What's your biggest obstacle to success?

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I've been thinking lately about the things that hold me back or stop me from being more successful. I'm not complaining here because I'm actually doing pretty well. I run an SEO business, an NLP training business and a print newspaper business, so I can't sit here and complain. It's all good.

Still, I keep myself achieving more by not leveraging my time well. I'll sit for half a day tinkering with some obscure or relatively unimportant SEO tactic when I could be using that time to make real money and build my businesses.

So, my number one enemy = DISTRACTION, or spending time doing less important, non-priority activities.

What's your success enemy #1?


Distraction? Lack of a good strategy? Fear? No time? No money? No motivation? Too many Twinkies? What?

Just curious.

If you feel like it, tell us what you do to overcome it. For me, it helps when I plan my week thoroughly, rather than blow in the wind every day.
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  • Profile picture of the author AlvinBasil
    My confusion is always my success enemy #1. Whenever I decide to achieve something then there is always another option in my mind through which i become unable to achieve that success sometimes.
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    • Profile picture of the author ricky pounting
      Originally Posted by AlvinBasil View Post

      My confusion is always my success enemy #1. Whenever I decide to achieve something then there is always another option in my mind through which i become unable to achieve that success sometimes.
      you can convert it into your best success technique.The second option could be a great idea. always try to work different from normal circumstances.
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  • Profile picture of the author DeltaForce
    Procrastination is my worst enemy, I think of all the great things I am going to do but then fail to take initiative and act upon them......
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  • Profile picture of the author elvisA
    not having enough patients would be my number #1 setback. i get frustrated to quickly when a certain campaign isn't working like i wanted to!

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  • Profile picture of the author sandy christine1
    Communication skills is the biggest obstacle to success.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dyer402
    My stupid day job.. im usually there all day and night...
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  • Profile picture of the author jewin
    Fear of Change. The only way I've found to overcome it so far is to embrace and remember my goals more clearly and then to meditate about them. By meditation, I mean visualize myself having attained the goals; what it would feel like, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author danlew
    My biggest obstacles to success are discipline and sacrifice. When I have a purpose or a goal that I should set, I must commit and willing to succeed with this. It requires self-discipline to keep this going until I succeed and to sacrifice the ones that really wasted my time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    Low traffic numbers is my biggest obstacle right now. :/
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    • Profile picture of the author ArthelJoyVallon
      Doing things half-heartedly. That's probably my biggest obstacle to success. I do things because that's what others do, not because that's what I wanted to. Whatever the outcome is, it doesn't matter much to me; somehow, I know I have to stop doing things that way and start finding my true motivation. Problem is, I still can't figure out what. ( -_-"). I know I'll figure it out one day, that's why I try out various things, and keep my mind open to other (and bigger?) possibilities.
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  • By far, my biggest issue is having too many projects on my plate at the same time!
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  • Profile picture of the author Francisco78
    my BIGGEST fear is to implement my marketing strategies but fear doesnt let me take action and then I think..wont work! why im in doubts? like Nike slogan... " just do it" ?
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  • Profile picture of the author Bali Dancer
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    • Profile picture of the author eb219
      Definitely Twinkies, they haunt me in my dreams

      Sometimes it's motivation ... when you periodically get trapped in the details and lose sight of the bigger picture. Always take a little time every day to remind yourself where you're at, and where you need to be, and frequently step back and look at things from a fresh angle for new insights.
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  • Profile picture of the author sandy christine1
    Poor communication skill is my biggest obstacle to success.
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  • Profile picture of the author Social Expert
    Losing the motivation every now and then, specially after a setback....
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  • Profile picture of the author Shubh Ashish
    negative thinking and negative thoughts are the biggest enemies of success.so just think positive .
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  • Profile picture of the author synergyxtr
    Well for me it is negative thoughts and laziness when reading very very long ebooks.
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  • Profile picture of the author JeremiahSay
    My biggest enemy will be LAZINESS.. IF only i can work a little harder each day..

    Trying my best to make it a habit to improve myself every single day no matter how bad my day is.. Real challenge but it's exciting too
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  • Profile picture of the author Chloe Emerson
    Lack of motivation followed quickly by distraction - a combination sure to make you waste the day
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  • Profile picture of the author vvsingh
    I am hyper active and try to do all things by myself. Distractions also create obstacles in my success.
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  • Profile picture of the author cloudstrife
    my biggest obstacle is like the OPs: distraction. It is way too easy to get distracted on the internet.
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  • Profile picture of the author chrisjenva
    Distraction and lack of Focus were really my biggest ones at one point. Now that I know how to overcome them it's not a problem.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joseph G Spiteri
      For me it's fear of failure i keep having to push myself to complete a project
      I'm getting over it though.
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      • Profile picture of the author Ziga Andric
        I'm in the process of crushing my stumbling blocks to success. They were, in no particular order: limiting self belief, lack of vision and focus, procrastination and the ability to follow-through.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Fied
    I have three

    1. Money
    2. Time
    3. Doing things I hate doing, for example keyword research etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author ElliotBerg
    I have that " Fear of Fear" syndrome though I am tackling it pretty effectively but what serious slows me down is procrastination. My family thinks I will be a billionaire the day I stop procrastinating. I believe I will tackle it very soon. While going through this post I see that most of us have the problem of being focused and give our best to the task in hand.
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  • Profile picture of the author staffelseo
    My worst enemy is stress. I really got this stress if I don't like the work I am doing. I should first love the work assigned to me before I can overcome this stress in me. I always pray though when tough time comes in.
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  • Originally Posted by mikebundrant View Post

    I've been thinking lately about the things that hold me back or stop me from being more successful. I'm not complaining here because I'm actually doing pretty well. I run an SEO business, an NLP training business and a print newspaper business, so I can't sit here and complain. It's all good.

    Still, I keep myself achieving more by not leveraging my time well. I'll sit for half a day tinkering with some obscure or relatively unimportant SEO tactic when I could be using that time to make real money and build my businesses.

    So, my number one enemy = DISTRACTION, or spending time doing less important, non-priority activities.

    What's your success enemy #1?


    Distraction? Lack of a good strategy? Fear? No time? No money? No motivation? Too many Twinkies? What?

    Just curious.

    If you feel like it, tell us what you do to overcome it. For me, it helps when I plan my week thoroughly, rather than blow in the wind every day.
    1.) AAD
    2.) Procrastination
    3.) Slothfulness
    4.) Hunting for bones...

    Solution:
    "Never, Never, Never,...Give Up!
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  • Profile picture of the author aireland
    focusing more on the negatives than positives.
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  • Profile picture of the author DanielMilstein
    My greatest enemy to success all my life had been distraction and fear of unknown. Now with time I have taken care of fear but some times I do get distracted, though not as much as earlier I used to be.
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    • Profile picture of the author zackick
      Originally Posted by DanielMilstein View Post

      My greatest enemy to success all my life had been distraction and fear of unknown. Now with time I have taken care of fear but some times I do get distracted, though not as much as earlier I used to be.

      it more sound like that happen to me tooo bro.
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  • Profile picture of the author alexisnock
    Maybe lack of self confidence is also one that hinders us to reach our goals.
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  • Profile picture of the author lucastyas
    Lack of motivation and procrastination are the main thing that hinders most of us.
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  • Profile picture of the author Promocodeinn
    Lack of opportunities and lack of finance is biggest obstacle in my way of success.
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  • Profile picture of the author Code Weaver
    I think giving up too soon is a big problem, you don't realize how close you are to making to it before you give up...
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  • Profile picture of the author mikebundrant
    Thanks for all the replies, everyone.
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      I have a habit of dancing around activities on the computer from working, checking emails, checking news websites, forums etc.

      I'll often just stop work for no reason to do this pointless cycle instead of allocating time to each after a task is finished.

      Daniel
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      • Profile picture of the author mikebundrant
        Originally Posted by Daniel Evans View Post

        I have a habit of dancing around activities on the computer from working, checking emails, checking news websites, forums etc.

        I'll often just stop work for no reason to do this pointless cycle instead of allocating time to each after a task is finished.

        Daniel

        AMEN! I hate this one, but I do it all the time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Solomon
    The biggest obstacle to success is the subconscious mind. It harbors deeply held beliefs that we didn't consciously choose which in turn create our world view, which lies hidden from our conscious awareness. Many of these beliefs are limiting beliefs because it is the subconscious mind's job to maintain the status quo and assist us in operating in the world as we know and experience it.

    The good news is that if you know and understand this, you can change it. You can consciously choose your belief system and then upgrade your world view with the right tools.

    This has been our area of research and development for years, and we just released our subliminal subconscious reprogramming tools this week. You can check out the details in our WSO here, and feel free to PM me if you have any questions at all.

    best,
    Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author MilkerFocus
    I guess I have not enough experience. So I better learn more everyday.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMHunter
    Laziness! It is very hard to focus and keep taking action.
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  • Profile picture of the author WhiteStarlight
    For me it is mostly distraction. And distraction doesn't mean only surfing too much on the internet, watching movies. Distraction sometimes can be attending some venues or events, which can be fun, of course, but it can really slower your success.

    I am not saying that i am perfect in combating distraction, but i think that the best idea is to stick to your business ( or any other thing you want to succeed in) as much as possible.
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  • Profile picture of the author eguinan
    Fear and the number of hours in a day. If I could only eliminate the need for sleep, I would be set.
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