Seeing Past The Barriers

by Terry Watson | July 21st, 2016
Demetra Moore

Demetra Moore

It’s so easy to treat personal development as ‘optional’ and so few people ever take the time to actively improve themselves. Your personal growth and self-development is arguably one of the most important things you can do with your time. This, for the majority of people it’s a case of pursuing ‘things’ and ‘stuff’ with the assumption that when they get enough stuff they will be happy. You don’t have to search too far to find just how wrong this theory really is.

Every day we read about ‘extremely successful’ people who are depressed, in rehab or committed suicide. Despite the vast amounts of money, they are not happy. The key to a lifetime of happiness lies in personal growth. Life is dynamic and it has to keep moving. Like in nature, everything that does not grow, dies! Although you probably won’t die a physical death, you most certainly will suffer a psychological death. Everyday life hands us opportunities to grow. They are mostly disguised as problems and unfortunately most people curse them instead of seeing the wonderful opportunities.

Earl Schoff once said ‘Don’t wish for less problems. Wish that you were better’. This is where personal growth comes to play and you must do it on purpose and with an active state of mind. So why do people fail to actively participate in their own personal growth? The three biggest personal growth barriers are interrelated behaviors that tend to keep us immobilized and locked up in inaction.


Personal Growth Barrier

Procrastination is the irrational delay of tasks, especially important ones. On a conscious level you might want a specific result and you know what course of action to take, but still you remain immobilized. The failure to act is what keeps you where you are. It is likely that what you are procrastinating about is what you must do as this will help you grow in your ability to take action. Personal Growth Barrier
Every single action is preceded by a decision. The ironic thing is not making a decision is a decision – isn’t it? Realize that nothing in the future has happened yet and fearing the worst possible outcome will almost certainly keep you from making the decision. If you don’t make the decisions you won’t take the actions and you will remain immobilized.

Comfort Zones
Comfort zones are all those things that you are too familiar with – and often to the point where you don’t even attempt anything else. Stepping outside your comfort zones however, challenges you to grow as a person. Most of your limitations are self-imposed and controlled by what you belief you can or cannot do, what you like or dislike, what you think is right or wrong. Oliver Wendell Holmes once said ‘Man’s mind, once stretched to new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.’

It’s time to adjust your mindset, and learn strategies to surpass these barriers. The resources and opportunities around you are countless. You don’t have to start this process alone.

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