The 7 Deadly Roadblocks to Success
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The 7 Deadly Roadblocks to Success

Obstacles to overcome to achieve your career and personal goals.

By Chris Widener - Copyright 1999 - 2001. Used with permission. All Rights Reserved.

When traveling down the road it is always good to beware of roadblocks! You donít want to crash and burn do you?

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  • The same is true in our journey toward success. We need to beware of those things that will keep us from our destination!

    What are the most common? Here they are:

    1. Fear. Fear is one of the worst enemies of success. When fear wraps its tentacles around you and keeps you in bondage, you will never be able to reach for your dreams. We must confront our fears, see them for what they are, toss them to the side, and pursue our dreams with relentless passion. Conquering fear and stepping forward to reach new lands and new ideas is what makes success possible. What are you afraid of today? What fear must you conquer to be able to achieve your dream? When you realize what it is, take an action that is diametrically opposed to that which you fear. This will confront and conquer the fear by giving you the first step in the right direction.

    2. Lethargy. Quite frankly, what keeps most people from success is that they simply donít have the energy, or make the energy, to do what it takes to move to the next level. They get to a point that is comfortable and then they settle in for a nice, life-long nap! Donít get lethargic; get going! Force yourself to wake up from the slumber and move!

    3. Lack of perseverance. Often times the race is lost because the race is not finished. Success is often just around the sharpest corner or the steepest hill. Persevere. Keep going. One more hill. One more corner! In real estate they say the three most important things are ďlocation, location, location.Ē In success the three most important things are ďperseverance, perseverance, perseverance.Ē

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    4. Pessimism. The saying is that you can achieve what you believe. Ask yourself what kinds of beliefs you hold. Are you an optimist or a pessimist? If you donít believe that you can achieve than you wonít. Your pessimism will prove yourself right every time. You will find that you subconsciously undermine yourself. Develop your optimism. Look for ways to believe that you can achieve success.

    5. Not taking responsibility. I am the chaplain for the local police department. The other day I went with an officer as he took two prisoners to court. Time after time the prisoners made excuses as to why they hadnít yet done what the judge had ordered (she didnít buy it, by the way). After dropping the prisoners off, I said to the officer that unsuccessful people and prisoners have the same bad habit - they wonít accept responsibility for their lives. You are responsible. When you accept that, you are on the road to success.

    6. Picking the wrong people to hang out with. We can easily become products of our environment. This is why it is essential to hang around people who will spur you on not hold you back! What about the people you have surrounded yourself with? Are they quality people who will encourage you and strengthen you in your quest for success? If not, move on!

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    7. No vision. Those who succeed always see their success months and years before they live it. They have the ability to look ahead, see the future, imagine the good that can and will come from their lives, families and work. To not have vision is a tremendous roadblock. Sit down and work on seeing the future - and make it good!

    Chris Widener is a popular speaker and writer as well as the President of Made for Success and Extraordinary Leaders, two companies helping individuals and organizations turn their potential into performance, succeed in every area of their lives and achieve their dreams. Join subscribers in 98 countries around the world and get Chris' FREE weekly Made for Success Ezine by sending a blank email to success-on@mail-list.com. Join subscribers in 66 countries around the world and get his FREE daily SuccessQuoteT with action point by sending a blank email to SQ@infogeneratorpro.com. You can join subscribers in 77 countries around the world and get his FREE monthly Extraordinary Leaders Ezine, one of the world's most widely distributed leadership newsletters, by sending a blank email to leaders-on@mail-list.com or visit his websites at http://www.madeforsuccess.com and http://www.extraordinaryleaders.com

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