If you’re like most people, you want to succeed in life. You want to smash your goals and then some, right? You want to, but some things keep getting in the way. But did you know that the things people tend to see as obstacles to success don’t have to be obstacles at all? It’s all in your mindset.
Here are five of the most common life challenges that don’t have to get in the way of success. Science shows that if you’re optimistic and positive, they don’t have to spoil your chances at all!
Whether you’re old, young, or in between, your age doesn’t have much to do with success. Teenage entrepreneurs are making it big, just as there are people still succeeding in their nineties. Age is not the limiting barrier people tend to think it is. What matters far more than your age is your mindset, passion, and energy. Forget how old you are, and instead, go for it!
2. Caring what other people think
Worrying about what other people might think is such a waste of time! For one thing, you can’t control other people’s opinions of you, and for another, who cares what they think? The minute you place your self-worth in the hands of other people, you give your power away, you make yourself vulnerable, and you become afraid to take risks.
3. Being with toxic people
When you’re trying to achieve your goals, you need to be surrounded by supportive people, not negative Nancys! Doubters will drag you down and sap your energy. Give them a wide berth and build yourself a cheer squad who will keep you going through the tough times and celebrate your successes.
There’s a saying that you are the average of the five people with who you spend the most time. Look around you right now and see if those people are helping you be your best you, or not.
4. Being afraid
Fear is a powerful energy drainer. It feeds on negative thinking and catastrophizing – the endless list of ‘what ifs.’ And living in fear can become a terrible habit that stops you from taking risks, challenging yourself, and even from having fun.
You can choose to be afraid, or you can choose to live your best life.
5. Being stuck in the past or the future
One of the big secrets of successful people is that they tend to live in the present. They don’t brood over past mistakes or worry about the future.
Accept that you only have control over what’s happening right now, how you respond to it, and how you treat other people. Forget guilt over the past, or anxiety about the future, live your best life now.