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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

5 Roadblocks That Can Stop You from Living Your Dreams

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You can live your dreams. Yes, you can beat the odds to make the passion in your heart a reality. Where do you see yourself in the next five years from now? Establishing your own company, getting married, increasing the profitability of your business by 100% or raising a family. All these are realizable, even at a record time, but you need to take away apparent roadblocks that are capable of hindering your movement from the realm of dreaming to the realm of actualisation.

Why do many people have good plans for their lives and yet fail to live up to them? It’s quite obvious that having immense potential is not equal to delivery. There are roadblocks along the path to success that need to be eliminated if your visions are to see the light of the day. Now let’s take a look at some of the roadblocks and what we can do to eradicate their negative impact.

Roadblock #1: The Obsession to get something for nothing
One of the deceptive fads of this age is the obsession to get something for nothing. People want to acquire wealth without working. You’re dreaming big yet you don’t want to ‘sweat’; that’s delusion. Little wonder gambling houses are growing fat by the day while the purses of their victims are becoming leaner. The road to success is a slow and steady one. Instead of thinking of getting something for nothing, invest the energy in thinking of needs you can meet in your immediate environment. Do you know you can become a millionaire by simply meeting the needs of at least one million people? It’s not a cheap talk. In this internet era, where we have information explosion, you can easily reach your target audience with information about your products and services. So let go of the “freebies” mentality; look out for needs, meet them and you will be handsomely rewarded.

Roadblock #2: Wrong Environment
One of the most prominent dream killers is a wrong environment. The influence of the environment on a person’s character and disposition to life is a subject experts the world over are still exploring. Your dreams, goals and visions are like seeds, plant them in hostile soil and you’ll see them die natural death, but plant the same seeds in a fertile ground and they will flourish. Please watch it, the company you keep determines what follows you. It’s high time you eliminated all the negativity influences stopping you from attaining your set objectives. Surround yourself with positive people, people with winning mentality; get a mentor who would encourage you to aspire for great things in life. 

Roadblock #3: Fear of failure
Fear of failure is a snare, a trap we must by all means avoid. Opportunity, they say, favours the brave. You must be willing to take risks. Arc Bishop Benson Idahosa, of blessed memory, said something about risk and I want you to note it: “it is more risky, not to take a risk”. You’ve got to convince yourself on the need to keep chasing your goals, until they become a reality. Distance yourself from the fear of failure since you are not a failure until you quit trying. The things you fear may eventually come upon you because your life is a reflection of your deep thoughts. As a man thinketh in his heart so is he. Excise the fear factor and you’ll see yourself drawing closer to actualizing your dreams.

Roadblock #4: Procrastination
Procrastination is a brainchild of fear of failure, where one keeps putting off till tomorrow things that should be done today. Proverbs says, “If you keep waiting for perfect weather, you will not go to the field and sow”. Starting sometimes is the most difficult part of any project, but once you muster the courage to begin, other things will start falling in place. There’s no better time to commence that course, present the proposal, launch the weight loss programme than now. Procrastination is a thief of time.

Roadblock #5: Complacency
Having achieved a certain success, you will do yourself a disservice if you allow complacency to creep in. “Good” usually is the enemy of “Best”. We tend to take our feet off the gear once we’ve realized our targets. But real champions don’t think that way; champions keep working on realizing their dreams irrespective of their previous achievements. As long as it is called today, you should know that it’s not yet uhuru. The day you stop doing what brought you to where you are incidentally heralds the start of a decline. 

The performance of Chelsea Football Club this season epitomizes what it means to be complacent. They swept away other teams on their way to winning the EPL during the 2014/2015 season. However, many of their players season are huge shadows of their former selves, having come back from preseason ‘heavy’ and complacent. This is already reflecting in their poor position in the league table and recent performances. To be a top performer, you must ditch the idea to rest on your oars even after achieving something.

Do your best every day, whatever you have in hand. Let no day meet you without working assiduously towards your goals. The good news is every goal set by you can be attained with hardwork, focus and dedication. Remember no one is capable of stopping you from becoming the best that God destined you to be, except you. 

See you at the top!

I have no doubt that you know other things that can become a roadblock to one attaining his/her goals, and will be pleased to have you share them with us in the comment section below.

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