PART 2 OF 2. We all have things that stand in the way of our goals. Sometimes these obstacles are situations or lack of knowledge. Sometimes they are inner doubts and fears. Learn how to recognize these inner blocks and outer obstacles and overcome them so that you can live the life you want.

TRANSCRIPT: This segment is overcoming blocks, part two. How do we actually move forward and move past our blocks? One of the steps is to gather info — What information do you need to move forward? Sometimes we have a block about doing something because we just don’t have enough information. Like if we are trying to build a website for our business, we may need to gather some information first. We may need to look up different website platforms, or research prices, or decide what actually you’re going to say on the website. How can you obtain the information you need to progress and reach your goal? Well, think of some ways you can obtain it. Are you going to do research on the internet? Are you going to check out books? Are you going to go talk to someone who’s done it? What do you need to know to improve your situation? Again all those things.

Brainstorm — list all the ways to handle this situation, regardless of how realistic or practical. And when you think you have them all, now list some more. I could maybe look up articles, I could take a webinar, I could do all sorts of things. I could talk to someone who is successful making websites. Maybe I have a friend who makes websites — I could talk to them. I could take a course on making a website. I could look up internet articles. I could check out a book from the library. All those are ways I could increase my skills in this area that might help me overcome the block I have. Thinking outside the box may give you a list of 10 things, and maybe eight of those things are completely unreasonable and out of your ability to do, but maybe one of those is just the thing that you need to move forward.  Maybe you hadn’t thought about it before because you were stuck in a rigid, narrow way of thinking.

So choose how to act. Of those options you listed during the brainstorming process, which ones resonate with you the best? For instance — taking a webinar. Maybe you hate sitting in webinars; you just don’t want to sit there. You hate the idea of a class — that doesn’t resonate with you. But maybe you like the idea of going and talking to your cousin Harry who knows how to build websites, and he’s willing to help you. So that resonates with you. You could do that.

What behaviors would help the most in this situation? Well, in this instance just picking something, moving forward, gathering information from that. Maybe picking another method, moving forward, gathering information from that. Maybe writing it down. Which way to handle the situation would be most helpful? Maybe talking to the cousin who knows how to do websites would be most helpful. If that doesn’t work, maybe going and researching online that would be helpful. So which one would you like to try out first? Pick one and go and try it out. If you don’t get all the information you need from that one, go to the next one on your list and try it out.

How can we turn this gathering of information into a Smart Goal that we can accomplish? Well, we know the acronym for SMART is: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. So I’m going to say, ‘I would like to create a list of 10 things I need to do to build a website.’ And I think I can do that. So I am going to say that ‘I want to do that by two weeks from today.’ So my smart goal is: ‘I will have a list of 10 things to do to build my website by two weeks from today.’ That is specific and simple. It’s measurable — 10 things, I can count that.  Attainable? Yeah, I think I can do that, even with everything else going on in my life. Relevant? Yes, this is relevant to what I need to do; I need to build a website.  And time bound? Yep, I have a date two weeks from today, so I know I have to complete it by that date.

You can find more information about Smart Goals in the Smart Goals segment, and how to follow through with goals and break them down into action steps.  Keep in mind this segment has been mostly about practical blocks. Practical blocks have to do with things we don’t know how to do yet, information we don’t know, talents we don’t yet have. For the inner blocks, you’ll want to listen to the segments on Core Beliefs and Negative Thinking and how to overcome those. I hope this helps you move forward with overcoming a block.

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