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There are obstacles you will face no matter what path you take to achieve your goals. You can give up, start a new goal, or change who you are but you will always have these obstacles blocking your way to success. This is why it is very important for you to not just learn how to overcome them, but also recognize them so they don’t slow your progress down.
1. Helping others:
There were a lot of times I questioned people’s characters when they told me to stop helping others so much. I later realized it was true, when the damage has already been done.
Here’s an example of an area where I should have
stopped reduced helping people.
In school, we perform projects and experiments a lot and I’m good at understanding things and working quickly, so when I reached a milestone, I helped those that didn’t, not just one friend, like 10 or more people. And while helping them, not only have other top students, but the ones that I have just helped gone on to the next stage and sometimes even finished.
I have missed a few deadlines because of this, and not just that, it affected the quality of my work and my grades
– If you are lending help in such a manner, you need to find a way to stop. Or just find a way to help that won’t affect you badly – which I’m doing before I figure out how to say NO!
This could be in the form of telling instead of showing, telling someone asking for help to ask the person you just taught, or letting go of the belief that you are responsible for other people’s success. In my case, finishing mine and submitting it, then helping people would have been the best way.
Perfection doesn’t make you perfect, it hardly improves the quality of your work.
Quality improves, in most cases through quantity. By doing more and making mistakes, you will learn better than focusing on one thing that you go over a thousand times.
Like this blog.
I had a blog for a year before I shut it down and started this one. The first 30 articles on this blog are articles from the first blog that I spent over 2 years correcting, adding, removing, paying for editing, adding more points, changing my introduction, learning new tips, coming back, and applying it to all 30 articles, etc.
And because of that, not only did I not get it perfect, I did not progress. My traffic, my income, none of that. I am presently working on producing the best quality I can and moving forward. From now on, I will apply what I’ve learned to produce something new.
3. Living in your present environment:
It is often said that we are the products of our environment, which is true because the space you live in, the people you interact with, and the opportunities you may or may not get because of your environment greatly impact your progress.
Take a look around, what in your space is holding you back.
Can you remove it? Can you change it? Can you limit your interactions? If not.
Then you must remove yourself from that environment
4. Under sleeping:
Pulling one or two all-nighters can take your progress a little farther if time is really an issue and you need to meet a deadline. Sustaining a lifestyle of all-nighters or rather a few hours of sleep – there’s no difference since while your eyes may be closed, you are not getting any real rest, and well, you’re better off catching up on some work instead.
In no way is losing sleep in the long term going to help you achieve your goals. While the 8 hour sleep is something many of us can only dream of having, aim to have at least 6 hours of sleep every night.
To compensate for lost hours, focus on improving the quality of your sleep which may compensate for running on an overworked brain and body.
5. Having too many goals:
It is so frustrating to me when I have big goals that have deadlines in my school, work, and lifestyle goals and I can’t handle all of them at once.
I’m a 4th year electrical and electronics engineering student and working on projects in each subject, I still have to study, I have to constantly learn new soft wares, and at the same time, I have to write on my blog, i have to provide content for my audience, I want to exercise more, I want to spend more time with people, you get my point.
Working on these goals at once means I have less time and energy to work on each of them. A goal that should take a month, will take two.
Sometimes, we don’t have control over what we have going on in our lives, so it’ll suck but we have to work through it.
When you can, you should stick to one goal at a time, or at least prioritize one and you will make progress in working towards it
Which of these obstacles have you faced in pursuing your goals? Comment below
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