8 Sure Ways to Conquer the Barriers to Your Progress

Ways to conquer the barriers to your progress

Are you trying to make progress in your life but feel like you are pushing against a wall? Do you feel stuck in one place for long? If that is you, read on to discover the sure ways to conquer the barriers to your progress. You will need to conquer these barriers to progress at school, in your relationships, businesses, job, and personal development. Conquering these barriers makes you stronger and wiser.

In this post, I share some of the barriers to your progress and sure ways to conquer them. There is also a free workbook that can help you in your journey to conquer these barriers.

1. Embrace change

Change is a constant in life and is usually uncomfortable because of the fear of the unknown. You do not know what to expect, which is frightening because you feel you have lost control of your life.

However, there is a silver lining to every dark cloud; therefore, if you find that you are struggling to embrace change, look for that silver lining. You will find that there is something good for you—a push towards a better place.

To progress in what you are working on, get out of your comfort zone and be open to change. For example, you may find that you need to be more active in the relevant social groups. I know this is particularly uncomfortable for introverts.

Rather than sit and wait for things to happen on their own, you may need to pick courage and have that ‘uncomfortable conversation with your boss’ about your progress at work. Instead of sleeping in, you may need to begin waking up early so you can do some exercises, write a few chapters of your book, study, have your quality ‘me time’ before everybody else wakes up, etc.

There are some small and significant changes we need to make to progress. We could initiate these, or they could be due to external forces, like when your company decides to downsize. Whatever the source of the change, embrace it, look for ways to benefit from it, and make progress to a higher level.

2. Be patient

Sometimes we want things to happen at a particular time, and they do not occur when we want them to, so we give up. Another barrier to progress is a lack of persistence in what you are doing.

Do one thing well before you can start up something new. Focus your energy, ideas, time, and resources on one project until it grows to a point where you can trust your team to support you with it while you diversify.

Doing too many things at the same time will prevent you from progressing because your focus is all over the place.

Good things take time. You will need to push, with a particular focus, until you progress and continue improving. If you are committed and put in the required effort daily, you will make progress, so do not give up too soon.

3. Enjoy the process

To make progress in your endeavors, take small manageable steps towards your goals and watch your journey to success unfold bit by bit. Then, celebrate even the smallest victory. This will help you enjoy making progress, and all the hard work you are putting in will not feel like a burden.

When you enjoy the process, you will find that you wake up excited to make a difference and continue making progress to achieve more.

For you to truly enjoy the process of making progress, it would be best if you are pursuing your purpose and passions and have a clear vision of where you aspire to be. Outside that, you may struggle to enjoy the process. Therefore, revisit your purpose and passion, ensuring that you are making progress in the right direction.

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4. Networking with people that share the same dream

Two is always better than one. Networking with like-minded people will help you benefit from the advice and feedback. You will pick new ideas that would help you improve, be more creative, and progress towards your goals. They even hold you accountable for what you have committed to achieving.

When you work alone, you could quickly get bored from doing the same thing every day and get discouraged. So, to make progress, find some people that have the same dream as you. Then, contribute your ideas and pick new ideas that will help you progress towards your goals.

5. Believe in yourself

To make progress, you need to believe in what you are doing and that you have the potential to achieve success. When you believe in yourself, you will overcome all doubts and fears that you face. You will also overcome the fear of failure and the fear of what others may think or say about you, pushing forward to make progress in your life.

Strive to be the best version of yourself and do the best at everything you do. Of course, people will not understand your vision and may want to derail you or discourage you. However, when you believe in yourself, you will have the power to remain on course and achieve your desired progress.

6. Avoid procrastination

If you do not follow through on what you are required to do at the expected time, you will not progress with your ongoing project. Discipline and consistency will go a long way in ensuring that you take care of what needs to be done in a timely manner.

Also, beware of analysis paralysis, which can hold you back from making steady progress towards your target. Procrastination is the thief of time.

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7. Manage your bad debt

To make progress, you will need to make some investments. Having bad debt means that you have less money at your disposal and therefore delayed progress. Find ways to pay up all your bad debt.

Remember that good debt can also turn nasty, so take care of that as well so that you can make progress in the critical areas of focus. Paying up that debt also counts as making progress in the right direction.

8. Trust God’s plan for you

When you know that a higher power has got your back, you will be able to face and conquer the barriers to your progress. God desires to prosper you, give you hope and a future; therefore, put in all the effort within your power to do your part to achieve the desired progress.


It is possible to conquer the barriers to your progress. I have pointed you to some of them, but you may be experiencing others that we have not discussed. So first, identify what they are and find ways to overcome them. I believe that what we have covered in this article will go a long way in helping you.

Please use the workbook included to guide you through the exercise of overcoming the barriers to your progress.

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