required to achieve them, and steadily move toward these goals on a day-to-day basis.
Do the thing you fear most You must move forward. Do the thing you fear the most, and that thing will become your greatest asset. You cannot turn away from the things you fear. The “brick” will not disappear. It will always be part of you, unless you remove it. When you look at success from this point of view, you can see that the motivation to break your success barrier is built into every brick that is holding you back.
Be the jackhammer
Viewed in this light, a goal is actually a jackhammer. Each time you set a goal for yourself and act upon it, you are chipping away at your success barrier. As each brick is removed, the barrier wall becomes smaller and weaker. That is the reason why success breeds success. The toughest part of tearing down your wall is removing that first brick. The choice is yours. Remove one or place one. You have no other options.
Journal your behavior
The “magic dust” to breaking your old behavioral habits and the consequential results is to not only have written goals but also to build a realistic weekly behavior plan to achieve the goals. More importantly, you must track (in writing) your daily behavior against the weekly goals and review them regularly.
This will not only increase your focus on the necessary behaviors required to achieve your goal but over time also will improve your attitude because you will feel a sense of accomplishment for achieving the behaviors that will ultimately lead to the new results you are striving for. This process works not only for improving your sales but also can work for things like losing weight or saving money.