Anticipate Obstacles

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Have you ever embarked on a personal improvement program only to fall off the wagon within a few weeks of getting started? What caused you to fail? Did you have trouble making the time to apply the program’s material? Did you try to do too much at once? Were you talking to yourself in a disempowering way, saying things such as, “I never finish what I start” or “It won’t matter anyway”?

One Thing to Think About
We fail to succeed because we fail to anticipate the forces in our lives that have the potential to derail our focus. It doesn’t matter what the source of these factors are; whether they’re related to a lack of time, a lack of personal belief, or a lack of real conviction. The unexamined presence of these saboteurs in your life will slow you down (at best), or (in a worst-case scenario) stop you in your tracks.

One Question to Answer
What factors have the potential to stop you from succeeding? Invest a few moments to identify the one or two key things you know could stop you from completing your next goal.

One Challenge to Take
Once you’ve determined what your stumbling blocks could be, decide how you’ll handle them, and handle them bin advance! For example;

  • If you’ve failed in the past because you didn’t have time, sit down with your calendar and make appointments with yourself for the next forty-eight weeks. I know this seems like a long time, but keep this in mind: In just a little less than one year, your life can be better than it is right now, or it can be worse. (You get to decide which.)
  • If you’ve discovered that you talk to yourself in a self-defeating manner, decide that you’re going to recondition that disempowering habit. Identify the phrase you usually use that sets you up for failure. Then, create an alternative, affirmative statement to use in place of your self-defeating mantra. For example, instead of telling yourself, “I never finish what I start,” change that phrase to “I may not have finished things in the past, but I’m not living in the past. I’m living in the present, and right now I’m committed to finishing this.”

Remember, change does not happen overnight. It involves a replacement of old and disempowering behaviors with new and empowering ones. This reconditioning process takes time and consistency. Take this week’s step, and you will find yourself just a little bit further down the path of positive change.

Best Wishes,



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