3 Tips to Conquer the Obstacles Between You and Your Goals

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Goals are rarely without obstacles.  If they were easy to attain and without obstacles, you would likely already be doing them, right?  Here are three tips to help recognize and overcome obstacles so you can attain the goals you set for yourself.

Tip #1:  Acknowledge that there are obstacles - it won’t be easy.  Any goal you have set for yourself will likely have obstacles.  The first step to overcoming them is simply acknowledging that fact.  Know that you will have tough times.  Know that it won’t be easy.  Know also that despite the obstacles, you will reach your goals.  You will get through, around, or over the obstacles.  They are there for a reason.  Whether it is to teach you a bit about yourself, to make you appreciate your success when you attain it, or to make you stronger - each and every obstacle you encounter has a positive side to it.

Tip #2:  Educate yourself on what obstacles you’re likely to have.  When you create a goal, you have a few things you can do to help plan how you’re going to attain it.  Educating yourself on potential obstacles is one of the best ways to prepare yourself for success. Research your goal; if you want to lose weight, what are common obstacles you might encounter?  For example, cutting back on sugar may cause some cravings to surface.  Cutting back on caffeine may cause temporary irritability, and taking on a detox diet may cause temporary digestion issues.  Find out what obstacles you’re likely to encounter so you can be prepared for them.  When you’re prepared for them you can overcome them more easily.

Tip #3: Plan how you’re going to overcome the obstacles.  Once you understand what potential obstacles you might face, you can plan how you’re going to tackle them.  For example, if you know that you’re going to be dealing with sugar cravings, you can have a protein bar solution in your purse, desk drawer and glove box of your car.  If you’re dealing with giving up caffeine and you know you’re going to have headaches, you can plan a few days off of work, grab a bottle of pain relievers, or brace yourself to power through the headaches knowing the reward is on the other end. 

When you recognize potential obstacles, it gives you the power to anticipate them and plan how you’re going to handle them so you aren’t tempted to give up on your goal.  Recognizing and planning for obstacles empowers you to succeed. 

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