Listen & learn: 7 things standing in the way of achieving your dreams

by Alicia Fannin

 

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Achieving your dreams can be a challenge but it shouldn’t seem impossible. However, sometimes it seems there are insurmountable things standing in the way of achieving your dreams.

If you can relate to that, this article is for you. It can offer you help and hope in achieving your dreams.

1. LACK OF CONFIDENCE

One thing that very commonly stands in the way of achieving your dreams is a lack of confidence. You just don’t believe that you can do it. This one is not hard to overcome. You simply have to make the decision to believe in yourself. This one decision can make all the difference in the world.

2. LACK OF AMBITION

This one is a little harder to overcome. You have to want to achieve your dreams. You have to find the drive and the ambition. It is a matter of overcoming complacency and perhaps, even a bit of laziness. Once you make the decision that you are going to work toward your dreams, you are on the right track.

3. OTHER’S OPINIONS

This one always makes me sad. Others’ opinions can stop you from achieving your dreams if you allow them to. The trick here is to make the decision to not allow what others think or say to stop you. You can be brave and be uniquely you and decide to step out and pursue your dreams. Those that doubted you will really see what you are capable of.

4. FEAR OF FAILURE

Fear of failure can hold you back. It is true that you may fail. It is also true that you may succeed beyond your wildest expectations. You will never know unless you try. It is much better to try and fail than to not try at all.

5. FINANCIAL CONSTRAINTS

Sometimes you run into issues with achieving your dreams that occur because of financial constraints. This is where you have to get creative. How can you finance what you want to do? It may be that you have to work toward your dream in baby steps. That is perfectly okay as long as you are headed in the right direction.

6. YOU ARE TOO BUSY

Sometimes, we want to work toward achieving a dream but we are too busy. This is especially true once you are balancing continuing education, a career, a relationship or a family. Life has a way of overwhelming us if we are not careful but you can decide to make achieving your dream a reality. You can decide to set some of your time aside for whatever you need to do in the pursuit of achieving your dream.

7. YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN

Sometimes we have huge dreams and we don’t know where to begin in order to achieve them. The amount of research we need to do seems impossible to wade through. It may seem absolutely overwhelming to figure out where to begin but it can be done. If you are really determined, you will find a way to find and learn the information that you need to make achieving your dream a reality. Even if you don’t know where to start, just start somewhere.

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