It’s important to dream, to think BIG, and to reach for the stars. BUT, if you don’t pursue your passion with gusto, you’re wasting your time because your efforts won’t amount to any more than false hope. If you truly want to achieve “liftoff,” you have to get off the couch, make a commitment, and give it all you’ve got. The fact is, success won’t be served to you on a silver platter. Dreams, unlike eggs, don’t hatch by sitting on them.
During your journey, keep one thing in mind. Many people blame setbacks on factors beyond their control. In reality though, lack of success doesn’t happen to us; it’s caused by us. Here are nine roadblocks that can stop you dead in your tracks.
9 Roadblocks to Success
All talk. Some people talk a good game, but that’s where it ends.
Laziness. Some folks want the rewards, but are unwilling to put in the hard work.
Fear. Some people are so afraid of failing that they fail to try.
Procrastination. Some folks list every excuse in the book why now isn’t the time to start.
Poor advice. Some people allow their friends to discourage them from pursuing their dreams.
Indecision. Some folks are like a deer in headlights. They’re unwilling to make the tough decisions needed to advance their cause.
Commitment. Some people are not willing to make the required sacrifices to succeed.
Perfection. Some folks demand perfection and can’t proceed until it’s attained — which means never.
Quitting. Some people give up without realizing that they were inches away from the finish line.
Turn Your Dream Into a Reality
Here are four points to serve as guideposts for your journey:
Give it a try. Don’t wake up one day and regret that you didn’t pursue your dreams because you let fear or procrastination get in your way. Remember, if you don’t try, you forfeit the opportunity.
Don’t just sit there, do something. Progress doesn’t begin until you act. So don’t talk about what you’re going to do…do it.
Go all in. Few efforts succeed by dipping your toe in the water. Be prepared to take the plunge or don’t waste your time. It will require hard work, personal sacrifice, and commitment. Remember, pursuing your dreams is a marathon, not a sprint.
Attitude is everything. Your attitude can serve as a headwind or a wind at your back. Be positive, optimistic, and strong-minded. Once you make a decision, don’t look back.
Don’t let your dreams become an empty promise — to yourself. Success requires passion, optimism, and hard work. It also requires courage, sacrifice, and personal commitment. If you’re not willing to make the commitment, don’t complain about the outcome. Remember…you’re going to have good days and bad. But every step you take in the right direction will bring you closer to your goal. You’re going to face adversity, and your resolve will be tested. You may even wonder whether you’re up to the challenge. But you’re going to get through the tough days by remembering why you began your journey. At the end of the day your choice is clear: Are you ready to make the required commitment or would you rather forfeit your dreams? You’ll know you’re up to the challenge if you feel that you’re on a mission — and won’t let anything get in your way. So tell me, if commitment is the fuel for your dreams — are you running on full or empty?”
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Such clarity is much appreciated. You distilled the many reasons things don’t come to fruition and the anecdote.
Frank Sonnenberg says
Thanks Joni. I’m so glad you like it 🙂
Michele Caron says
Running towards my lifetime dream. It’s family guilt making this difficult. I’m in 150%. Saved, planned and did all the right things. Moving to. Hawaii from NJ is freaking out my family. If not for their fears, I would be leaving gun ho! On January 5th. Great advice Frank! Loved the article. Dreams are sometimes not just a ME but a WE.
Michele Caron says
A note: my dream is to open excursion business with signed contracts at hotels, wineries, cruise lines and restaurants. Spent a month knocking on doors. Doing due diligence and a business plan. Have no children and a very large Italian family. They are used to seeing me a few times a month. I’ve no reasons to stay in NJ. Grandma was Hawaiian ? my heart also makes me want to go.
Frank Sonnenberg says
There are some times in life when there’s no right or wrong answer. I think this is one of them.
My only piece of advice is, once you’ve made your decision, don’t look back. Make it work.
I wish you the very best in making your decision.