Real Talk: Getting Out Of Your Own Way

A quote popped up on my Instagram feed a few weeks ago, and it really stuck with me.

All it said was:

Get out of your own way.

I know, it’s simple. Short and sweet. That’s why, when the idea to do a post on the subject came to me, I immediately thought, “Wait a second, everyone already knows this. It’s too easy. Like, thanks Captain Obvious.”

Then I realized though, even if people already know this short mantra in their hearts, their heads often interfere, making it extremely difficult to actually follow through with this seemingly simple direction. I mean, think about it. How many times have you wanted to do something so badly, but still found a reason not to?

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Some judgement & common sense is a good thing, for sure.

[For example, that time you wanted to participate in Thirsty Thursday, but decided not to go out since you had a presentation on Friday morning…]

That being said, there’s a lot of opportunities to be missed by saying “no”, or not even giving ourselves the chance to say no, because we’re too afraid to put ourselves out there and create an opportunity in the first place.

I didn’t realize it until sitting down to write this post, but the quote I found on Instagram actually mirrors very closely the message behind one of my favorite sayings of all time from The Wolf of Wall Street. It goes:

“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.”

Do you love it, too?

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I’m just not somebody who wants to be coddled. I need a good kick in the a**. In fact, I think most people do. Life’s tough, but you should be tougher. Right?

Now that I got this ‘lil kick in the butt reminder from this Instagram post, I’m trying to make more of a conscious effort to put myself out there and get what I want. In fact, I’m not taking “no” as an answer nowadays. If I have my sights set on something, that something will happen. Maybe not tomorrow, and maybe not the next day — but it’ll happen eventually, because that’s happens when you get out of your own way and actually go for something wholeheartedly.

And the crazy thing?

It doesn’t really matter what it is that you’re going for. Maybe you want get in the best shape of your life. Okay, well stop putting a healthier lifestyle off until “tomorrow” or making lame excuses as to why you can’t find the time to workout and eat healthy. Make time. That’s what all of the other people you envy did.

The same thing goes if you want to be an artist, but you’ve never picked up a drawing pad. Get started now. Sign up for classes. Immerse yourself in your passion, whatever it may be. It’s pretty amazing how far you can be in a year, or even six months, if you just get out of your own way and start doing whatever it is that you’ve been wanting to do.

And one more thing.

Starting something on a whim is great (as long as you’re actually committed to seeing it through and getting results), but I’m all about creating a strategic future. That’s your roadmap to success. That’s the thing that tells you that your idea will happen, eventually. If you’ve crafted out a plan, you can’t go wrong. There may be bumps along the way, and you may have to adjust that plan several, sometimes many, times. However, the second that you commit to actually doing something you’re passionate about is the second that everything can change. It’s the second that you’re one step closer to reaching that future you’re envisioning.

Okay, getting preachy. But honestly, the words are just flowing because I know how true all of this is. It’s exactly what I did when I started my blog almost three (!) years ago. It’s what’s gotten me this far, and it’s what I keep doing to progress and grow as both a person and a professional.

And ultimately, I think it’s a reminder that we all need in order to get out of our comfort zones and create positive changes within our lives.

Have you ever stood in your own way of getting/achieving something? OR, have you “just gone for” something and been blown away by the results? Do tell!