There is no point in beating around the bush, the main obstacle in the way of your success is YOU!
Typically, in our minds, we make things out to be a lot worse than they really are. I am not saying that life does not actually get crazy, or that we don’t ever get overwhelmed, but if we step back and reevaluate the situation from a different perspective, everything is not as bad as we make it out to be. It is so easy for us to blow up a situation way bigger than it truly is.
today I want to encourage you with 5 tips that can help you stop sabotaging your success and get rid of the obstacles that can get in the way of your success.
Surround yourself with positive people.
The best thing you can do for yourself is to surround yourself with people who lift you up and push you to reach your potential. It has been said that “You are the equivalent of top five people you hang out with.” You need to make sure those top 5 people are pushing you to be a better person. My husband encourages me to do things that are a little out of my comfort zone. Having him by my side speaking positive words of encouragement to me is so important to my success. I also have a wonderful business coach who I speak with on a weekly basis. And when I am ready to throw in the towel, or just when things get really hard, it is so good to be able to get on the phone with her and work on a strategy together to get through. Another great way to surround yourself with quality support is a mastermind group. I created my business mentorship program for run coaches specifically to get a group of like-minded runners together to encourage each other. I get to mentor other run coaches who all bring a different specialty and personality but to the same passion. We are able to lean on each other for support, all while bringing out strengths together for all around quality running programs.
Pour into yourself daily.
Whether it is taking time for prayer, reading a book, doing professional development, journaling, etc., you need to take time do something every day outside of work that will grow you as a person. I love to sit and either read my Bible or a book that helps me improve an area of weakness. My favorite professional development book is called The Entrepreneurial Roller Coaster, which talks about the ups and downs of running your own business. It has really helped me work through my lows and tackle them instead of feeling tackled. It encourages me by letting me know that I am not the only one who struggles, and that I, too, can be successful!
Recite your purpose every day.
We have all been put on this earth to do amazing things. When things gets hard, I sometimes have to literally tell myself my purpose out loud. I often need to remind myself, “I am here to serve women and to teach them how to have maintainable running lifestyles long term.” It is a good purpose, and often an overwhelming one when I begin focusing on the wrong things. I want to enhance women’s lives through the sport of running so they can better themselves and the people around them. It is not about me. And when I start focusing on my success, instead of theirs, my purpose if off course and I quickly begin to feel like I am sinking under the weight of a business. It is so good for me to repeat my purpose over and over to recenter my thoughts on what God has set before and not on myself or the weight of my work.
Write out your goals.
Write down down what you want to accomplish in life and what success looks like for you on a daily basis. For me, success looks like serving women around me who want to enhance their lives and, at the same time, I want to have time to read books with my daughter, go on walks to the park, spend time with my husband, and go on vacations. It takes a lot of strategy on my part to be able to pour into so many people effectively. Each day I write down my goals for that day, and look at it all throughout day to help me stay focused and effective.
Make sure you have a reason for your business that is outside of yourself.
It can be very easy to start a business, either full time or on the side, with the goal of paying off bills, buying a new house, sending your kids to college, etc. All of these may seem like good reasons for starting a business, but they will not be your strongest motivator when the going gets tough. They will not sustain you long term. Having a bigger house, more things, or more money will not make you happy; they will only leave you wanting even more. But changing people's lives for the better will satisfy you and keep you pushing through the hard times. Having a solid faith and a solid purpose for why you are on this earth, and knowing that you are doing all you can to fulfill that purpose, is very rewarding. I encourage everyone to focus on a reason outside of themselves and their family to help push you to keep pushing forward.
If you took the time to read this whole blog, I know that you are willing to make a change in your life and find a way to get over your mental blocks. I hope these tips helped you to learn about how you can fight though your mental shortcomings instead of throwing in the towel. Think of your problems and how you can beat them, rather than be beaten. Focus on the positive, and I know you can do it!!
Thank you for taking the time to read through all of this! If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at email@example.com!