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I’m all about focusing on the positive, but while hoping for the best, it’s equally important to prepare for the worst. Some of the most dangerous obstacles in the way of our goals are NOT major catastrophes, but rather small nagging thoughts that erode our confidence and progress. Being prepared for these negative emotions can keep you from sabotaging your successful progress towards unlocking the amazing potential inside you.
Some goals will take longer than others, and it can get discouraging when you feel like you aren’t making the amount of progress you should be. One way we can get discouraged is when we compare ourselves to others. Maybe you have a friend who reached a similar goal in a shorter time than you and you are beginning to wonder if you have it in you to access your full potential. You may feel that reaching the goal is taking much more effort than you expected. When you start to feel discouraged is the perfect time to go back and read over why you started this process in the first place. Looking at your big why can renew your motivation for reaching your ideal outcome.
Sometimes we have several big goals to accomplish if we want to unlock our potential. Trying to work on them all at once can leave us feeling overwhelmed. When our mind is filled with important tasks that need to be accomplished, we may lose sight of which should be done first or which one is the most vital to our success. The best thing to do is to work on one outcome at a time so this doesn’t happen. Then, go back to the plan you made for reaching that outcome. Maybe you need to break down the action steps into smaller bite-sized tasks. Or perhaps you need to only tackle one task towards your goal per day. This can be challenging when you want to reach your potential quickly, but slow and steady progress will make you more likely to succeed in the end. It’s okay to slow down and take smaller steps, as long as you’re taking steps consistently.
When you have self-doubt
Different things can cause self-doubt. Hitting an unexpected obstacle or making slower progress than you’d hoped for can leave you wondering if the goal is attainable. Ways to re-engage in your goal is to tap into your support system. Get a little encouragement from people who believe in your abilities. You might also want to pull out your journal and do some freewriting about your feelings. This is a great way to discover the root of the issue. Finally, go back to your big why. Review your reasons for taking on this goal. Between these three things, you’ll find the encouragement you need to carry on and be successful.
Emotions are what most often get in the way of the goals we’ve set and the plans we’ve designed. Don’t let feeling discouraged, overwhelmed, or doubling yourself hold you back! Cling to your “why” and surround yourself with encouraging and supportive fellow mom entrepreneurs who GET how the juggle is real AND they can lift you up when you just can’t seem to do it for yourself.