How many times have you found yourself saying “I should be doing X, but I get in my own way?” It’s frustrating to get so close to your goals and then get tripped up by your own thoughts or actions. That is why it can be helpful to stop getting in the way of yourself.
We all get frustrated with ourselves at some point for not taking action, but here are 17 ways that will help you move past this frustration and start making progress on what really matters!
1. Don’t get too comfortable
You get in your own way when you get too comfortable. When things run smoothly, it’s easy to take a mental break and not push yourself as hard as before.
This is dangerous because the only way to actually get ahead is by taking action – even if it results in some failures along the way. You have to get uncomfortable to get ahead.
So, when things are going well and you’re feeling comfortable – push yourself harder than usual.
2. Stop waiting for the perfect time
There is no such thing as a “perfect” time to get started.
The sooner you get going, the more progress you will make and that momentum will push you through any challenges along the way – because once something becomes a habit, it’s easier to keep pushing forward despite obstacles! Stop putting off what really matters and get started today.
You don’t need to wait for the perfect time, you just have to get going!
3. Get out of your head
If you get too caught up in thoughts and plans, it’s easy to get stuck there.
You have to break free from these constraints by taking action!
It doesn’t matter if each individual task is perfect, what matters most is that you are moving forward with the end goal in mind. You can fix things along the way.
So get out of your head and get moving!
4. Don’t get overwhelmed
If you get too caught up in the big picture, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and give up.
Don’t get stuck thinking about everything that needs to get done – just focus on what’s directly in front of you! Break down larger tasks into smaller chunks so they are easier for you to tackle. Once you get moving and get in the habit of taking action, it will be easier to handle larger tasks.
So make sure you break big projects down into smaller chunks!
5. Don’t get discouraged
When you get in your own way, it’s easy to get discouraged and give up.
You have to remember that everybody makes mistakes or gets off track sometimes – what matters most is how quickly you can get back on the right path! So don’t beat yourself up over small setbacks because they’re not permanent.
7. Don’t get disappointed in yourself
When you get discouraged, it’s easy to get mad at yourself and get off track even further.
Don’t get down on your progress – just because results don’t come quickly doesn’t mean that they won’t eventually! If you keep working towards your goals despite obstacles, the right results will follow. So get back on track and keep pushing forward!
Don’t get discouraged when you get off course – just get right back to it.
8. Don’t get overwhelmed by other people’s success
Social media makes it easy to get caught up in everyone else’s “perfect” lives – but that is just an illusion! That doesn’t mean you’re not doing well, even if things don’t always seem as they appear on the surface.
Don’t feel bad because somebody has a better job, better house or a more attractive partner – that doesn’t mean they are happier than you! You get in your own way when you feel bad because of someone else’s success.
Remember to celebrate other people’s successes.
9. Don’t get distracted
When you get in your own way, it’s easy to get sidetracked and lose focus.
Even though distractions are around every corner – don’t let them derail you! So stop scrolling through social media when you’re supposed to be working on something important. Don’t get too comfortable because that can lead to laziness.
Don’t get distracted when you need to get things done!
10. Stop comparing yourself to others
It’s easy to get caught up in the comparison game, but that doesn’t help you get ahead.
Everybody is on a different path – who are you to judge someone else for taking a different route? Stop comparing yourself and your progress to others because it won’t get you anywhere! You can only focus on what matters most: YOUR goals.
So don’t get caught up in comparison – just get your own goals accomplished.
11. Stop making excuses
When you get in your own way, it’s easy to get lazy and makeup excuses.
Don’t get stuck saying “I can’t do this” because that won’t get you anywhere! Even if something seems too hard or is out of your comfort zone, don’t use that as an excuse – just push through it!
Don’t get stuck in your excuses – just get the job done.
12. Stop worrying about what others think of you
It’s easy to get caught up in other people’s opinions of you, but that doesn’t help anything. You will never please everyone so don’t try! Just focus on yourself and do what you know is best for YOU.
Don’t get too caught up in what others think of you – just get your goals accomplished!
13. Stop trying to do it all yourself
When things get tough, it’s easy to want to do everything on your own and not ask for help. But that doesn’t get anything done!
It’s okay to get help when you get stuck – just get the resources that will get things done! So don’t be afraid to ask for assistance or advice if you need it. You won’t get in your own way by asking others for support, but rather make progress towards accomplishing your goals.
Don’t feel like you have to get it all done by yourself – just get the help you need!
14. Stop feeling guilty about your mistakes
Everybody makes mistakes, even if they seem small or inconsequential. And that’s okay! We learn from our mistakes and make progress because of them. So don’t feel bad about something you said in anger, or a mistake you made at work. Just get right back to it and keep going!
Don’t get stuck beating yourself up over mistakes – just learn from them and get things done anyway.
15. Focus on a growth mindset
You need a growth mindset if you want to make progress. If something isn’t working the first time around, don’t give up – try again with some adjustments!
Don’t get stuck in a fixed mindset – just get the job done with some tweaks.
16. Stop feeling guilty about your accomplishments
If you’re getting in your own way, it’s easy to feel bad when something goes well for you or you accomplish something good! But that doesn’t help anything, so don’t get down on yourself for doing well. Just get yourself to keep going and get the job done!
Don’t get stuck in your guilt – just get back on track with what you need.
17. Get out of your comfort zone
If you’re getting in your own way, it’s easy to stay inside of your comfort zone because that feels safe. But that doesn’t get you anywhere!
Push yourself to get out of your comfort zone and try something new today – even if it’s just a small step towards doing so. Just get the job done no matter what by taking on some task outside of your usual boundaries.
Don’t get stuck in being too comfortable with how things are – get outside of your comfort zone and get the job done.
You can’t go wrong with these 17 ways to stop getting in the way of yourself. Now, we understand that some of them may be more difficult than others and you might not feel like taking some of those steps right away.
So make sure to try as many as possible and see which ones resonate best for you (and keep coming back here when life seems too heavy).