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Common Barriers to Personal Growth and Development

Dec 24, 2007
Do you find yourself striving to move forward, but constantly getting nowhere? You most likely have barriers to personal growth and development that you probably not even be aware of. Alot of people have these barriers that hold them back and deny them the achievement of their personal or career goals. Regardless of the nature of your barriers, it's possible to overcome the obstacles and achieve your goals with some simple adjustments to your lifestyle and mindset.

Probably the most common barrier to personal growth and development is your own imagination. How much you can accomplish is only limited by your vision and determination to accomplish it. If you think that you can't accomplish something, then most likely you won't accomplish it. On the other hand, with a positive attitude and positive thoughts about your success, and the proper effort, you will succeed. It's amazing how much of a difference a positive attitude can actually make. It can really be that simple.

Another common barrier to personal growth and development is past failures or events. Often our past failures or bad events in our lives get in the way of future growth and development. We reminisce about past failures and this often hampers our attempts to achieve new goals. It's normal for our minds to flash back to such events, but only by moving past them can we truly grow as people and in our careers. We have to put aside our past negative incidents so that we can accomplish our future goals. Dwelling on the past will get us nowhere.

Another common barrier is our support systems, or lack there of. Negative or non-supportive messages from family, friends, and co-workers will only bring us down. Surrounding yourself with people who are like minded and striving for success in their careers and lives will help you to do the same.

Whether you get support from an organized group, your friends, or your family makes no difference. The support that you get, the motivational pep talks and the shoulder to cry on when things go wrong will help you keep going when things get tough. A strong support system is an important part of helping you to achieve your goals and overcome your barriers to personal growth and development.

A less common barrier to personal growth and development is the lack of planning. Many people go through life taking only what is handed to them. They settle for the mundane and don't bother to set goals or strive to exceed beyond the norm. Setting goals, designing a blueprint to reach those goals, and making a timeline for success is a vitally important and often ignored barrier.

Remember, whatever your personal barriers to personal growth and development, you can overcome them. Any person who sets goals, creates a timeline for success, has adequate support, and strives for excellence can overcome these barriers and achieve the success that everyone deserves.

If you need further assistance in personal growth and development, there's a lot of information on the internet or in books through your local library or your favorite online book store. If you feel you need some professional guidance, you can also find personal development coaches, career development profiles, and other personal growth and development tools.
About the Author
Denise Villani is an author and the webmaster of several websites and article directories. Find more articles and information on self improvement by visiting SelfImprovementStuff.info .
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