getting started on your dream
There are many obstacles that cause us to talk ourselves out of pursuing our dreams. If you can overcome these, you’re that much closer to fulfilling your destiny. Here are a few to think about
1. Comfort Zone
If you want to be an entrepreneur or leader, you must learn to leave your comfort zone and embrace change. We love to stay with what we know. God had prophesied leadership into my life, at the time I was just an administrator and a teacher, and the thought of standing up and speaking in front of others about God scared me because it was different from what I’d become accustomed to. I put it off for years, even though I knew in my spirit that God was trying to shift me to a new level.
“Take baby steps. Don’t let complacency keep you locked in a comfort zone.”
2. Comparing Yourself to Others
They’re there. We see them all over Facebook, Instagram and Twitter…social media celebrities! You see others already doing the very same thing you want to do. You start to compare yourself to how well they are doing. You begin to think you are not as good or smart enough. Comparing yourself to others and attempting to imitate them will confuse you and cause the seed of doubt to take root in your confidence.
“Be Authentic and just be you, no one else can beat you at being yourself.”
3. Fear of Failure
We all are afraid of something. It’s human nature. The fear of failure is one of the most known obstacles holding people back from achieving their dreams. This fear keeps people from trying new things and taking risks. For example, I have not been good at dieting, so I don’t diet, I had tried the gym. I realized that it wasn’t that I didn’t like the two. The truth was I didn’t like to commit because of the fear of failure.
“Failure is part of success.” ~Hank Aaron
Are you one of those people who need to have it all figured out before you take action? Do you have to make sure that you dot all your i’s and cross all your t’s? I can so relate. I thought everything had to be perfect. So, guess what? I started overthinking everything, which led to me doing absolutely nothing.
“Strive for progress, not perfection.”
Hanging around in the comfort zone, comparing yourself to others, the fear of failure, and perfectionism will lead you to procrastination. Procrastination is simply putting off doing what you need to do today for tomorrow. Unfortunately, for most people, tomorrow never comes.
When tasks seem too difficult…you procrastinate!
Thoughts of not being good enough…you procrastinate!
When fear is present…you procrastinate!
It has to be perfect…you procrastinate!
When you procrastinate, you put your dreams on hold. You make excuses and end up always waiting for tomorrow. Procrastination can be one of our biggest obstacles to overcome. Meanwhile, waiting for all the pieces of the puzzle to fall together, someone else is taking action by doing the very thing we know we should be doing.
“Commit to action, one-step at a time. Just do it!”
Declaration: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” ~Philippians 4:13