22 Mar Confront Your Obstacles Head On!

What is one of your proudest accomplishments? Were there any obstacles to your success along the way?

One year ago, I celebrated the publishing and launching of my book, SHIFT: Move from Frustrated to Fulfilled. On my book’s recent anniversary date, I noticed something unexpected …  I received my 50th five-star Amazon review! The ongoing support and loyalty is incredibly humbling and appreciated. It means the world to me. Getting to this finish line was not without some roadblocks.  

Are Obstacles On the Path?

Here is what I learned before, during, and after the process … Obstacles have been on the path! Obstacles are still on the path! Obstacles will always be on the path! It’s a mindset shift.

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I remember it like it was yesterday. Ever since March of 2011, when I was inspired by Patrick Lencioni’s 5 Dysfunctions of a Team keynote, I had a dream to write a book. My goal was to be published in 2013 by my 33rd birthday.

After one year, I was making some progress, but no book. Unfortunately, I only had a bunch of bullet points. I was 32 and only had one year to hit my goal. So, to speed up the process, I tried to take a shortcut because I didn’t have complete faith in myself. In 2013, I hired ghostwriter #1. In 2014, I hired ghostwriter #2. In 2015, I hired ghostwriter #3. Strike 3. The ghostwriters weren’t working for me. The book didn’t feel like my story.

Is What You Are Currently Doing Working for You?  

Looking back to my strikes, there was an important “sign” that I missed. In an effort to find some New Year’s motivation in December of 2014, I started following some inspirational people on Twitter. The author of Day Job to Dream Job, Kary Oberbrunner, quickly followed me and sent me a private message. I learned that Kary is not a ghostwriter, instead, he is a collaborative publisher. In other words, he believes in a person’s dreams and coaches them to write their own stories. That January, Kary and I scheduled a call to talk about the investment. A few hours after our call, I sent him an email that said I was going to put the idea on hold.

Are You Delaying Something Right Now that You Know You Should Be Doing?

I was letting obstacles get in the way of my dream. Thankfully, Kary didn’t give up. 10 months later, he sent me another email that simply asked, “Time to roll?” I responded, “I’m in!” Why? Kary didn’t care that I had a 19 on my high school ACT test and an 11 on reading/writing. Kary didn’t care that I froze on stage. Kary didn’t care that I failed with 3 different ghostwriters. Instead, Kary believed that I could write my own story.  

So, after completely starting over at square one, I actually wrote that dream book and became a published author. I stopped delaying and letting the obstacles defeat me, by confronting them  head on. Obstacles are challenges that can be defeated by impassioned will and unyielding resolution!

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Where Do You Want to Be at this Time Next Year?

One year will fly by whether you like it or not. Where do you want to be at this time next year? Maybe you want to start a business, lose weight, or write a book. Now it’s your turn to close the gap between what you want to achieve and what you actually accomplish each day. Every path is an obstacle course, but don’t allow yourself to be another obstacle. Get uncomfortable. The easy way is not the best way. I believe in you.

ACTION: Is what you are currently doing working for you? If so, keep moving in the right direction. If not, what is the next step that you must take to move one step closer to where you want to be? For example, set a deadline, say no to something else, or reach out to a mentor. Take that step TODAY!

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