As humans, we naturally have a high level of negative self talk going on that holds us a majority of us back from leaping into a future of success.
But what if that wasn’t the only thing holding us back?
What if there were a handful of other factors that are disabling us from moving closer to our goals?
We are all victims of these disempowering factors and we let them get us down at the best of times.
Today I will outline the 4 major things that are keeping you from greatness, so that you can be aware of them in order to remove them from your course towards success.
1. Lack of Vision…
A focused and purpose driven mentality is the defining difference between the successful and the mediocre. Every sane healthy person everywhere is born with the same amount of potential and ability. The only thing that will truly change someones outcome of success is their actions motivated by a focused vision.
If I asked you to walk into a room and find something as common and recognizable as a pencil I have little doubt the task could be completed within seconds. However, what if I asked you to accomplish the same task while closing your eyes. Unless you somehow developed a sixth sense of sonar this seemingly simple job would take several minutes, if not hours of stumbling around blindly and directionless, and it is still very likely that the pencil would remain unfound.
My point is this:
“We tend to get what we focus on, and what we don’t focus on, we don’t even come close to”.
The same principle is painstakingly true with our goals and dreams. We can talk about how we want to be rich, or how we dream of being successful and self-satisfied, however if we do not know what our dreams look like in specific detail, we will never reach our full potential.
It is imperative that you are consistently focusing on your goals, and visualizing what exactly your success should look like. It’s not enough to want to be wealthy, or to wish you were successful, you must set specific measurable goals that you can be constantly visualizing and achieving.
You cannot expect success if you don’t know what success looks like.
2. An Average Mentality…
To be average is to be nothing. The opposite of greatness is not failure, the opposite of greatness is mediocrity. To have an average mentality is to resign yourself to a life of unreached potential.
An average mindset is the most destructive type of mentality to have simply because it is fully accepted by our culture and no one will ever challenge you to expand your perspective and break out of that mediocre state of mind.
You are the only one who can challenge yourself to take on a bigger “think” and explore your full potential. The state of your vision or mentality will determine your level of activity and what you will be able to accomplish.
An average mentality produces an average lifestyle, but a focused goal setting mindset renders a self fulfilled life of accomplishing goals, and achieving massive success.
3. Waiting till you feel like it…
Let’s get something perfectly clear when it comes to working towards accomplishing goals;
“You will never “always” feel like doing it”.
It doesn’t matter how passionate you are about the work you are doing, there will always be days where you do not feel like doing the labor. However it is crucial to know that if we only did things when we felt like doing them, our goals and aspirations would never become a reality.
The act of being productive can be extremely counterintuitive. It’s common to think that in order to start working toward achieving something you must feel motivated. In reality, the opposite is true.
The distinguished artist Pablo Picasso himself said:
“Inspiration exists, but it must find you working”.
We actually begin to feel motivated about doing something when we begin taking action and gaining some ground toward accomplishing a task. Once action is taken your mind develops a certain amount of commitment toward the goal and we start to feel passionate and motivated which spurs us on even further.
4. Listening to criticism…
As soon as you start taking massive action toward your goals and dreams you may receive criticism from the people around you, usually these people are your friends, and even your family.
Remember: it is expected and accepted to be average and ordinary, and as soon as you start taking massive action toward a dream you will stick out as odd, overly passionate, and maybe even obsessive, and the people around you may try to pull you back down to an average state.
Somewhere along the line, people will attack your ideas your dreams, and even you personally. Your reaction to their taunts and discouragement determines your level of success.
You can react to negative criticism in one of two different ways:
1. Retreat and succumb to the pressures of criticism, returning to an average state of being.
2. The less chosen option which is to react in a way that views criticism as proof that you are on the right track.
As crazy as it sounds the more you are criticized for your goals and your efforts toward achieving them, the more you increase your chances for success. It takes someone who is truly willing to move against the world’s way of thinking and what is accepted as normal to create something incredible of themselves.
Still not sold? Just look at what history has to say…
Thomas Edison’s school professors used to tell him “he was too stupid to learn anything”. He then went on to revolutionize the lifestyle of people everywhere, inventing world changing devices such as the phonograph, the lightbulb, and the movie camera.
During his early career, Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination, and had no good ideas”. He touched the lives of billions of children everywhere with his creativity and passion.
Steve Jobs was kicked out of his own tech company several times, and still he went on to develop and design some of the most influential technology products of the century.
Every great person was criticized before they were admired.