If the goal you’ve set is worthwhile, expect some resistance. Any significant goal in your life is only reached when you overcome challenges along the way.

As you encounter each obstacle, you can choose to either give up or press forward. You succeed when you resolve to rise to the challenge, instead of sitting on the sidelines or giving up.

Here are:

7 strategies to help you overcome challenges and achieve your goals

1. Identify potential obstacles

Start by determining exactly what’s standing between you and your goal.

When you think about a goal, what negative thoughts come into your mind? Think of all the reasons you could fail, and write them down. Don’t stop to think about what you’re writing. Just write down everything that comes to mind.

This strategy may seem contrary to most advice you’ve seen regarding goal setting. It works because when you’re done, you have a powerful list of challenges that stand in your way.

Writing down the potential obstacles is not enough to make you overcome challenges. Next, go through the list and ask yourself how you can overcome each challenge.

Finally, put your plan into action. Attack one challenge after another until you reach your goal.

2. Educate yourself

Learn all you can about the challenges ahead of you. The more you know about the circumstances or events that lie ahead, the better equipped you are to meet and overcome challenges when they arise.

3. Seek advice

Do you know anyone who has achieved the goal you’re setting out to accomplish? Invite that person to a meeting.

Talk to them about how they got to where they are today. What mistakes have they made? What worked and what didn’t? Your mentor may point out obstacles you haven’t thought about.

Use the experience of others to shorten your learning curve.

4. Think small

If you’ve set a worthy goal, you’ll face doubts if you only look at the big picture. Instead, take out your list of negatives, pick one and get to work on solving one challenge. When you’re done, move on to the next obstacle on the list.

Continue until you’ve reached your goal. Take small steps, consistently, to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

5. Remember WHY

Once my coaching clients set their goals, I challenge them to come up with at least 50 reasons WHY they want to achieve their goal(s).

If you have a big enough “why,” your “how” will take care of itself. Take a few minutes to write down all the benefits of reaching this goal.

What will your life be like? How will you feel about yourself? In what way(s) will your quality of life improve? How will the lives of your loved ones be better?

Read through your list daily for motivation.

6. Celebrate small victories

Each hurdle that you overcome gets you one step closer to your goal. Instead of waiting to celebrate the final achievement of your objectives, seek small ways to celebrate each little victory. These small rewards spur you on to more action that will ultimately lead you to the achievement of your goal.

Attach a mini-celebration to each of the steps you came up with in #4 above.

7. Enjoy the journey

Overcoming challenges creates a sense of pride and joy in your accomplishments. Remember to enjoy the process. When you face roadblocks, refuse to dwell on them. Instead, focus on solutions that propel you forward.

One more thing…

Above all, keep a positive attitude. Expect difficulty and prepare yourself to meet each one head-on. Seek the advice of those who have succeeded before you, and review daily why your goal is important.

Keep moving forward and enjoy each little success along the way. If you do, you will achieve your goals faster than you thought possible.

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Caroline Gikonyo
Caroline Gikonyo

Caroline Gikonyo is a Life and Business Coach at Biashara 360. She's an avid blogger and also oversees our content creation. This ensures that we give our readers quality and well researched information and tips.

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