Did you know that the one solitary reason why people fail in their personal development efforts is because they allow their own belief systems to get in the way?
You will find people who say that there were circumstances beyond their control that made them have to step away from their self improvement efforts, but that is very rarely the truth of the matter.
Yes, it is possible for life to throw up roadblocks that you have to hurdle, but if you are truly dedicated to making improvements in your life, you will find a way to get over, under, or around any roadblock that is put in your way.
However, since the most powerful gift that any human being has is their mind, that power can be used to trip you up just as easily as it can be used to lift you to new heights.
In fact, in a society that is filled with a seemingly never-ending supply of negativity, an increasing lack of free time, and a continually growing list of tasks that any given person is called upon to do, it is no surprise that people have trouble staying on track with their personal development efforts.
The trick to breaking out of that vicious cycle is to recognize that it is your own mind that is allowing you to believe that the circumstances of your life have the power to get in your way, and then redirecting your mind whenever that happens.
Lets say for example that you are in the process of becoming financially secure. You are focusing on that goal, and you are inspired to take action on business ventures, create new products, or offer new services.
The normal course of the human thought process is to then immediately start to think about all of the things that are going to stand in the way of your success.
Maybe the business venture that you want to get involved with will require resources that you dont have easy access to. Maybe the products that you want to create will require a large expenditure of time. Perhaps you dont see an easy way to offer the new service that you have been thinking of.
Another example could be that of weight loss. You decide that you are finally going to buckle down and start exercising and eating right, and you get excited about the more healthy (and smaller) person that you are going to become.
Once again, your mental roadblocks jump in the way. You start to think about how much time it is going to take you to workout every day. You give thought to how much more difficult it is going to be to prepare and have access to healthy foods. You start to think about how physically and mentally busy you already are, and how cleaning up your health is going to cause even more strain on your life.
There are endless examples just like the two that were listed with regard to finances and health, but the process is always the same. You decide to make some positive changes in your life, but then you talk yourself right out of doing it.
The simple way to stop this process is to come up with a word or a phrase that you can use to immediately sweep away the negative and dis-empowering thoughts that come to mind when you are considering your personal development efforts.
It could be a simple power word like Next! or something more in-depth such as I am in control of my ability to accomplish _________________, and nothing is going to stand in my way!
You can come up with any word or phrase that works for you on a personal level, but the key to achieving success with this method is to consistently use it especially in the first 30 days of your personal development efforts.
It is a well-known fact that it takes anywhere from 3 to 4 weeks for a new habit to become fully ingrained into our lifestyle, and that fact applies to mental thought processes as well as the actual tasks that are involved in your self improvement efforts.
This method seems simplistic, which is exactly why many people will think that it is not effective. Another negative human habit is that we tend to only give value to something if we have to spend a lot of money for it, or if it is something that is going to require a huge effort on our part.
This simple but effective self improvement technique does not fit either of those descriptions. Rather it is amazingly powerful, yet ridiculously simple.
Whenever you have a dis-empowering thought, you immediately dismiss it. Whether those thoughts come out at random intervals, or if they are constantly popping up on a frequent basis, the solution is the same. Dismiss every dis-empowering thought with your power word or phrase every single time that such a thought crosses your mind.
Before you know it, not only will you have consistently taken action on whatever your initial goal was, but you will have simply and easily reprogrammed yourself for continued success in the future as well. You will also have built a rock-solid base of self-confidence that you will be able to rely on for the rest of your life!