Embarking on a journey toward our goals can be exhilarating and intimidating at the same time. The promise of a brighter future and personal growth are on the horizon. If we could just reach out and touch it!  So many of us get caught in the complicated web of factors that hinder our progress. Thus, preventing the acceleration and eventual achievement of our hopes and aspirations. Although there are too many factors to list here, let’s explore three of the obstacles that often impede our path to personal and professional success: the push and pull of environmental commitments, the overwhelming array of options before us and the frustration stemming from old patterns that no longer serve us.

  1. The Push and Pull of Environmental Commitments:

One of the primary challenges we face when striving to reach our goals is the constant push and pull of our environmental commitments. Whether it be family responsibilities, professional obligations, or social engagements, external factors can exert immense pressure on our time and energy. Balancing these commitments while pursuing our personal goals can feel like walking a tightrope, over a canyon in a windstorm. It is decidedly uncomfortable and not a task for the weak of heart! This perpetual struggle between meeting our societal expectations and fulfilling our individual aspirations is something we must plan for if we want to achieve our goals.

To overcome this obstacle, it is essential to establish clear boundaries and to prioritize our goals based upon individual personal values. Communicating these boundaries with those around us and getting a buy-in from our closest connections can also foster an environment of understanding and support. Creating a more harmonious environment definitely facilitates goal acceleration and eliminates those pesky feelings of guilt.

  1. Overwhelmed by Options:

In today’s interconnected world, the smorgasbord of opportunities and choices can be both a blessing and a curse. Having an abundance of choice should be good news. However, the paradox is that too many choices can leave us feeling overwhelmed and even paralyzed by the fear of making the wrong decision. This inundation of options can lead to indecision, procrastination, and, ultimately, a lack of progress towards our goals.

To overcome this challenge, it is important to have a clear vision that guides us as we streamline choices by focusing on priorities and aligning decisions with long-term objectives. Breaking down larger goals into smaller, more manageable tasks can make the process appear less daunting as it provides a roadmap to navigate through the sea of possibilities.

  1. Frustrated by Old Patterns:

Another significant factor that can impede goal acceleration is our own frustration stemming from persistent dysfunctional patterns. Human beings are creatures of habit, and breaking free from deeply ingrained behaviours can be a formidable task. Whether it be self-doubt, procrastination, or fear of failure, these old patterns can create roadblocks on our path to success.

To combat this obstacle, individuals must cultivate self-awareness and a growth mindset. Recognizing and understanding our patterns is the first step towards breaking free from their grip of dysfunction. When we embrace challenges and look at them as opportunities for learning and growth, we shift our mindset from frustration to empowerment. This internal shift is often just what it takes to accelerate our motivation toward our goals with renewed vision and vigour.

Achieving our goals requires navigating a complex landscape of internal and external factors. By addressing the push and pull of environmental commitments, overcoming the overwhelm of options, and breaking free from old patterns, we can pave the way for accelerated progress and goal attainment. Embracing the challenges as opportunities for growth and achievement can transform the journey towards our goals into a rewarding and transformative experience.

If you are on a journey to accelerate and achieve your personal or professional goals, if you are interested in success and have decided that failure is no longer an option, join me as I support women in the process of constructing their best life. Please use the link below to book a 30-minute consultation to hear about my next 12-week Achieve Your Vision for 2024 Goal Accelerator Package. There are still a few spots left.

Simone Usselman-Tod,

Goal Accelerator and Mindset Breakthrough Coach,

Certified NeuroChange and NLP Master Practitioner and Coach.


“Failure is success in progress.” Albert Einstein