The reality about business is that it isn’t always smooth sailing. The product launch may not go as expected, or you may believe that you need more connections to get more speaking gigs.
It’s easy to envision an imaginary wall blocking our progress. Some people think of this wall the moment they face an obstacle. All of these walls are created from within the mind. Things happen to us and the way we interpret what happens determines how we view challenges.
Even though we have many motivational quotes about the mind we can refer back to, it’s easier to imagine a wall and acknowledge its existence.
However, that wall needs to be broken. And more specifically, since I am excited about the next Avengers movie, that wall needs to get hulk-smashed!
We can’t punch into walls quite like The Hulk. However, the way to smash any wall holding you back is by starting within your mind. You have more control over your mind than anything else. Here’s how you gain control and smash the wall.
The first step to solving any problem is to acknowledge the problem. Then you plan out a solution. The planning process is when you assess the challenge and identify the steps you will take to conquer the challenge.
The key thing to do when assessing a challenge is to keep it simple. If you make the work look impossible, then you won’t be able to get it done.
Within the planning, you should assess your strengths and weaknesses. Once you identify your strengths and weaknesses, you can do some or all of the following:
- Focus on your strengths and outsource your weaknesses
- Fix the weaknesses
- Focus on your strengths and stop spending any time on the weaknesses
The goal you are trying to accomplish will determine which of those three paths is the best one for you. Assessing the situation gives you a theoretical approach to solving a problem.
Once you assess the wall and have a theoretical approach to hulk-smashing that wall, preparations must be made.
Depending on what is holding you back, you may have to assemble online tools, expertise in multiple topics related to your niche, and a team of people who can help you out.
No matter what you do, having a team of people to help you out is always beneficial. Whether you hire a freelancer to do some of your work or enlist the help of a mentor, you want to have someone helping you.
This step of the process is to ensure you are prepared to effectively proceed to the next step.
This is the most important step of the entire process. You can do all of the planning and preparation that you want. However, if you do not take action, then that wall will continue to loom in the same spot where it is now.
Taking action is the scary part. Once action is taken, the theory is put to the test. Will the wall get smashed or will it stand?
An important thing to note about taking action is that one day of action won’t result in a smashed wall. For the worthwhile challenges, you’ll have to take consistent, daily action for days, weeks, months, or even years.
The only advice for taking action is to start once you feel prepared enough. You don’t want to wait until you feel fully prepared because that is the perfectionist mindset that holds too many people back.
Once you take action, you have taken a significant step towards smashing the wall. Once action has been taken, there is one final step to smashing the wall.
Taking action is based on following a theoretical plan that you believe will succeed. Therefore, the plan looks good on paper, but plans on paper have the potential to exceed our expectations or fall below our expectations. That is why we must track the results we get from carrying out our plans.
Identifying the strong and weak points of your plan will allow you to get better results. You can spend more time on the strong points of your plan and outsource the weaker points of your plan to more qualified people than yourself. It’s okay to admit that you can’t do something as well as a freelancer. You must only focus on doing the things that you are good at and that you enjoy. Everything else should get outsourced.
As you continue adjusting your plan, it is essential to continue looking at your results and asking yourself, “What can I do today to get better results tomorrow?” In some cases, you may get better results the very next day by asking yourself this question. In other cases, better results come in the long-term.
If you look at what you are doing and ask yourself how you can do better, and you put in the work, then you can expect better results–whether those better results come in the short-term or the long-term.
We get held back by different walls that we create for ourselves. Conquering those walls is not a matter of punching a hole straight into the wall. To conquer the imaginary walls we set for ourselves, we must approach that wall with a plan for its destruction. Knowing how you will conquer any type of setback will put you in a significant advantage.
Of course, not all plans happen the way they were supposed to happen on paper, but if you continue making adjustments, you’ll eventually have a solid, implemented plan that you can be proud of.
What are your tips for hulk-smashing the limitations we put on ourselves? Which of these methods did you like the most? Sound off in the comments section below.