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Character traits that could be holding you back from achieving your goals

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15:45 PM | 21 April 2017
by Layla Lawson
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Whether your goal is running a successful business, landing a dream job, or maybe you’ve set your sights on a non-career related target, there might be parts of your personality holding you back.  Here are a few attributes that we’ve noticed stopping people from achieving their objectives.

Believing in yourself

Having doubts about the future is natural, but allowing the fear of what might or might not happen stop you from going for what you want is a problem. It’s essential that you don’t let a lack of self-belief keep you from pursuing your ambitions. Too often, people let negative thoughts dictate their path.

"Present yourself in a way that says you are ready to master or take command of any situation.”

No matter what is you are getting ready to do, be it a business pitch, an interview or an exam, maintaining positive thoughts is essential. Believing in yourself is key to making others believe in you. Focus on your strengths as opposed to stressing over any weaknesses you feel you might have. 


Manage your expectations! Wanting things to go your way from the beginning the easiest way to come into disappointment. Sure, there are people whose dreams come true without much effort, but for most, reaching life goals is a long time process which you will appreciate even more.

It’s important to understand that the effort and time you put into meeting your targets will help you appreciate your successes that much more. If you’re prepared to put in the hard work, and you’re ready to overcome a few hurdles along the way, you’re much more likely to achieve something meaningful.

Breaking goals down into smaller targets can give you clear direction. This process will help you identify any blockers as well as help you measure your progress. Most importantly it will do not you a morale boost and reinforce the fact that your efforts are paying off.


It can be easy to put off the difficult tasks and prioritise easier, more enjoyable things instead. There is nothing wrong with taking breaks but when breaks are stopping you from progressing then maybe it's time to re-think your approach. It won't be easy, so be prepared to force yourself to make the changes.

“Eating a frog, is the best antidote for procrastination"

Forbes magazine published a piece on steps that creative people take to stay productive and one of them was "Eating a frog" is the best antidote for procrastination. Be ready to embrace challenges and focus on the things that will help you move forward; you stand a much better chance of succeeding. 

These three are common characteristics, so don't be alarmed if you are finding truth in this piece. The important thing now is to make the changes that are required so that you are working toward and not against your future.

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