Truth hurts.

The long to do lists, vision boards of your dream car and Pinterest boards of your perfect farmhouse wedding. You have the vision, yet year after year you complain about being in the same situation in need of being successful.

And there’s three common reasons why you just aren’t there and trust and believe, there are solutions:

1. You chose to stop learning.

We’ve been conditioned to believe that education begins and ends in the “traditional” classroom where we regurgitate information through tests, essays, and finals. Now, I actually love school, but I’ve grown to understand that I’ve learned so much more outside the classroom than inside of one, yet some people don’t believe that. Some think after they take off their caps and gowns that learning for their own growth stops there, and hold onto the perception that they will be successful by trying to build partial connections with people just to take from them rather than give,

2.  You’re WAY too focused on your competition. 

Competition is a golden part of life. As much as we try and avoid it, it creeps up in our everyday life. Perhaps it’s sibling rivalry, competing against a colleague for a promotion, or trying to win the love of the guy you’ve been creeping on Insta.  Regardless, some of us are so fixated on our competition, rather than ourselves, because we’re nervous that our opportunity can be taken away because of them. But if you were playing a sport like basketball you know the golden rule is getting YOUR head in the game. Why are you focused on what level your competition is at when you need to be focused on what YOU need to do to show what makes you unique and different?

3. You haven’t made sacrifices. 

Most, if not ALL people want to be successful, but not everyone is willing to do whatever it takes to get there. They aren’t willing to get messy, pray and ask God for direction, or invest in themselves because they’re too focused on their immediate wants, and don’t believe it’s possible for them. If you aren’t willing to make sacrifices to help yourself and your development, you won’t be successful.

So the solutions from these common reasons are as easy as you make them!

Don’t be consumed to think that learning is only something you can get from a classroom in college or university. There’s tons of free online schools, bloggers that provide valuable content (like myself) and courses that will help you with your various needs.

Get over the whole “I need to think about my competition because they’re going to swoop the opportunity under my feet” mindset. That will steer you away from what you want to accomplish and God will make a way.

Understand that along with God’s strength and direction, you play a big role in your own success. There will be roadblocks, obstacles, challenges, tears and sweat, but you need to see the bigger picture. What would you life look and feel like when you achieve the successful life you want and deserve?

Let me know in the comment box what you feel like is blocking you from success, or perhaps, what was blocking you from success if you were able to overcome it.