We all could name a few reasons why we shouldn't start doing something. But when those reasons continue to hold us back we should reconsider the purpose behind them. These hold backs can be known as pitfalls. Forty-five percent of us will be trying to start something new this fall. From new jobs, new schools, new classes, etc. But out of that starting forty-five percent more than half of us will experience a pitfall or a rut that we can't easily get out of. Below are three common pitfalls that we can overcome.
1. Fear – The fear of failure is a pitfall that can cause us to reconsider our reasons for starting. Fear of failure is mostly a mental turning of negative failing thoughts over and over in our heads. What if we could turn our mental energy of failure to mental energy of success. They both require believing in something that is in the future.
As you start school or a new job, avoid the failure pitfall by gaining all the information needed to succeed. This includes: a) Talking to the teacher or boss to clearly understand the objectives. b) Reflect on maximizing your strengths and position your weaknesses in the best place for assistance. c) Learn from others mistakes. Knowing what others have done can help alleviate fear. d) Keep your goals clear. They should remind you of your purpose to preserver. Mary Anne Radmacher said, "Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day that says, I'll try again tomorrow."
2. Friends – Negative friends can kill great starts. Our associations will bring about assimilations. We look and act like what we hang around the most.
Look for friends that have your best interest in mind. Ones that are willing to tell you what’s right at the cost of hurting your feelings. At school, connect with others that want to excel. At work, push to team up with those that are moving forward and being productive. Try to avoid the group that enjoys wasting time and being lazy.
3. Faith – Lack of faith in success is a great pitfall. This one is a little different from fear. It's not being afraid of something it's not believing that it can be done. Henry Ford said, "If you think you can or can't your right." We must believe in what we are doing or about to do. The passion must burn within to drive us day in and day out for success.
Confirm your goals and the steps required to get to it. Build your faith by keeping the end results in mind. Allow the images of the end to boost and encourage you to pursue the end. "Faith is like Wi-Fi, it's invisible but is able to connect you to what you need." Your faith, when connected to the right source can lead you to the end (success).
Overcome your pitfalls by pushing out fear, having good friends and stirring up your faith. Go live life full of purpose, passion, and power!