Despite our best intentions, we sometimes do things that we think will help us achieve our goals, but we end up creating larger barriers to our success. If you’re finding that success is more elusive than you’d like for it to be, make sure you’re not buying into these myths, which could be doing more harm than good.
The belief that you have to know everything. Preparation is key to achieving more in life, and we can always use more education. However, some people use the quest for more knowledge as a crutch, by convincing themselves that they can’t move forward until they know everything there is to know about a subject. There will never come a time when you know everything there is to know because the quest for knowledge is a never-ending task. Apply what you learn as you go and you’ll constantly be moving forward.
The belief that you must achieve perfection. Many people waste valuable opportunities while waiting for the perfect time or perfect circumstances. The idea that you can ever achieve perfection is a myth; there will always be more to learn, and you’ll always be able to do better. When you put something off in the quest for perfection, you simply procrastinate and keep yourself from enjoying the success that you could achieve today.
The belief that successful people never give up. We’ve all heard the well-meaning advice that you should never give up. While it is true that persistence is important to achieving anything worthwhile, there are times when you have to change your approach to reaching your goals. If your current efforts to achieve a certain goal aren’t working, it may be time to try something new. After all, if you want different results, you have to be willing to take different actions. If you are unwilling to change course, your inflexibility can hurt you. Knowing when to give up on something and tackle it in a different way is one of the most important skills you can master.
Sometimes there are uncontrollable circumstances that hinder us, but often we stop ourselves from achieving our most desired goals. You hold the power to achieving more in life. There’s no better time than the present to get out of your own way.