How to overcome the 3 biggest obstacles to achieving your dream

future_freeway_sign250_1You’ve got a dream, a goal, ambition and you’re ready to take the world by storm. Woo hoo!

But, wait, why are there so many darn obstacles on the way to your goal?

Anyone who’s dared to dream knows that the initial excitement will eventually be met with some form of obstacle or resistance. So, how do you move past these roadblocks on the path to your dream?

The first step is to recognize that a roadblock is not a dead end.

When a challenge arises, it’s important to keep a positive mindset and not to give up.

After all, a detour on the way to work wouldn’t keep you from getting to your end destination. So why would you let a detour on the path to your dream keep you from reaching your aspirations?

Today I’m going to share the 3 most common obstacles people encounter when dream building and how to recognize these culprits and move past them.

This way, when you encounter an obstacle you can say, “Out of my way! I’m on course for my dream life!“

Viva la dream building!

The 3 Biggest Obstacles to Achieving Your Dream & 3 Solutions

Obstacle #1 – Fear

Fear, doubt, and worry are like leeches to your dream. The ego will keep you fearful of change. It will tell you all the reasons why you can’t reach your goal. Its job is to protect you in a safe little cocoon and therefore it will resist any form of growth and expansion in your life.

Solution #1 – Neutralize your fear

When you feel fear and anxiety creeping up, you’ll need to step out of that thought pattern. Take a deep breath and begin to focus on the “why” of your dream. Why is it that this dream is important to you? When your “why” is big enough, the how will appear.

Ask yourself, what’s one step you can take from where you are right now, with what you have, to move toward your goal?

Your dream vision will unfold one step at a time. Even the longest journey begins with just one step. What one step can you take now?

Obstacle #2 – Distraction

Distractions can keep you stuck in a rut. Have you ever started on a priority but you look around and there’s the laundry or there’s a pile of mail you haven’t gone thru? Then you notice there’s that drawer you wanted to clean out, or you get a call from a friend and instead of letting it go to voice mail you pick up and spend an hour chitchatting with her, or you check your email or get on Facebook?

These distractions can keep you on a permanent detour from getting to your dream!

Solution #2 – Stay focused & Set boundaries

Achieving your dream is going to require focus and effort. Set aside time regularly to work toward your aspirations. Treat this time as a VIP priority. Make sure you turn off all distractions. Put your phone on silent and close your email application.

Think of distractions as your archenemy in the field of your dreams.

Remember the importance of achieving your goal as you create your vision. If any distractions start to pop up, remember what they are and that you can make a choice of how to deal with them.

Obstacle #3 – Your habitual patterns keep you stuck

Most people want a life that’s warm, fuzzy and filled with fulfillment.  Yet we go through life blaming our circumstances for the life we have, not realizing we are responsible for co-creating life with our thoughts and words.  Whether we are stuck in the past, seeing nothing at all ahead, or envisioning a dazzling future– all are equal in producing our reality.  If we are dissatisfied yet do nothing to change, we will continue to live a mediocre life at best.

Solution #3 – Get in the driver’s seat and take control

Take responsibility for creating the life you want. You are the leading lady of your own life. Do the work to “know” what you want and “choose” those things. You are in the driver’s seat to create the life you love.  You can move out of victim mentality, out of feeling stuck, and out of being irresponsible for life’s outcomes. You can choose to move into responsibility, possibilities, personal power and limitless opportunities.

It’s time to get in the driver’s seat and take control of your destination. You must identify and harness the power, control and responsibility for your thoughts and actions so you can be empowered to create the life you love.

Here’s to staying on track on the path to your dream. You CAN do it! I believe in you. Happy visioning!


  1. Thank you so much Sherri!! I will start practicing right now. Your tips are always so clear and useful.

    I love your Sparkle with Femenine Power CD. It is transformig and empowring! I recommend every woman to have it and feel it!!


  2. Thank you so much for this information it could not have come at a better time, this was the kick in the pants that I needed.

    1. Hi Donna,

      Like it or not… sometimes we ALL need a kick in the pants! I’m glad I could be of service! 🙂


  3. Thank you, Sherri, this is a very helpful reminder to get back in control and take active steps to do so. You’re a great coach!

    1. Elizabeth, isn’t it funny how easy it is for us to get off track of our life’s dreams? The good news is that no matter how easy it feels to get distracted, once we see what’s going on, we can just as easily get back on the path of clear action!


  4. Thanks Sherri, I love number 1. That is a process I can really work with. Numbers 2 and 3 are harder. I find it hard to find one goal and stick to. My goals can change from day to day, even hour to hour. Still baby steps.

    1. Jill, I hear you. I’m going to repeat something back to you that’s written in the article so you can really hear it:

      “If we are dissatisfied yet do nothing to change, we will continue to live a mediocre life at best.”

      That phrase might seem a little daunting, but it should be freeing! It means that no matter what’s going on, we have the power to change it for the better! Remember that whatever is happening in your life, whatever distractions crop up or old habits threaten to intervene, you always have the power. You are not a slave to your bad habits or the ringing phone.

      You’re on the right track, Jill. Keep loving yourself and practicing setting boundaries and you will get there!


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