3 Inner Obstacles Why You Are Not Achieving Your Goals

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Are you or do you know any person who is defined by the following:

– Changing your home address or car model every time you get promoted to define your standing in society;

– Your mood being defined by the number of likes that you receive on social media;

– Constantly replaying a failure movie in your head and thereby taking no action;

– Hiding away from your old friends because you feel inferior to them;

If the above and many similar examples define you, you might be caught in a vicious cycle of frustration and inner war. Failure to deal with this beast spells disaster and chances of success are limited. Even if success materialises, it will be short lived. There’s an African proverb that says, “if there’s no enemy within, the enemy outside can do us no harm.” Face the enemy and defeat it to pave your way to success.

Here are 3 inner obstacles to the achievement of your goals… the rift between your success and failure:

  1. Living on a borrowed of identity

It is almost impossible to know what to do if you don’t know who you are.  Because most people search for meaning and identity in external stuff, they end up becoming their number one enemy, denying themselves meaningful and fulfilled lives. I have come across people to have the latest gadgets even if they only use a fraction of functionalities because they want to be seen to be carrying the latest Apple or iPhone device. The main motivation is to fit in. You need to awaken to the fact that everything built from the inner world is sustainable and enduring. The outside-in approach is self-destructive because it lends itself to what others approve. You can only know and taste success by simply defining who you are, by using your talents, strengths and gifts that God has given to you because those are unique to you. Realise that anything to the contrary is like chasing your shadow in the dark. People who live on a borrowed identity are like an apple tree trying at all cost to bear lemons. That is impossible, you need to take a break and stop rushing into the doing mode. Before you do anything, ask yourself:

Who am I?

What are my strengths?

What is my God given talent?

In this way, you won’t try to be someone else, they are taken. End the inner war and live for who you are and you will start to see your life taking a turn for the better.

  1. Succumbing to your fears

Most people have taken the “bogey man creature” into their adult lives. This is a way parents used to scare their children to behave accordingly. Unfortunately, this and many other experiences that we encountered in life,  have sneaked into our subconscious space and have become a revolving door in our minds. I know of many people that have remained in dire poverty and stressful situations because they fear taking risks. I had a person in my team who would literally shake and sweat profusely ahead of a meeting that was two weeks away. She would become physically sick because of the messages she was sending to her subconscious mind. I kid you not, a close friend of mine has owned a car for 7 years and he has not been behind the steering wheel of that car. Based on our discussion,  I realised that he was procrastinating and trapped by  fear of failure.  This is destructive fear, if allowed to persist it renders one dysfunctional.


What you need to do is what Susan Jeffers suggested in her book “feel the fear but do it anyway”. This is a powerful way to release yourself from fear because, fear will always be there. Fear does not go away, it happens to all of us. Those who succeed and achieve their goals acknowledge their fears and do exactly what they fear. They refuse to allow themselves to be dictated by it.

  1. Limiting beliefs that keep you chained


Most people have created internal assumptions that keep them from attaining their goals. These could be a result of messages that were communicated during childhood and internalised into our psyche overtime. Many kids have been destroyed by adults telling them that they will never amount to anything. In my coaching and speaking engagements with youth, I have come across boys and girls who decided to drop out of school because they were labelled with all sorts of disparaging names. They internalised these labels and their lives became a self-fulfilling prophecy of what others thought of them.  They started to believe that success is for others and not for them. They decided to see the darker side of life than the bright one. Like these kids, many people have inner voices that continue to impress into their minds messages of failure, weakness and not being good enough.

You don’t have to keep this blue print forever. Yes, it will take time but change starts by rewriting your internal programming.  Change the words you say to yourself, counter the negative messages with positive messages. This can happen if you start to learn positive and constructive words. You cannot change something which you cannot call by name.

Solutions lies in resolving the conflict inside.

Tex Hlalele

Think Big, Dream Wild & Prosper


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