You all know about my list obsession. This question came to me as I was making multiple goals lists: how often do I get in my own way?
1. Procrastination, dilly-dallying, whatever you want to call it, are all one example of how I get in my own way. When I leave things to later, I am preventing myself from satisfaction later on.
2. Self doubt is another one. I could beat myself up forever, telling poor little me how I'm not good enough or accomplished enough or skilled enough.... whatever.
Or I could acknowledge my weaknesses, work on them, and not allow them to stand in my way.
3. Looking back. I tend to ponder, stew, and pine over past friendships, obstacles, and memories. When it comes to writing, it is wonderful to scroll through all of those pages I have written and weave through various Word documents, but at some point, looking back is a serious hindrance to moving forward. Duh!
Solution? Give myself time limits to look back. After they are up, it is time to move on!
All of these hinder our progress--in writing, life, etc. There are certain things that just aren't in our control. But for those other things, maybe I can get a grip!