by Linda-Ann Stewart
I don’t watch much sports, but my husband and I do enjoy the
summer and winter Olympics. Over the years, I’ve noticed something interesting
about many athletes who are in speed contests. Whether they’re runners, ice
skaters or cyclists, when they’re in a race, they often ease up as they
approach the finish line. Sometimes the front runner, who has slowed down, is
passed by another athlete who has kept up their pace until after they’ve
crossed the finish line.
This isn’t just true about athletes. It’s also true in any
kind of goal achievement. The same problem affects changing a habit or achieving
a sales target. Do you have the finish line in sight and slow down or stop your
efforts? Often, when someone is about to accomplish a goal, whether personal or
professional, they sabotage their attempt. They’ll stop putting energy towards
the goal, try to coast across the line, stop just short of it, or abandon it
completely just before they’ve reached their objective. If you do this, you restrict the amount of abundance from the Universe.
Some Reasons You Hold
Yourself Back (and what to do about them)
There are a variety of reasons for this kind of
self-sabotage. Here are a three of them, and suggestions to maintain your
progress until you’ve accomplished your goal.
Fear of success.
You hold yourself back because you’re afraid of what success would bring, such
as extra responsibility, criticism or envy of others. As long as you fall short
of your aim, you avoid the potential consequences. For instance, you work on a
project, but as you approach completion, you get distracted. Or you
procrastinate finishing, because it’s not perfect. If you turn in a less than
stellar result, you can use it as an excuse for not getting that promotion.
If you’re concerned about extra responsibility, take some
extra training so you can deal with the additional authority. And you aren’t
responsible for how someone else reacts to your success. Don’t take it
personally. You are simply their latest scapegoat for their own insecurities. Just
focus on doing your work to the best of your ability and take pride in that. The Universe supports you and will provide whatever help you
need to deal with your concerns.
You set a goal that is more than what you actually want. For instance, you
state you want to lose twenty pounds, when your actual intention is to lose
fifteen. The issue is that your subconscious knows your actual goal. You can’t
fool it. Your subconscious will support you to your true target, but not any
farther. That means that as you approach your desired weight, you start eating
foods that aren’t on your diet. You indulge in some snack chips, then a
cupcake, and your weight reduction grinds to a halt near your internal desire.
To remedy this, remember that your goal is an artificial
ideal. Instead of focusing on the number on the scale, shift your attention to
the process that’s getting you there. In this case, your attention would be on
eating healthier foods, in smaller amounts, and getting more exercise. Small
servings of desserts would only be for special occasions. Your reduced weight
is then the outcome of your lifestyle shift.
This can be true of sales goals, as well. Spend more time concentrating
on your daily task of creating and contacting leads instead of your eventual
sales. Your process will result in with more sales than aiming at a target,
though the target is helpful to keep you going in the right direction. Your goal tells the Universe what you want. Your job is to
follow through with your process and the Universe will provide the result.
Stay in your comfort
zone. You’ve set a goal that you’re comfortable achieving. You have confidence
that you can reach your aspiration without much difficulty. It doesn’t stretch
you and you just go through the motions to accomplish it. Once you do, you feel
so good that you repeat the process so you can feel uplifted again. But you
stay in the same place and don’t improve.
Stop limiting yourself. Open your
mind to the abundance of the Universe. It is safe to accept more good. If
you’re not expanding out of your comfort zone, that zone will shrink and it
will be harder to maintain your current level of performance. Motivational
gurus and coaches encourage people to choose a goal that scares them. This
allows you to grow, learn and gain more confidence as you progress. What objective
would make you feel a little intimidated and uncomfortable? Start taking steps,
baby ones if need be, and accept the fear.
Focus on Your Steps
If you undermine your progress when approaching your goal,
stop thinking about the end result. Instead, focus on the steps of your plan
and your procedure for moving forward. When you accomplish one step, tackle the
next one. That way, you won’t be as intimidated or concerned about where you
are in relation to the finish line. And who knows, you might exceed your goal
and reach the stars.
The Universe wants the best for you and supports you in all your endeavors. Whatever you need to achieve your goal is provided. You’re Divinely Guided in your direction and activities. As you take the steps necessary, the Universe takes care of the result.
Watch the accompanying video, Overcome the Obstacles to Your Goal.
As a vision strategist, hypnotherapist, and speaker, Linda-Ann Stewart helps women entrepreneurs and small business owners who feel stuck, immobilized and overwhelmed to to get clear, focused and on the fast track to the next level of their business. To achieve a 90-day goal more easily, sign up for her FREE comprehensive Strategic Vision blueprint at www.Linda-AnnStewart.com/setyourcourse.html
. You can contact her at LAS@Linda-AnnStewart.com or 928-600-0452.