We all have those times when things just aren’t going right in life. When that happens, the first thing we tend to do is point a finger at something or someone:
“Times are tough because of my job, my friends, my family, my financial situation,” and so on.
While those factors may be contributing to the situation, they’re external barriers. Often, we have to overcome internal barriers, or mental blocks, before we can break down external ones.
The first step to overcoming internal barriers is to identify them. Here are four common internal barriers we all face, and how you might address them:
Sometimes you run into external barriers because you just don’t have enough information.
Are you having trouble completing a task? There’s no shame in asking for help or doing some research. With some advice, or a quick how-to article, an external barrier could come crumbling down.
When things aren’t going your way, it can sometimes feel like the whole world is against you. But it’s important to remember to stay humble and try to see situations from different perspectives.
If you’re having a conflict involving another person, don’t forget to walk a mile in their shoes. If you try to understand all sides of a story, it will be easier to figure out how to solve that conflict.
You can do this. You do have the power to make the most out of any situation.
Many times, external barriers only seem intimidating because we’re lacking self-confidence. Try giving yourself positive reinforcement. Don’t hesitate to give yourself an out-loud pep talk in the mirror!
If you truly believe you can do something, you’re more likely to put in the right amount of work and end up with a positive outcome.
It’s a cliché that people don’t like change. But it’s true — change is a difficult internal barrier to overcome. However, it’s an inevitable part of life.
Try focusing on the potential positive outcomes change could bring. If you have an opportunity to improve an aspect of your life, don’t let fear of the unknown hold you back.
Whenever you come across an external barrier, do some reflecting before you try to tackle it. Identifying and overcoming your own internal barriers could be the key to jumping over the hurdles that stand in your way.