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National Reach Your Potential Month: Overcoming Obstacles to Reach Your Potential

National Reach Your Potential Month: Overcoming Obstacles to Reach Your Potential

From the The DA WVU's Independent Student Newspaper :

Tips to Help You Overcome Obstacles

There are many different ways you can overcome obstacles in your life. Review the following tips to help you identify and overcome obstacles that could get in your way when working to reach your full potential.

1. Stay Organized

Organization is a useful and positive way to manage time, increase preparedness, and become a more diligent individual. No matter what your threshold for disorder is, each and every person can benefit from organization; and when done properly, it may result in higher efficiency and lower stress overall. Look for specific tips for staying organized in future articles on reaching your potential.

2. Don’t Procrastinate

Being and staying ahead of the game is a fantastic feeling. This is where good organization is beneficial. Good organization often helps people avoid procrastination because it helps prevent the feeling of becoming overwhelmed and confused. Oftentimes people procrastinate because they are feeling overwhelmed, confused, bored, distracted, or they simply lack motivation. Common tips on avoiding procrastination include: make to-do lists, remove all distractions, break goals down into small tasks, do one thing at a time, finish the hard stuff first, focus on the end goal, try to reflect on how good it feels once necessary tasks or projects are completed, and just commit.

3. Avoid Negativity

Avoiding negativity is always easier said than done, but you still have to try. Be open-minded. Always try to consider opposing perspectives in any situation. Focus on solutions instead of problems. Try to surround yourself with positive and encouraging people. It is often said that you are the average of the people you spend your time with, so you should choose these people wisely. Remember that relationships should help you, not hurt you. Let go and move on when necessary.

4. Realize Perfectionism is Impossible

Perfectionism is the refusal to accept any standard short of perfection. However, this is just simply not realistic. Everyone has flaws. Things will not always go perfectly or as planned, and it is okay to make mistakes. In fact, it is often through making mistakes that people change and improve, whether that be in their personal, academic, or professional lives. Try to see failures as lessons that allow improvement. Perfectionism is a fast track to unhappiness and disappointment, so allow yourself to make mistakes. Realize that most decisions are reversible and you can change your mind. Mistakes are part of living, and everyone makes them.

5. Seek Guidance and Ask Questions

One of the best things you can do for yourself is to get a mentor. A mentor is simply an experienced and trusted advisor. Mentors provide information and knowledge, promote personal and professional growth, and can foster important connections through building your network. You can choose this person, and if they agree, they will help guide you on your individual path to success. If possible, seek out other services available to you that offer support and guidance as well.

Content Credit: The DA WVU's Independent Student Newspaper ( Updated 

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