6 Common Pitfalls to Success
We all have to understand there is never “the perfect time” in life.
Time on this earth is extremely limited. You know you have something special inside of you, waiting to burst out, but you don’t do it. You figure you can just “do it tomorrow”.
Tomorrow isn’t a guarantee. In fact, if you are a 30 year old female reading this right now, you have about 18,980 days left in your life. Seems like a lot, right? It isn’t. It’s time to follow your dreams and create the life you want. Let’s get right into the 7 Pitfalls of Failure and what you can do to avoid them.
When I speak to others, I always begin by ensuring they know that we are all the same.
We all make the same mistakes in this world, the difference is the willingness to continue after you have failed so many times. Over the years, I have made many mistakes. From failed business ideas to leading my people in the wrong direction on a major project. In that time, I have learned so many valuable lessons that I am excited to share with you! Below are the 6 Common Pitfalls to Success
The 6 Common Pitfalls to Success
#1 – Being afraid to fail.
We are all afraid of things, but if you want to make it in life or in work, the one thing you cannot be afraid of is failure.
Risk aversion is something I enjoy writing about and teaching because the future belongs to a culture where risks are taken. Over my years in the Air Force, I have seen so many play it safe to avoid non-critical risks. Those same people find themselves in the same position year over year.
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Avoiding Failure is to Avoid Progress
#2 Getting a dose of the comparison syndrome
When I first began to speak to audiences, I didn’t think I was good enough. I would see senior leadership speak with ease and captivate hundreds of spectators. What I learned, is that we are all basically the same. The difference is some go for it and some do not. If there is going to be a big wall in your way that can stop your momentum, it would be comparing yourself to others.
Don’t compare another’s end game with your beginning. They started from scratch too!
#3 Avoiding the Pain
How do I stay motivated to continue pursuing what makes me happy? Will anyone like my content? Who will read my articles?
These are the questions I ask myself when I go through the grueling process of preparing value-added content or seek new followers on social media. It is painful!
The old adage of, “if it were easy, everyone would be doing it” is simply a fact. Most things in life are going to be painful, the key is to take methodical steps towards your goal and not be deterred. Each morning, tell yourself what you will do today to get one step closer.
#4 Thinking you have to be Perfect
To be honest, I suck at many things. I am no good at mechanical tasks, I run awkwardly and my chicken alfredo tastes like glue. But hey, I’m only human!
Whatever your pursuit, you don’t need to be perfect. Recently, my slides for a presentation I did in front of over 100 people decided they didn’t want to work. There goes perfection before it even started! I just had to adapt and overcome and it worked out just fine.
The final two common pitfalls to success are…..drumroll please!
#5 The Delusion of a Savior – No one is coming to help
Each day I message new people on Instagram about how I can be better I what I am doing or if they can assist me on something and each day I find that, in the end, I am alone here at the start. I find it fascinating that people seem to be uninterested in your art until it has accumulated interest from others. We simply have to have an enormous amount of grit to get to that point and you are on your own doing it.
#6 Not having a strategy
Whether you are using a new fancy app on your computer or you are just whipping out the pen and paper, you need to ensure you prevent failure by drafting a strategy.
What exactly is your art? Blogging? Video?
Now, what exactly is your overarching topic?
What makes you different and how can you leverage that difference?
Not having a strategy is a common pitfall to success. It may be number 6 on this list, but rest assured, this list is in no particular order!
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