What is Holding You Back From the Success You Want?

Today, I have a great article from writing coach and instructor, Suzanne Lieurance. Suzanne has a  unique quality for getting her message and instruction across. She knows the writing and marketing ropes and effectively imparts that knowledge to her members.

So, here's some writing insight from Suzanne Lieurance:

What is Holding You Back From the Success You Want?

Want to know what is probably holding you back from being as successful as you could be?

The answer should be no surprise.

It's YOU.

Yep. YOU are the one thing that stands in your way to living the life of your dreams.

And, the thing is, you might not even realize why or how you are doing that. But you must learn to recognize certain behaviors and patterns before you can change them, so let's take a look at some common methods of self-sabotage.

First, think about all the little messages you send to yourself every day. The ones that play in your head over and over again and say things like, "I'm afraid to do that," or "I'd better not try that, I'd probably fail," or, "nothing I do ever works out the way I want it to."

Or maybe you recognize another common pattern - you do many of the things necessary to succeed, yet once you do start to make progress you pull back. You're just too afraid to break out of your comfort zone.
Sound familiar?

Here's yet another pattern that can hold you back - you try a few things to get the results you want. But when they don't work quickly you stop doing them and try something else. In other words, you don't give yourself enough time to succeed.

Every day you send messages to yourself - and to the world around you - through your thoughts, actions, and feelings. Those messages are like a self-fulfilling prophecy. So, is it any wonder you don't live up to your true potential?

Stop holding yourself back.

Each time you hear one of those negative messages in your head today, acknowledge it. Then replace it with a new, positive message that will lead to the future you truly want.

Try it!


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Nancy Famolari said...

Very true, we do hold ourselves back with negative messages. Good to be reminded that we can over come it!

Irene Sonia Switankowsky-Roth said...

I love your blog, Suzanne. I think that is certainly something to try to overcome.

However, I find with myself, there are a lot of sources of negativity other than just from within me. I find that sometimes friends and associates may say negative things about my writing that can paralyze me for days. How does one deal with that?

Thank you for a wonderful post!
~ Irene

Karen Cioffi said...

Hi, Nancy and Irene, thanks for stopping by.

Irene, I'm sure Suzanne will have some great insight into this, but I think ultimately, you need to know your own self-worth. And know that what you do is important. There will be nay-sayers in every aspect of life.

From a visualization aspect, think of this type of injury, each time it occurs, as a physical punch, maybe even one that knocks you down. Then get up, put some ice on it, mumble some choice words, and move on. :)

T. Forehand said...

Very true, we are the reasons we don't go forward, but I agree with Irene too, sometimes negativity and the rejection factor can hold me back for days. Thanks for the post, Karen. Nice information.

Mayra Calvani said...

Great article by Suzanne--as always!
She's such an inspirational and motivational coach. I love being a member of her club.

Katie Hines said...

Great article. And one thing I loved about it is that it was a nice bite-sized length. Too often, we post something valuable that is too long, and readers go cross-eye before the end. Kudos to you.

Karen Cioffi said...

Terri, Mayra, and Katie, thanks for dropping by.

Suzanne is an amazing coach, and her success rate with her members is astounding.

Katie, I agree, when posts are too long it doesn't keep the reader as attentive.

Nancy I. Sanders said...

Suzanne, what a great article. Just the "nudge" we all need. And thanks for being such a fantabulous writing coach for so many!!! -Nancy

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

This reminder that we can be our own worst enemy came at a perfect time. Thanks. Positive thoughts can accomplish a great deal.

Karen Cioffi said...

Nancy and Jane, thank you for stopping by.

Jane, I'm a firm believer in positive projection. At times I forget about actually doing it, but I do believe it works when practiced regularly.

Kristi's Book Nook said...

As always, great advice Suzanne. I know I am my own worst enemy.

Karen Cioffi said...

Hi, Kristi, You have a lot of company.

Unknown said...

Great advice from a wonderful mentor. I've learned so much from Suzanne's coaching club.

Thanks Karen for featuring this article.

Donna McDine said...

Suzanne always provides a great virtual slap upside the head to get one back on track. Thanks!

Karen Cioffi said...

Kathy and Donna, Thanks for stopping by. And, I agree with both of you!

Dianne G. Sagan said...

I've been struggling lately with what feels like overload and this article is good to help me get back on track again. Thank you so much,

Karen Cioffi said...

Dianne, I'm glad Suzanne's advice helped. It's difficult when your facing overload.

Eleanore, I'd love to know what that saying means. I would think learning would benefit young, old, healthy and ill.

Virginia S Grenier said...

I totally needed to read this today. Thanks for sharing.

Dallas said...

Thank you for this inspiring piece! It is so true about the impact that our self-talk has on our well-being. I feel more energized than ever to treat myself with kindness and care!

Karen Cioffi said...

Dallas, these reminders are always helpful to all.

Karen Cioffi said...

Virginia, It seems everyone had the same view about this post.

Suzanne is a great motivator and coach.

Anonymous said...

Lots of great advice and information. Thanks for sharing!

Karen Cioffi said...

Susanne, thanks for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

Have you been reading my diary? lol I do that every day I tell myself 5 good things about myself and5 things I WILL ACHIEVE. I tell myself it 10 times do it morning & at night.
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Karen Cioffi said...

Jessica, That's a great daily ritual you have going!