While many people talk about the importance of career advancement, people rarely address the obstacles that arise along the way. Knowing (1) that these obstacles are real and (2) how they present are the first steps in preparing yourself for battle should any of them appear on your purpose path!

Fear “What if things don’t go according to plan?”

Raise your hand if you have ever avoided trying something new due to fear of how it would all turn out. Nobody can predict the future and have certainty of an outcome. However, that shouldn’t stop you from pursuing your passions because if no one ever tried, no one would ever succeed. This sense of anxiety over the unknown is natural, but you shouldn’t let it hinder you. Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game!

Self-Doubt “What if I fail?”

Self-doubt will cause you to quit before you even try. When that doubt starts to creep in, just remember two things: First, it’s okay to not hit every target on the first go-round. Use these opportunities to learn, grow and progress. Second, doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. So just go for it!

Ignorance “I have no idea if my resume and LinkedIn are up to standard.”

There’s truly no excuse for this one in 2021 because there is an abundance of resources available at your fingertips. Whether it’s social media, e-learning, internet searches, or the hired help of an industry expert, use your resources to verify and improve your resume and Linkedin. This will not only optimize your portfolio, but it will give you the needed confidence to tackle your goals!

Complacency “I’m okay where I am.”

While it is totally okay to be happy with your current accomplishments, you should never limit your potential without good reason (ex: taking time to focus on self-care). Be the best that you can be (in all ways) and reap the rewards!

Weight of the Past “Because I didn’t do X, I’ll never be able to do Y.”

Leave the past exactly where it is… IN THE PAST! You should never let your past hold you back from a great future. As the old saying goes, “Sometimes it takes a small setback to breed a bigger comeback.” Use your lessons learned to strengthen you and move forward. Regardless of your past, you have the power to prosper!

These are just a few common obstacles. Have any of them been holding you back? If so, drop me a line, and let’s chat!