Daily’s Long-Reads

Everyone wants to succeed in what they do. We all strive for success in our endeavors. And many of us are determined to achieve greatness. As a result, we continuously ask ourselves how we can be more successful. We ponder about the different ways to accomplish success. In our quest for success, we come across many interesting and promising methods. However, we tend to ignore one important aspect. It is crucial for success, yet we do not seem to place much emphasis on the question what it is that prevents success.

While we are focused on the pursuit of success, we entirely neglect the potential obstacles that stand in between us and our goals. Question is, how do you plan to takedown these obstacles? It’s ironic, right? On one hand, we spend a great deal of our time to chase success And on the other, we do not always ask ourselves what it is that keeps us from ever accomplishing it. As a result, we are confronted with the same issues over and over again. It’s about time we brought this to an end, how about that?


One popular obstacle that holds a great deal of people back is negative self talk. We all have that little voice within ourselves that continuously tells us what we cannot do. It makes us accept our boundaries; in short it’s a great obstacle to success. Not knowing what potential harm this negative habit can cause us would be quite dangerous. Only by identifying the problem as what it is we can work towards a potential solution. What if we are confronted with countless factors that all have the potential to make our pursuit of success a tough ride…?

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong from the weak.

-Thomas Carlyle

We all fall prey to negative habits, unproductive mindsets and non-beneficial hobbies. Time to identify what it is that keeps us from reaching our full potential. Gaining an understanding about these things will help you to remove these obstacles from your road to success.

Little Or No Vision

Everyone is talking about the importance of having a goal. “Before you start something, set yourself a goal,” they say. So we follow this advice and think about challenging goals that we want to accomplish. We decide that we want to get outstanding grades, find a high-paying job, get a promotion and so on. As a result, our goals are focused on tangibles such as money. It’s like a wish list of all the great things that we want to accomplish. If you want something, just set yourself a goal and work towards it.

However, in many cases there is nothing that fuels us to accomplish these goals. There’s nothing that drives us to reach beyond our limits. Nothing to back up our pursuit. As a result, we’re not motivated enough to pursue our goals with the necessary determination. There’s nothing that keeps us going the necessary extra miles. Nothing that motivates us to address even the most complex difficulties we are confronted with.

What is it that limits you?

We might pursue our goals with great enthusiasm for a certain period of time. But eventually, our attempts become halfhearted until we settle for something less.

That’s because most people do not have an underlying vision for their life. They figuratively try to build the most luxurious castles without establishing the proper foundation first. As a result, most of their endeavors are doomed right from the beginning. When viewed from this perspective, a lack of vision is one of the greatest obstacles to success.

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.

-Mahatma Gandhi

If there’s one thing that extraordinarily successful people have in common it’s the fact that they all have a vision. Think about all the revolutionaries that profoundly changed the way we live. Each and every one of them was determined to help make the world a better place. Well, Aleast, one way or the other.

Their unquenchable desire to contribute to the advancement of mankind was so strong that it kept them going, despite all the difficulties they encountered. It helped them to get back on their feet, no matter how severely life pushed them to the ground. Their vision enabled them to shake the dust off their clothes again and again until they finally succeeded.

Having a sense that you’re contributing to a greater purpose will greatly fire your motivation and persistence. It is, perhaps, one of the strongest sources of motivation one can tap into. It’s your vision that will enable you to overcome each obstacle that stands in your way. It’s the very foundation upon which you can safely build the framework for a successful life.

In the end, having a true purpose can make the difference between extraordinary success and mediocrity. If you are fueled by a motivating vision, you will keep going when everyone else has already given up.

Limited Focus

The inability to properly focus all our efforts on a given task is another major obstacle to success. Modern life has introduced us to concepts such as multitasking and many other enticing but unproductive distractions that drive away our attention. As a result, we often struggle simply because we lack the necessary discipline and focus. Instead of focusing on the realisation of a given project, we jump from one project to another as we please. That’s one of the greatest obstacles to success if you ask me.

Therefore, the vast majority of people have half a dozen unfinished projects laying around. They might have found these projects enticing at the beginning. But as soon as the first complications and challenges arose they quickly jumped right into another project.

Don’t allow a lack of focus to prohibit your growth. Instead, try to focus your attention on the accomplishment of the task at hand. Use prioritisation to tackle one task after another. Make every effort to stop your mind from drifting around. And most important of all, do not allow difficulties to stop you from pursuing your dreams. Do not stop until your project is finished.

Lack of Willpower

Many are under the impression that success comes easily. Even more so, most even expect that success will come relatively easy for them. What most do not take into account is that the road to success is often paved with sacrifices. Along the road, you will encounter numerous difficulties, challenges and obstacles.

Our misconception of successful people contributes a significant amount to this problem. When we look at extraordinarily successful people, we immediately discover all their great accomplishments. In most cases, however, all the efforts they took to accomplish their dreams are left uncovered. We see what these people have accomplished in their life, but we are not aware of the sacrifices they made. Even more so, we are simply not aware of the difficulties and challenges they were confronted with.

As a result of this misconception, we lack the necessary willpower to continue our journey on the road to success when confronted with hardship and failure. A lack of willpower can be quite a challenging obstacle to success. If a person lacks willpower they lack the mental strength required to do what needs to be done to ensure success.

You can consider willpower as a mental muscle. If you use it regularly, you will automatically strengthen it. But if you neglect it, the muscle will weaken. As a consequence, it will be more difficult for you to withstand short-term temptations. You might give in to tempting activities instead of focusing on your long-term goals. To put it simply, willpower is the mental strength of a person to withstand thoughts and temptations that do not contribute towards the accomplishment of their given objective. Do not allow a lack of self-control and willpower to keep you from reaching out for your goals. Try to continuously increase your level of self-discipline.

Are You A People Pleaser?

In many cases the difficulty does not lie so much in deciding what to do. Instead, the difficulty lies in deciding what not to do. We often accept tasks and requests without filtering them first. However, without filtering tasks by urgency and importance, we’re hopelessly lost in getting our priorities straight. This makes us accept assignments that might not always contribute to our goals. In the long run, these tasks consume time that could be better spent by working towards our goals.

In short, we accept extra work in the hope to please others in any way imaginable. We’re reluctant to act in a selfish manner, which is why we hesitate to say no to various obligations and assignments. Therefore, trying to please everyone landed on this list of the major obstacles to success.

The attempt to please everyone is something that we will eventually have to let go of if we are truly determined to continue the pursuit of success. The ability to say no is crucial for your success. Even more so, the courage to disappoint or upset people will help you to further concentrate on the things that really matter. Does it always matter to please anyone and everyone? I think not. If there’s one certain key to failure, it’s the attempt to please everyone around you. After all, you can’t please everybody, so why bother about it?

Fear

Fear can drastically prevent one’s growth. It limits us. It makes us accept the ordinary. It stops us from pushing our boundaries. Fear can also hold us back from ever starting to pursue our dreams. If every opportunity and challenge is perceived as too much of a risk, we remain stagnant. We start to pick up bad habits that prevent us from doing what is necessary only because we are too afraid to confront our fears.

The fear obstacle comes in many different shapes and forms. In some cases, we are simply afraid of failure. In other cases, we are afraid to be rejected. Yet in other situations we simply do not want to be confronted with the unknown. Whatever it is, it holds us back from being successful.

When it comes to the pursuit of your dreams, you have to be willing to take risks. If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got. Fear can stand right in-between you and success. It can prove to be quite a disadvantage if you haven’t learned to face and conquer our fears.

Consider failure as an essential learning experience. It’s a challenge for you to try even harder to succeed at what you’re doing. Understand that failure simply cannot be avoided. So try to make the best out of each and every one of your failures. It might be painful to be knocked down to the ground, but in the long run you will benefit tremendously from it, if you’re willing to use your failures as stepping stones to success. And never forget, the biggest failure of all is the mistake of not trying at all.

It’s Really Okay To Think Different

Isn’t it our striving for greatness that keeps us continuously pushing our limits? Isn’t the desire for excellence what keeps us going? Isn’t the wish to overcome mediocrity the underlying principle for great accomplishments?In short, settling for the average limits our development. It’s one of the great obstacles to success. It does not provide the necessary incentive to surpass our own limitations.

But please don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with being average. You can lead the happiest life as an average person. However, when it comes to the pursuit of success, we have to draw a clear line. Outstanding successes cannot be accomplished when settling for the ordinary.

To be average means to accept mediocrity. The average mentality leads us to live a life of unreached potential. If we do not strive for greatness and excellence it’s very difficult to be successful at what we’re doing, doesn’t really what it is, big or small, as long as you’ve put all your efforts in it.

Not every task needs to be accomplished with the highest levels of greatness. Sometimes, your time is better spent by focusing on finding solutions to more important problems

Thanks As Always, Rekah.

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