Last week we paused together and reflected on our resolutions. We took Key Steps to realise the value of turning new year’s resolutions into manageable goals and living in the now by taking one day at a time. This week I’d like you to look at what obstacles often get in the way of success so you can take Key Steps to…

Clear the pathway to success and reach your goals

1.STOP waiting for the ‘right’ moment. How many times have you said, “I’ll start on Monday,” or “I’m just going to wait until I have enough money saved up,” or “I need to research more,” or “I’ll start when I have less on my plate”? You’ve probably lost count. Stop waiting, start creating… NOW! As the Chinese proverb goes, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Any action is better than no action.

I am not suggesting that there isn’t wisdom in building up resources before starting a business or conducting sufficient research before drawing conclusions. What I am suggesting though, is that you need to draw a line and make sure you don’t postpone indefinitely because there is no such thing as the absolutely ‘right’ moment.

2.STOP trying to be perfect. Perfectionism is not a good thing, far from it. It is debilitating, energy sapping and a real relationship killer. While excellence is a standard you can achieve, nothing will ever be perfect… perfection is an illusion. And because it can’t be reached we can often waste precious time and energy chasing an illusion. Remind yourself that a second best plan in action is better than the perfect plan still stuck on the drawing board because it is not perfect enough yet. It probably never will be!

3.STOP trying to be super human. It is okay to ask for help. In fact, it is wise. All great leaders will tell you that it takes a team to do exceptional things. No man need – or should – go it alone. Accepting support is in important part of being an emotionally intelligent leader. Of course, this involves surrounding yourself with people who are going in the same direction you want to go in. Often the quality of your life and the degree of your success is directly influenced the people you choose to surround yourself with. Up your EQ today, surround yourself with exceptional people who will both challenge and support you, be prepared to ask for help and take Key Steps to…

“be the difference that makes the difference