Claudia Cooley

What is blocking your path to your goals?


“Success will be within your reach only when you start reaching out for it.”

Stephen Richards

Lately I’ve been doing a great deal of speaking for groups, which I love doing by the way.  As I start my presentation I talk about how all of our possibilities start with a dream and an inspired idea.  Then I ask “What is the “One Power Action” that if you do that, it would make everything else easier or unnecessary?  Then I ask them to write it down and to share it with me.  That one Power Action.  It’s interesting what I’ve been hearing.  The things that are in the way of people’s success are really very simple and not hard to overcome… so why don’t they?

I’ll share some of the things that are standing in the way of people’s success as my different audiences shared.  Being more consistent, becoming more organized, being brave enough to “ask” for what I need or requesting help, needing more quiet time, of course time management was almost at the top of the list.  More than one shared… just getting out of bed in the morning on time.  

This would be a good time for you to stop reading, grab a piece of paper and pencil and write down your obstacles that are holding YOU back.  

First, I want to mention the “Get Out Of Bed”… obstacle.  Getting enough sleep will help jumping out of bed in the morning much easier… and what are you eating before you go to bed?  This could for sure be affecting your sleep patterns. But also here is a trick I heard again that might be just what you need too.  Get rid of electronics in your bedroom and don’t use your phone for your alarm. Then the next power step is to move your alarm clock out of reach so you can’t re-hit the snooze button.  Put the clock across you room from where you sleep.  Please don’t shoot the messenger.  

Next, let’s talk about the obstacle in the way… could be you.  

The article “7 Bad Habits That most commonly Stand in The Way of Success” by Lolly Daskal, President and CEO, Lead From Within, gives some great insights I’m really wanting to share with you.  

  1. Letting everyone else define what you want.  It’s your life, so put a stop to allowing other people to decide for you.  You are strong and can make your own great decisions.  
  2. Playing it safe.  If you’re on a timid path, you’re probably fearful about the future.  Taking a risk isn’t a bad thing and often brings rewards.  It’s the choices you make along the way that make the journey so rich.
  3. Letting negativity rule.  We think 500 words a minute… are yours positive or negative?  Are you surrounded with negative or positive people?  You may have to create some new and powerful relationships that feed your personal and professional success.
  4. Living in the past.   Appreciate the good in the past and let the bad go.  This provides you the opportunity to move into the now successfully.
  5. Proceeding with procrastination.  You have a choice of how to spend your time.  Make the decision to set yourself up for success… I believe if your “Why” is big enough for wanting something in your life… you will get up and Get It Done.
  6. Giving into despair or feeling like a failure.  Sometimes good things just fall apart… but if you give it a minute, plenty of good things show up and you are learning powerful lessons that entire time.
  7. Giving Up.  John Maxwell ask us to take the word “Quit” out of our dictionaries and most definitely out of our vocabulary.  Remember, the moment you are ready to quit… is often just before things come together.  Making one more call and getting that “yes” is like having an ice cream Sunday.  What a treat and what if we’d missed it.  

Begin to eliminate the habits that are standing in your way.  Look in the mirror and say you look like a personal that is going to be a winner today.  Lead on.   

November 1, 2016
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