Thursday, January 21, 2016

Moving to the Next Level: What Needs to Give Way?

We are a few weeks into the new year, and I’d like to believe some of you are still pumped up about what you can achieve this year. At the start of a new year, many people visualize moving to the next level; they talk about it, and sometimes make plans. But as the days go by, they begin to lose steam, and just can’t seem to keep up with their plans. The truth is that there are many obstacles we build up without knowing. These obstacles stand in the way of us achieving our dreams, and until we address them, we will not move to the next level. So the big question is: what needs to give way? 

#1 Your comfort zone: You are very unlikely to move anywhere if you are comfortable where you are. If you see nothing wrong with where you are right now, then your plans to move to the next level will take a back seat. Yes, contentment is a necessity if you intend to get through life in one piece; however, there is a very thin line between being content and accepting mediocrity. You need to ask yourself what side of the line you are on. If you want to move to the next level, you have to become uncomfortable with where you are. You have to want more. You have to look for more. You have to be ready to work for more. 

#2 Your Wrong Associations: So many people remain stuck where they are because they are friends with the wrong people. Having the wrong association can keep you in the same spot forever. What are the aspirations of your friends? Are their aspirations limited? Do they believe in your dreams or point out that many people are living with less? Do they uplift your dreams and support your ideas, or are their utterances towards you full of limitations? Beware! Many people live out the limitations of their associations without knowing it. Many people find themselves in the same position because of the wrong associations. You must ask yourself if you are in the right company. If not, it is time to move on. 

#3 Your Attitude towards Success: Many people are scared of success even though they fail to admit it. Success comes with power; power comes with responsibility. Perhaps the fear of success is really just a fear of responsibility. Some people are not afraid of success, they simply detest it. They detest other successful people for having so much more than average. Your attitude towards success can either push you towards it, or prevent you from attaining it. If you are jealous and spiteful of successful people, you are less likely to move to the next level. If you are afraid of losing those around you should you become successful, then you are going to remain stuck in the same place. Change your attitude towards success. Admire successful people, read about them, internalize the lessons they share, mix with them, sit in their company, hold discussions with them, and watch how things change for you. 

Cheers to a prosperous 2016!

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