What's Really Holding You Back?
It would be rare if—at some point— you didn’t feel stuck.
Either you begin to experience burnout, or you aren’t reaching your goals and can’t seem to get past the plateau you’ve found yourself on.
It’s a normal part of life, but staying there isn’t. Successful people in all walks of life understand how to overcome the hurdles and overwhelm and continue to grow. And the first step is to determine what exactly is holding you back.
Lack of Clarity
When you don’t really know what it is you want, you’re experiencing a lack of clarity. Maybe you aren’t clear on what you are meant to do (your purpose), or can’t quite envision your life different from what it is right now. Or maybe you can’t even picture your dreams coming into reality.
These are all symptoms of a lack of clarity, and they can stop a promising future in its tracks.
If you’re suffering from a lack of clarity, take a step back and do some brainstorming (or brain dumping) to get everything out in the daylight where you can see it. This alone can help you get clear on what your next step is.
Lack of Focus
If you’re clear on your goals but you’re having trouble moving forward consistently, then a lack of focus might be your trouble. You start your day with purpose, but by lunch it’s clear you haven’t accomplished anything you set out to do.
You’re not a bad person and there is nothing wrong with you. You just have trouble focusing on the next step that needs to happen to make your dreams come true.
Try this: With your end goal in mind, brainstorm the next physical action you need to take to achieve it. So if your goal is to build get a promotion on your job, then your next step might be to ask for training or volunteer for an assignment.
Bored? Lost interest in things that you once loved? This is, unfortunately, pretty common. That’s why we see so many people jumping from one thing to another, never spending enough time in any one endeavor to see it through to success.
Staying excited about your goals starts with having a dream that keeps you going even when you’re faced with the day-to-day drudgery that everyone encounters. Not everything is fun when you’re on a success plan trying to reach your goals, but if you keep your “why” in mind, it can help you get past the dull spots.
Want to know how to easily fix all these issues (and more)? It’s a simple trick that the world’s most successful people have been using for decades: vision boards. These fun and colorful tools are often just what you need to clarify your dreams, work out your next steps, and stay excited about your dreams and goals.
Vision boards can be as simple as a few images clipped from a magazine and pinned to a corkboard, or as complex as a framed poster with hand-lettered quotes and personal inspiration. The choice is yours. It’s completely personal, super fun, and best of all, it works. Give it a try next time you’re feeling stuck!