Some of us have old habits that are deceivingly “comfortable.” (At least we think they are). The payoff for holding on to them is that we feel stuck, can tell a “great story” about that, and don’t face the unknown, which although fearful, could yield some great rewards.
If we take a hard look at what keeps us from realizing our full potential, 4 things stand out:
1. Doubting yourself—self-doubt is downer
Second-guessing yourself can turn a confident decision into overthinking and analyzing every ridiculous detail. Be Happy: You made a decision, move on….tell yourself, NEXT!
2. Letting FEAR take the lead
No matter what you do, there will always be a certain amount of fear involved—that is the nature of trying something new. What really matters is what you focus on—is it the FEAR or the excitement of breaking new ground? Often fear and excitement evoke the same sensations, it’s what you do with the mind—what are your thoughts focusing on?
3. Thinking you can’t tackle something bigger
Of course you can, why do you say you can’t? It’s probably because someone in your past or present thought that. But does that make it true? No. It probably has more to do with them, how they feel about themselves, than you. (They are just projecting their feelings onto you).
4. Compare and despair
Stop comparing yourself to other people. You probably won’t measure up and will feel bad about yourself. You have your own unique talents and gifts, as well as challenges to deal with. Keep the focus on yourself and the progress you are making.