Personal Fitness Professional - Summer 2017 - 30
YOUR IDEAL BUSINESS
Pat Rigsby | www.PatRigsby.com
Step past the seven obstacles limiting your success
Do you have a goal that you want to pursue
and you're finding it difficult to take that first
step toward making this goal a reality? What
is holding you back? What has stopped you
from taking those first steps to success? Here
are a few of the common obstacles that hold
us back from taking action toward our goals:
Remember the Lao Tzu quote, 'A journey of
a thousand miles begins with a single step.' No matter how large or
how small the endeavor, you still must begin with a single action. You
don't have to have it all figured out. Simply take the first step.
Fear of ___________. (Fill in the blank)
It could be any number of things. Failure, humiliation, loss. Odds are,
the fear that you're experiencing is far worse than the actual reality, if
whatever you're afraid of did actually happen. Most of the time, the
fear that's holding you back is not that big of a deal. The potential
discomfort you'd experience is nothing compared to the elation you'd
experience from achieving your goal.
Unwilling to leave your comfort zone
This is just a nicer way of saying you're being too lazy to reach your
goals. You must accept that achieving anything of significance requires work and dedication. Log out of Facebook, quit texting and
hop off the couch and make your dreams happen.
Comparing yourself with others
Your objectives should simply be tied to reaching your own potential. Don't
worry about other people and what they've done unless it fuels you to work
harder and do more. Otherwise focus on being the best version of you.
If you're like me, the seven obstacles listed above have stood between
my action or inaction; they are all just obstacles designed to separate
the successful from the average. The bottom line is this: no matter
what your goal is, the best time to start is now.
No matter the goal, success is a process and it requires overcoming
limiting beliefs and taking action.
Maybe your goal is to finally start your business. Perhaps it's to
launch a virtual second location online.
Maybe your goal is to get to $500,000 in business revenue or
$100,000 in personal income.
The key isn't so much what the goal is, but how you act on it. Once
you've set your goal, you will set yourself up for greater success if you
spend more time thinking about your first steps rather than simply focusing on the big picture.
To get to your goal, there are a lot of steps in between and many of
those steps might not be as exciting to think about as your ideal destination. Here are a few examples of first steps that will help you start
making real progress toward actualizing your goals:
If you want to launch a product, consider setting a filming date and
hiring a videographer.
If you want to grow your business by 100 clients this year, start by
adding two next week.
If you want to take 100 days off next year, start by scheduling a vacation or at least a long weekend.
If you want to go from a personal income of $40,000/year to $100,000/
year, commit to adding $500 in monthly income over the next 90 days.
Doing more research
This is just another way of saying, "You're too lazy to do the real work."
Things don't have to be perfect to get started, so the need for endless
research before taking action is completely unfounded.
These actions might seem rather small and insignificant - but to
get the momentum you need to succeed they are a great way to start.
Success isn't a big leap, it's the combination of hundreds or even thousands of little steps in succession. But most people don't recognize
this, so they look for the magic bullet. While this isn't good news if
you're looking for immediate gratification, it's great news if you're willing to start stepping because you understand that the magic is in the
process and the process begins with that first step.
Once you've achieved these first small goals, start to increase them.
Before you know it, you've put a series of steps together and you're
well on your way to achieving your big goal. Before you can run, you
need to walk. The most important thing you can do to make your goals
a reality is taking that first step.
Not feeling 'worthy' enough
Not believing that you have enough education, knowledge, skill or experience can stop you before you get started, but the truth is that you
can't gain experience without 'doing' and you can't develop your skill
Pat Rigsby has built over 25 different businesses in the fitness industry from
award-winning franchises to certification organizations. He's helped thousands of fitness entrepreneurs build their ideal business. Visit his website at www.PatRigsby.com.
Thinking things must be perfect
Waiting until the situation is perfect is a direct route to inaction because the situation will never be perfect. No matter how well prepared
you are, there will always be something unexpected that can try to
derail you, so don't let the need for perfection stand in your way.
without practice. Most every expert I know felt this way at one point
and still proceeded to take action. So should you.
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