I was working with a client recently to create an action plan to get him to his goals quickly. We boiled it all down to simple steps, and right away he saw how the whole thing would work. In his words, he was inspired with a plan.
He was so confident, in fact, his next words were, “I’m not sure I can handle all the business this will create. I’d better cut back on the actions a little so I’m not overwhelmed.”
WHOA. What happened? A sneaky form of self-sabotage, that’s what.
When faced with a plan that will quadruple his income, he was immediately thrust WAY outside his comfort zone. Concerns about the challenges of a business four times the size of the one he has now triggered a subtle self-sabotage.
His saboteur immediately threw up obstacles. IMAGINARY OBSTACLES that would prevent him from taking the actions necessary to achieve his goals.
What imaginary obstacles are you placing in your path?
Don’t let the fear of potential problems that might accompany success hold you back. Create your plan in alignment with your goals and values. Be consistent about implementing the plan. Track your results. And tackle the problems as they come, rather than anticipating imaginary ones that sabotage your success.
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