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10 Potential Roadblocks You Need To Avoid On The Route To Success




10 Potential Roadblocks You Need To Avoid On The Route To Success

On any successful journey, there are going to be bumps in the road, the little twist and turns along the way, but if we are to meet our goals we need to ensure that these do not deter us.

We need to make sure that we take the right precautions to ensure that we can surpass these motivation blips and reach the target.

Here are 10 roadblocks that we need to navigate successfully in order to achieve our goals:

1. No clear focus

We need to have absolute clarity over our goals and destination. Only then can we ensure that we’re on the right track. This is the first and also the most important step in hitting our goal. When we have the wrong focus, no matter how hard we work we will not hit the target. Create clear goals. The more detailed, the better


2. No real purpose

In order to achieve anything it has to have some significance for us. There has to be some meaning or purpose behind it. When I tried to run 10k just to get fit, I gave up, the reason why wasn’t big enough for me.

Yet one year later I was able to complete a marathon. Why? Because I had a strong purpose. I wanted to do it to help raise money for friends struggling with cancer. We need to understand why our goal is important to us as this will keep us going through the difficult times.



3. Unrealistic goals

Impossible goals are, by their very nature, not possible to achieve. We need to be realistic about our capabilities and set attainable goals. We can set bold goals, or stretch targets, but impossible goals will just kill our motivation. We need to be bold but realistic in what we aim for.


4. Lack of belief

People are not afraid of hard work, they are afraid of failure. To increase our success we need to create plans that show us how we will succeed, or we need to find examples of others who have succeeded to give us the belief that we can do it too. When I ran my first marathon at the age of 52, knowing Farujah Singh a 100-year-old Indian had completed the London Marathon, gave me the belief I could do it too.

We need to have clear plans or examples of others, like ourselves, who have achieved success.


5. No recognition

We repeat what gets recognized. We need to share our goals with our friends, family, or an accountability partner and keep them informed of our progress.  Their recognition of our efforts will keep us motivated.


6. Being overwhelmed

When we are overwhelmed we become paralyzed and it’s usually because it feels like there is too much to do. But in reality, this is often because we just don’t know where to start.  We panic, not sure what to do next. We look at all the possibilities and then we just freeze. We need to just start, pick something, pick anything. Look to make some progress. We will soon figure out whether it’s the right thing or not much quicker than by being overwhelmed

“The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step”.  – Lao Tzu

7. Distractions

Shiny object syndrome is a killer, especially when the going gets tough or if things become repetitive. Small distractions easily divert our focus and then any progress we were hoping to make gets lost. The best approach is to schedule our work for when we are most focused.

For me this is early mornings between 6-9am. The better we know ourselves, our habits, and our preferences the easier it becomes to schedule the important work and avoid those times when we are easily distracted.  It also pays to create a quiet space with as few distractions as possible.


8. Setbacks and failures

Failures and setbacks are inevitable and we need to make sure that they don’t derail our attitude or confidence, in our pursuit of our goals. They are a natural part of the process and we should not only expect them but plan for them. So that when they happen we can actually see this as progress. A natural progression of our efforts.

“The phoenix must burn to emerge.” – Janet Fitch

9. Burnout

When we set bold goals for ourselves we need to set realistic timescales and pace ourselves. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither were bold goals achieved. Bold goals take time and we need to make sure that we give ourselves every chance to be successful. We need to not only start strongly but look to have the energy to finish strongly too.


10. Lack of progress

When we fail to make progress more often than not, it’s that we lack visibility into our real progress and this can cause us to give up when the finishing line is just around the corner. We need to have a clear plan of expected progress and track our actual progress against it so that we can see our performance and be motivated by our progress.

If we can avoid these ten potential pitfalls we will give ourselves a much better chance of succeeding.

Which of these potential issues causes you the most problems and why? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

Gordon Tredgold is a former corporate warrior who now writes, speaks, and coaches on leadership, achieving results and driving success. Gordon preaches simplicity in everything and has developed the ‘FAST Approach to Achieving Success’ and his mission is to help people exceed their potential and achieve amazing results. If people want to join him you can go to or follow him on twitter @gordontredgold.

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not




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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch




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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance




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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show




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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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