We are the #1 reason our lives are the way they are. We unintentionally do things that hold us back from achieving our dreams and from living a fulfilled life.
As initially published on GoalCast, Mr. Cyrus highlighted five possible dream blockers that could hold you from living your best life. He also adds some quick, simple fixes that can unblock you and make more space for big dreams in your life.
1. The media blackhole
Media is overwhelming. TV shows, Netflix, your Facebook timeline, Snapchat stories… the list goes on and on.
Surfing and scrolling isn’t always a bad thing. After all, we know you find daily inspiration in our videos and Facebook posts.
It becomes a problem when you overdo it. Spending several hours a day passively absorbing means you can’t use that time to take action towards your dreams.
Fix it: If you spend way too much time surfing and scrolling, set a daily time limit for TV, Netflix, and social media. Stick to it! Then use that time to work towards one of your goals.
2.The little voice in your head
We learn to be self-critical from an early age, not knowing how it affects our future success. You know that little voice in your head that says…?
You’re not good enough.
You’ll never be successful.
It’s too risky.
You’re going to fail.
That’s you slowly shaping your reality. Your thoughts become beliefs, and those beliefs control you whether you realize it or not.
Fix it: The good news is, you can change it. No, you can’t change. Yes, you can change it. Here’s how.
1- Start by paying attention to the little voice in your head.
2- When you notice a negative thought, replace it with a positive one (even if you don’t believe it.)
3- Repeat the positive thought 3 times.
The goal is to do this every time you notice a negative thought. It’s a simple way to reprogram your beliefs.
It won’t be easy at the beginning though. You won’t believe the positive thoughts at first, because you’ve been imprinting the negative ones for years.
Like I said, thoughts become beliefs. As you repeat this process day after day, your beliefs will change, and those positive beliefs will shape a new you and a new future.
3.The people you hang out with
You are most like the 5 people you hang out with the most. Our friends, family, and colleagues help shape our perception of reality and the paths we ultimately take.
Think about an addict. Before going to rehab, his friends are also addicts. But after rehab, he has to find new friends or risk falling back into addiction.
The people you spend a lot of time with influence who you are. So make sure you surround yourself with people that uplift and energize you — not people who hold you back and drain your energy.
I’m not recommending that you cut these people completely out of your life. (Though, you can if you want.) Just limit the time you spend with them and learn to filter out the unhelpful things they tell you.
Fix it: If you need new success buddies, try a club, hobby, association or new community where you can find people working towards similar transformations.
4.Living life on autopilot
It’s all too easy to wander aimlessly through life distracted by day-to-day responsibilities. Eat, work, sleep, repeat.
Because we’re addicted to living busy, on-the-go-all-the-time lives, we never slow down, pause and reflect about where our life is headed.
Are we headed in the right direction, the wrong direction, any direction? Are we standing still? Feeling stuck? What do we want out of life?
Fix it: If you can’t answer those questions, try self-reflection. A practice of self-reflection is a great tool for taking stock of where you are, deciding where you want to go, and adjusting your course.
Cyrus is an Authour at Goalcast
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