How to Succeed in the Face of Seemingly Insurmountable Obstacles

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To achieve your goals, you must take action – and REMAIN in action, moving persistently in the direction of the results you want to create.

But sometimes you run into roadblocks that seem too big to overcome, setbacks that knock you down so hard you begin to wonder if you’ve been wasting your time chasing an impossible dream.

How do you persist in the face of such seemingly insurmountable obstacles?

Here are my top 7 tips:

1. Know that adversity is inevitable

No matter how well you plan and how well you execute your plan, you are bound to meet with disappointment, setbacks, and failure along the way to your ultimate triumph. Sometimes, you will encounter what seem like overwhelming odds. At other times, the Universe will test your commitment to the goal you’re pursuing. It’s inevitable – and it’s a good thing.

Why? Because adversity is an excellent teacher. It gives you the opportunity to develop your inner resources of character and courage, requiring you to learn new lessons, develop new parts of yourself, and make difficult decisions.  

So instead of worrying about setbacks or letting them put the brakes on your momentum, know that they are bound to happen sooner or later – and when they arrive, welcome them as the learning opportunities they are.

2. Talk to people who have walked the path before you

Every challenge you encounter on your journey has already been experienced – and overcome – by countless others before you. Do your research and find out who these people are. Talk to them one-on-one if you can and ask them what they did to overcome that problem. Read their articles, watch their videos, buy their books – whatever it takes to find the answer to your problem.

The clues to success are out there in plain sight – if you look, you will find them.

3. Chunk it down into achievable short-term goals

When you’re faced with a big challenge, the best way to deal with it is to chunk it down into simple, achievable steps. This is true for any goal you want to achieve, really – by breaking it down into a series of smaller tasks, and accomplishing them one at a time. Be sure to set measurable goals with specific deadlines and then determine all of the individual action steps you will need to take to accomplish your goal.

Maybe your first step will be to google, “How do I [solve this problem]?” Maybe it will be to do some research, find someone who has solved the problem before, and set up a meeting with them. Or maybe it will be to download a tutorial, or watch a YouTube video. As long as the action is carrying you further along the path toward your ultimate goal, it’s a step in the right direction.

4. Come up with 3 possible solutions for every problem

When you run into an obstacle or roadblock, a great way to resolve it faster and with less hassle is to brainstorm three possible solutions to it. There’s always more than one way to solve any problem, and in order to find the one that will work best for you, it’s smart to give yourself some options.

That way, if the first solution doesn’t work you don’t have to go back to the drawing board or waste time getting discouraged all over again because you already have two more solutions lined up ready to go.

5. Set ambitious goals that help you stay focused on the big picture

When you’re scaling a mountain, it’s the breathtaking views from the peak—and the triumph you know you’ll feel once you’ve reached the summit – that keep you climbing toward the top. Don’t get stuck thinking only about your next few steps. Remember the ultimate reason why you’re doing this.

What kind of life are you striving to create for yourself? How will you feel once you are living that life? This is the fuel that will keep your motivation burning bright even when it feels like your luck has run cold.

6. Be willing to pay the price

Achieving your biggest goals and dreams will require some level of sacrifice. It might mean putting other things in your life on hold while you devote your evenings and weekends toward your dreams. Or it might mean investing some of your savings or giving up a few hours of sleep each night for months on end. Are you willing to make that effort?

Many people proclaim to want to achieve their goals, yet are unwilling to pay the price it takes to make their dreams a reality. No one knows this better than Olympic athletes. According to John Troup, writing in USA Today, “The average Olympian trains four hours a day at least 310 days a year for six years before succeeding. Getting better begins with working out every day. By 7:00 AM most athletes have done more than many people do all day.”

Although becoming an Olympic athlete is probably not in your future, you can become world class in whatever you do by putting in the time and disciplined effort required to excel.  

But before you choose to pay the price, you must know what the price is. If you don’t know what will truly be required to make your dreams a reality, investigate what it will take to achieve your desired goals. Research the costs other people have had to pay to achieve dreams similar to yours. You may even want to interview these individuals to discover the sacrifices they had to make along the way.

You may find that some costs are more than you want to pay. Only you can decide what is right for you and what price you are willing to pay.

7. Never, ever, ever give up

If the price is something you are willing to pay, commit yourself to achieving your dream – no matter what it takes. The willingness to do whatever is required is the magic ingredient that helps you persevere in the face of challenges, setbacks, pain and even personal injury.

Consider these examples:

  • Admiral Robert Peary attempted to reach the North Pole seven times before he made it on try number eight.
  • In its first 28 attempts to send rockets into space, NASA had 20 failures.
  • Oscar Hammerstein had five flop shows that lasted less than a combined total of 6 weeks before Oklahoma!, which ran for 269 weeks and grossed $7 million.
  • Oprah Winfrey was fired from an early television reporting job as “she was not deemed suitable for television.”
  • Tawni O’Dell’s career as a writer is a testament to her perseverance. After 13 years, she had written six unpublished novels and collected 300 rejection slips. Finally, her first novel, Back Roads, was published after being chosen by Oprah Winfrey for the Oprah Book Club, and the newly anointed novel rose to number two on the New York Times bestsellers list, where it remained for 8 weeks.

Can imagine if any of these people had given up along the way?

The longer you hang in there, the greater the chance that something will happen in your favor. No matter how hard it seems, the longer you persist, the more likely your success will be.

What to do when YOU are your biggest obstacle

All too often, the biggest obstacles that are preventing us from moving forward exist between our own ears. Maybe you have a scarcity mindset or have a negative relationship with money. Maybe you think you’re not smart enough or that you lack the education or experience. Or maybe the problem is that you’re scared of success, or you don’t think you deserve it.

Whatever internal obstacles are holding you back, I can help you overcome them.

Join me for five life-changing days in the desert this August – and work with me in person to recalibrate your habits, thoughts, and behavior so you can overcome absolutely any obstacle and start living a life you love faster than you thought possible.

You can learn more here: BREAKTHROUGH TO SUCCESS

I hope to see you there!

 

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Daily Disciplines for Effortless Success

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“Jack, what daily practices have played the biggest role in helping you achieve your level of success?”

This is one of the most frequently asked questions I get from almost everyone I meet – from my students, to top CEOs, to the great Oprah Winfrey, who asked me this very question before I appeared on her show.

I find that the most powerful actions I take every day are those that help me shift my attitude, cultivate a success mindset, and keep my most ambitious goals and dreams top of mind so I stay on target and achieve them faster.

Here are the six daily practices I use to stay inspired, keep my energy and confidence high, and accomplish more with greater joy and ease. Add them to your daily routine and I guarantee you will experience similarly great results.

1. Visualize your goals and intentions

As soon as you wake up in the morning, take five or so minutes to focus your mind on your desires, goals, and intentions. Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes and visualize what your life will look like once you accomplished your biggest goals and dreams. How will you spend your days? Who will you spend them with, and where? Spend 30 seconds to a minute on each of your core goals and desires. Focus on imagining how you will FEEL when you have manifested your ideal life. The intensity of this feeling will fuel the intensity of the results you will get.

Once you have that energized feeling of achievement running through you, visualize your day ahead going exactly as planned and moving you closer to your goals. This will motivate you to stay on target and accomplish so much more during your day.

2. Use external images to keep you focused

Another powerful way to keep your biggest, most ambitious goals top of mind is by surrounding yourself with visual images of the experiences you want to create in your life. There are many tools you can use for this, but my favorite is creating a vision board.

Cut out pictures of the things you wish to own (such as your ideal car or home) and pictures that represent the experiences you want to have (the perfect relationship, your ideal job, optimal health, being at your ideal weight, more joy, inner peace or balance in your life) to remind yourself of the life you’re striving to create. Put these images somewhere where you will see them every day—on the mirror, the refrigerator, or in a vision book.

For even greater impact, combine your pictures with words that reflect your desired outcome, such as abundance, romance, fun, or vitality.

(My team and I developed a complete vision board system that allows you to create a beautiful vision board for yourself – complete with inspirational words, affirmations, and quotes, and assorted blank templates that allow you to add your own personal messages to your vision board. You can check it out here.) 

3. Release negative thoughts

As you go through your day, you might notice yourself thinking negative thoughts such as: “I could never afford that,” “there’s no way I’ll ever get that,” or “who am I kidding?” These limiting beliefs are the result of negative programming from your childhood and no longer serve you. If such thoughts arise in your mind, as you become aware of them, simply let them go. Don’t fight or argue with the thought; just release it.

(If you're interested in learning a powerful releasing technique, check out my book Tapping Into Ultimate Success.)

4. Think a better-feeling thought

When you notice yourself reacting to a person or situation with disappointment, resentment, frustration, or anger, consciously shift your focus to thoughts that make you feel a more positive emotion. Your thoughts create your feelings and your feelings create your circumstances – so the best way to change your experience is by focusing on thoughts that raise your vibration and allow you to become a vibrational match for the experiences you want to attract into your life.

For example, if you want to be happier, focus your thoughts on things that bring you joy – such as your lover, your best friend, your grandchildren, or your favorite vacation spot – and your actions on the things you love to do, such as petting your cat, working in your garden, or listening to your favorite music. Where attention goes, energy flows.

5. Cultivate an “attitude of gratitude”

This is a big one – it’s absolutely critical to take some time every day to focus on what you are grateful for! The more you feel gratitude, the more you will have in your life to feel grateful for. It’s that simple.

All you have to do is spend a few minutes every day focusing on all of the things in your life that you are grateful for—your health, your children, your job, the nice weather, electricity, running water, a nice stereo system, your flower garden, your pets, your friends.

Some people do their daily gratitude practice in the morning, either before or after they visualize their desires. Others prefer to do it in the evening. You may wish to carry a “gratitude rock” in your pocket – and each time you feel it, remember to feel gratitude for all the good things you are experiencing at that moment. Or you could take a few minutes to record all the positive things in your life in a Gratitude Journal. No matter what your situation, there are always things to be grateful for – and the more mindful you become of them, the richer your life will be.

6. Acknowledge what's working

If you start to see something change for the better, acknowledge that it’s happening and appreciate it. When you find the perfect parking space, acknowledge it. When you get the table you want in the restaurant, acknowledge it. When you receive unexpected income, acknowledge it. When you meet someone who can help you reach your goal, acknowledge that the universe has your back and is sending you who and what you need to achieve your dreams. The more you acknowledge that it’s working, the more it will work. It’s that simple.

When you make a commitment to taking these simple actions each day, you will move forward with confidence, in the direction of your dreams. Believe that they are not only possible, but that they are already in progress – and they will be. You can use daily affirmations to develop these disciplines and attract effortless success. Learn how to create affirmations for yourself by clicking the picture below to get my free daily affirmations for success guide.

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