Julia, and that became her focus. Those

Julia, a focused bubbly young lady full of
energy, recently graduated from the university and was so determined to secure
employment or an internship opportunity in one of the organizations in the
city. Having had first class honors for her Bachelor’s degree, she felt on top
of the world and knew she would make it automatically in the job market. Four
months after her graduation she secured an internship opportunity with one of
the organizations she had been eyeing. Her focus was to work hard live the life
she always desired. Her pay wasn’t much and this was the beginning of her
problems that would see her out of the company. Julia had friends who could
tell her there was no point of working hard for people who don’t value her work
hence the little pay. After a few months of good work and praises here and
there, she began not caring about going extra miles just to achieve her goals
in the company. Julia could be literally pushed to do things she was able to do
on her own. Some of her friends would even advise her not to make any effort at
all and Julia listened. Poor performance, lateness to work, complains became
her norm.

Julia let the complicated relationship she
had with her then boyfriend take a toll on her, and that became her focus.
Those became her priority and she forgot about work. She had no plan, no focus
and was just living each and every day as it came. Her seniors couldn’t take it
anymore and she was shown the door. That is when she realized what she had lost
and her life changed.

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Everyone has dreams and goals, that kind of
life they aspire to have and live. However, not everyone can achieve these
goals and make those dreams come to reality. This is because many of us have
let our limits hold us back. When we encounter our personal limits, we feel
resistance hence this makes everything harder to accomplish. Many of us are
unable to hold on when we find ourselves in such situations and we easily give
up. We need to be self-driven individuals who can push beyond limits. The
physical inability, the doubt, the fear or a negative past should never hold us
back and in order to achieve this we have to adjust our mindset to that of a
self-driven individual.

Here is how to push beyond your limits and
achieve your biggest goals.

Adjust
your mindset

 

The mind is the greatest weapon
in our personal caches. It is capable of any thought hence can help us to
accomplish anything we want. For many, it convinces them to quit when the path
gets too challenging. Our minds instinctively protect us. Therefore, when we
face imminent hardship, the first response is to give up. If you become used to
accepting this, you will become a quitter. If done regularly, this can
create a limit and keep you within it. To achieve your goals, you have to
overcome the desire to give up. This can be accomplished by looking up to someone
whose resilience you admire such as your role model, your parents or your
mentor. Watch how they overcome the desire to give up. Then you can visualize
yourself doing the same every time that you face difficulty and feel like
giving up. You will find yourself holding on for longer, training your mind to
become more optimistic and eventually become strong enough to overcome your
limits. Once you’ve adjusted your mindset, benchmark your goals to someone you
respect and look up to then focus on doing your best to achieve those goals to
your level best .

Set
your career ambition early and be clear on what success looks like to you

Having a clear vision of the
end state you are trying to achieve before you take action to reach your goals
is the key factor in accomplishing any goals that you set.  Have a clear mental image of who you will be
in the future? Your vision is a “picture” of what you aspire to – and what
inspires you – in your work life. Articulating your vision statement for your
career is the first step in helping you eventually reach your career goals.

What
are the circumstances and strategies you can use to achieve your goal?

Now that you know the right way
to set your goals, what are some actual strategies for achieving them? How do
you actually follow through with things that we say that we want? Identify how
you are going to work towards achieving your goals. Plan yourself, create
discipline, lessen distractions, create milestones, overcome procrastinations
and then effectively manage your time.

Go
for what is unknown to you

Many times we feel threatened
going beyond our comfort zones. The unknown chance of success or failure makes
us fear moving forward since the older we grow the more we desire safety and
security. However in order to succeed we should be risk takers and go for that
which is unknown. Do not stay in that comfort zone

See
yourself at the next level

Stay focused.  You
need to focus on what you want so as to get motivated in pursuing your plan
despite your imagined limits. Many times, we know where we have been and where
we currently are.  However, we rarely know exactly where we need to
go. Take the time to imagine where you want to be by a certain time in future.
Visualize this every single morning when you get up. This will motivate you to
go out of your comfort zone and achieve your goals.

Establish clarity about your next step                           

 It
is essential to have clarity for your goals but you do not have to see all the
way down the path. All you need to see is the next step or two. To do this, you
need to have clear milestones or list of checkpoints. You also need the tools
required to achieve this step. A strict timeline is also essential for success.  You
need a support system to keep you focused. This is a manageable way to handle a
big dream. Therefore, work to establish a clear plan of action for the next
step and follow up on it. This will help you to gradually overcome your limits
and achieve your goals.

 

 

Eliminate your weaknesses

Once
you realize where there are weaknesses there are limits, you have to face your
weaknesses and transform them. We can either turn them into strengths or
eliminate them completely. This is the only way to overcome our limits and
achieve our biggest goals. It is a painful process with lifetime benefits.

Identify what God given gifts you have

Look
at those talents you have, the gifts you were naturally given by God that will enable
you achieve your goals and do not let them lay dormant since they can push you
higher.

There
are limits that hold us back from reaching our goals and some of these are,
fear, financial constraints, External criticism, the environment we live in and
the situations we go through in life. There are as well some religious
doctrines and beliefs that may impede us from actualizing our own personal
goals. Over dwelling on our past success is another thing that may get us
thinking we are perfect and leave us with no room for learning which may lead
to terrible failure.

Once
we get to know our limits, our fears and every other factor that prevent us
from reaching our goals, there are things we can leverage. We need to
deliberate friends and relationships. Focus on friends and relationships that
add value to your life and can help you reach your goals. Stay away from bad
influence. The kind of influence you want around you will determine you
reaching your goals or failing them. Always learn to sacrifice your short term
goals for long term goals. Always have a plan and prioritize them. You have to
change the context in which you operate under in order to achieve your personal
goals. There is power in positive thinking and positive language. Always use
positive language both internally and externally, gives you positive vibes and
positive energy to keep you pushing against all odds. Know you well, your
strengths and weaknesses. Self-awareness is important.

Everything
you have ever wanted to have, experience, or become, the power has and always
will be within you, but nothing will happen until you get and stay motivated and
focused to make something happen, to change your life, achieve your desires and
reach your goals.