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Determination to Succeed – 3 Simple Steps to Overcome Any Obstacle…

Determination is one of the most critical skills that you can have in life. Most people, when they hit an obstacle, are intimidated by the obstacle and retreat back into their comfort zone.

There is a huge difference in attitude between successful people and the average person. People who are successful in life look at an obstacle and go through a simple three-step mental process that I will share with you now that will literally transform your perspective of everything you do.

Step 1 – Bypassing the Obstacle with Leverage

The first step is how can I get around the obstacle. For example, if you want to achieve something but it requires a financial commitment that you do not have the resources for, most people let that stop them right there. Whereas a successful person looks at how they can move things around so that they can remove that barrier and find other resources to leverage.

Leverage and problem solving is a powerful and empowering “First-Strike” against obstacles and to others still stuck in their comfort zone, you will look like a super-hero. You are developing skills that others see as impossible and over time, it will be your new comfort zone.

Step 2 – Risk vs. Reward (Is It Worth the Struggle?)

The next mental process that a successful entrepreneur goes through is risk versus reward. Sometimes when you’re traveling along a path that has a pothole, you may not know how deep that pothole is until you fall in. A successful entrepreneur looks at the destination and determines how many potholes like this are along their path and decides if the reward of the destination going to be worth the risk of keep falling into potholes. I call this endgame analysis.

If your destination or your goal is not going to produce enough reward for the hassle, time, resources, and headaches involved, it is likely that the endgame is not worth the hassle. So, what is the solution? Simple, choose a different or modified endgame that will produce more reward for the risk and hassle of the obstacles that may be in your way.

Step 3 – Be the Bulldog

Lastly, the third mental process is what I call the bulldog mentality. Every single successful entrepreneur has this trait. If they had moved through the first two processes in their head and have determined that they can overcome the obstacles and that the reward is worth the risk, they will put their heads down and bulldoze their way through any obstacle that stands in their path with dogged determination.

You will see this when you examine the lives and businesses of successful entrepreneurs. They bring this mentality to everything they do in life, business, interpersonal relationships, negotiations and basically everything. They are go-getters, problem solvers, and don’t let anything stop them from moving forward.

So, the Question is…

Do you go through these processes yourself? For most entrepreneurs and new business owners, they find this process challenging. Stepping outside of our comfort zone creates psychological unease. Every time we are faced with an obstacle, our natural tendency is to move back to where it’s comfortable rather than charging forwards.

If you keep these three strategies in mind when you are attempting to move forward and reach any goal in life or in business, do not retreat. Look to cut a path around, over and through all those obstacles that are in your way and blaze a trail to success.

So, as I wrap up this article, please let me know your part and the challenges and obstacles you have faced. Then share your story with others so that they can learn how you overcame an obstacle and how freeing that experience was. I would love to hear your stories…

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  1. Hi Sean,
    I like your post about this topic. It really can be hard to take the first step. Right now I’ve outsourced some product creation at about $100 to 200 which is the highest one time investment in IM for me so far. I hope it will result in a nice ROI but I never launched a product before and have no JV partners so far.

    I will have to wait if it works. If it does I could just rinse and repeat – this could be the breakthrough for me 🙂

    • Well you took the biggest first step and took action. Once your product and funnel are done you may want to find a JV Broker to help you get it out there for the first time. Having a product is great but marketing it is another obstacle and I am sure you can overcome that too. Good luck with your product and keep moving forwards…

  2. Hi Sean,

    One thing I’d like to mention is some may read your post, which is excellent and on target, and conclude they don’t have those qualities. And with that, they may give up before even trying.

    What I’d like to say to people who think they don’t have what it takes, you do have what it takes. And you can develop those qualities along the way. Don’t give up, no matter what. If you keep moving forward, in time you’ll have developed what it takes.

    Thanks, Sean…


  3. ALL true and useable tips, i overcome obstacles daily, if the obstacle is in place there is a way over or around it just as easy,
    great stuff, thanks for sharing.
    Dave L.

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