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How Getting Out of Your Own Way Can Help You Achieve Your Goals

We all have dreams and goals that we want to achieve, but sometimes it can feel like there's something holding us back. Whether it's self-doubt, impostor syndrome, or just plain old procrastination, there are a lot of things that can keep us from going after what we want.

But what if I told you that the only thing standing in your way is yourself? That's right, oftentimes the only thing keeping us from achieving our goals is our own fear or self-imposed limitations. But once we get out of our own way and start taking action, anything is possible. Just ask me! Last week, I had the opportunity to do an exercise with the interns at work that challenged them to write the story of their future/ideal self. What we found was that there are many things in that story that only require us to get out of our own way and go for it.

For me, that thing was taking up a brand-new hobby: golf. This past weekend, I played in my first round and had a blast. Even though I didn't win, I was proud of myself for challenging myself to something new and stepping outside of my comfort zone. If I hadn't gotten out of my own way, I never would have even considered playing golf, let alone sign up for a tournament. But now I'm hooked!

So how can you get out of your own way and start achieving your goals? Here are three tips:

1. Stop making excuses.

If you find yourself making excuses as to why you can't do something, ask yourself what you're really afraid of. Oftentimes, we use excuses as a way to protect ourselves from failure or rejection. But the only way to achieve success is to put ourselves out there and take risks. So next time you find yourself making an excuse, ask yourself what you're really afraid of and then take a step forward anyway.

2. Believe in yourself.

One of the biggest obstacles to achieving our goals is self-doubt. We second-guess ourselves and our abilities, thinking that we're not good enough or talented enough to achieve our dreams. But the truth is that we all have what it takes to succeed—we just have to believe in ourselves. Once we truly believe that we can achieve our goals, anything becomes possible.

3. Go for it!

The final step is actually taking action and going for it. This can be scary, especially if we're unsure of the outcome. But remember, progress is impossible without action. So, take that first step—you won't regret it! When you take that first step toward your goals, it's not just a physical movement. It affirmatively shapes how we see ourselves in several aspects of our lives and makes those possibilities real for us to achieve!

Getting out of your own way is essential if you want to achieve your goals in life. Whether it's taking up a new hobby or finally going after that promotion at work, don't let self-doubt or fear hold you back from living your best life! Challenge yourself today and see what amazing things you can accomplish when you get out of your own way!

Reading Recommendations:

The Mountain Is You

This is a book about self-sabotage. Why we do it, when we do it, and how to stop doing it—for good. Coexisting but conflicting needs create self-sabotaging behaviors. This is why we resist efforts to change, often until they feel completely futile. But by extracting crucial insight from our most damaging habits, building emotional intelligence by better understanding our brains and bodies, releasing past experiences at a cellular level, and learning to act as our highest potential future selves, we can step out of our own way and into our potential. For centuries, the mountain has been used as a metaphor for the big challenges we face, especially ones that seem impossible to overcome. To scale our mountains, we actually have to do the deep internal work of excavating trauma, building resilience, and adjusting how we show up for the climb. In the end, it is not the mountain we master, but ourselves.

An Empowered Life: Affirmations Inspired by a World Greater Than All of Us

An empowered life is a collection of life-changing affirmations that I have used throughout my own life journey. As a professional empowerment coach, I understand the benefits of positive self-talk. We all need a boost of encouragement sometimes just to remind us how powerful we really are. It is my pleasure to share some of my favorite affirmations with you through this book.

These affirmations have gotten me through many ups and downs. They have lit a fire under me anytime I have allowed doubt to creep into my life. Yes, it happens to the best of us but I've got your back! With these affirmations, you will find the strength, courage, and wisdom that was inside of you all along! You may choose to read this book straight through. However, I highly suggest choosing a page every day at random and applying the selected affirmation throughout your day. Whichever way you choose to embark upon your journey toward empowerment is totally up to you!

I am proud of you for taking this step in your healing journey and I am honored to be your guide. Thank you.

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