Fears preventing success..

Do you have difficulty keeping a simple commitment to yourself? Sure. Nearly everyone I know has, sometime or another, found themselves ‘trapped’ – wanting to do something yet not acting on their intentions. These are subconscious fears preventing success.

So why don’t we do some of the things we want to or know we should like improving our health and building a better body?

What is preventing you from taking those first steps?

We see the problems and obstacles that lie between where you are now and your goal. Just as fast as you can achieve your new body, your mind begins to come up with excuses as to why you can’t attain your goal. So, before we can begin to take those first steps, we paralyze ourselves.

But what if all the obstacles were removed?

What if you tackle these obstacles and transform them into plans for achieving success? Would you then consider starting, or sticking to your new (or current) fitness plan then?

“… we can choose to transform those circumstances that oppose us into specific decisions and actions that can lead us to our goals.”

How can we break through the obstacles that are holding us back? Its quite simple, through the breakthrough technique. Below I have listed 8 common fears that hold us back from reaching and achieving our goals and ways to tackle them.

  1. I don’t have enough time.

Everyone has the same 24 hours filled with obligations such as work commitments, friends and family. Yet some people are able to achieve their goals and extraordinary levels of success more than others.

How do they do it? – They create it. By planning your days ahead, at least a day in advance or even a week in advance. Create a to-do list and schedule when you’re going to make time to reach your goals. Then divide your to-dos into levels of importance. Before you do anything, always ask yourself which of these will be most productive and help you reach your goal? This is a limiting belief but one of the very common fears preventing success.

2. I don’t know what to do.

Do you want to achieve your goals and not know what steps to take? Take exercising, it is hard to know which type of exercises to do, what food to eat or what supplements to take.

It is hard to guide yourself through advice given by experts and trying to sort through (mis)information online, it will not do any good.

So how do you find the answers? Find someone who has achieved your goals and learn how they achieved this. Another way to find this information is through our Mums at Work group directory has members from different areas of work that can give advice to help you achieve your goals.

3. I don’t have enough energy.

When you wake up do you have energy and feel ready to take the day? Or do you still feel as tired as the night before and struggle to get out of bed? Do you fear your current energy levels will stop you from reaching your goals?

For example, achieving your fitness goals is actually the solution to your lack of energy. We feel too exhausted to exercise but, we lack energy because we don’t exercise!

It’s been scientifically proven that incorporating exercise into our lives actually gives us more energy. Moderate levels of exercise can even help us sleep better at night, so we wake up renewed.

How else can we gain more energy? Through good nutrition and a balanced diet.

Exercise and proper nutrition play a vital role in our energy levels and allow us to perform at peak levels daily.

4. I hate setting goals.

The best way to set goals is by having a clear vision of what you want. Knowing what you want is a great start, but you need to make it more compelling so it pull you, like a magnet in the direction of your goals.

If you are not sure on how to set effective goals, then you should follow the S.M.A.R.T. goal-setting technique.

S.M.A.R.T. stands for:

Specific – you must be specific about what you want to achieve.

Measurable – Give your goal numeric steps that you will take daily to reach your goal.

Action-oriented – Create an action list of what exactly you want to achieve.

Realistic – make certain your goal is realistic through your expectations and time-frame.

Time-conscience – a date forces us to give it priority and puts positive pressure on you to achieve it.

5. There’s too much risk.

Working to achieve success can not only be a physical push but also a mental one. The plan you take must not only physically help you achieve your goal but also mentally get you there.

Every time we purchase the latest ‘instant guide’ to your goal, you are avoiding the process of a true transformation by trying to find a quick fix. You should save your time, money, and frustration of taking the quick approach because it never works.

Your chosen plan should help you set goals, transform yourself and your patterns so you are continually producing results that take you closer to your goals.

6. I can’t stay committed.

There is a huge difference between intentions and action. And the difference is commitment.

Our commitment to our goals leads us to achievement, even during the toughest times. There is a direct relationship between motivation and commitment. And if you’re really committed to making a change now, the only way to make it happen is to create a sense of immediate importance.

Clearly state your reasons for wanting to change and make them so compelling you become truly committed to achieving your fitness goals.

7. I lack the confidence to succeed.

Sometimes the accomplishment of our goals might seem so overwhelming, the temptation is to give up before we even start. This lowers your confidence even further which is not allowing us to act. You should break our goal down into small, manageable steps that you can realistically reach per week.

Suddenly, the overwhelming feeling begins to disappear and will help you build your confidence. And best of all, you will have achieved your goal one step at a time.

8. I don’t have enough motivation.

You need a source of motivation in your life. One way to do this is by creating a picture board of you goal. By seeing your goals, you will self-consciously start heading in that direction and start achieving your goal.

This constant source of inspiration is a reminder of where you are going.


Your goals cannot follow an absolute straight line. Life does not work that way. By tackling these obstacles and transforming them into plans, you will begin to create extraordinary results in achieving your goals. Overcome these fears preventing success.

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