Guest Post: 12 Barriers that Could Be Preventing You From Achieving Career Success

By Chloe Lovette.

Found yourself unable to ascend the hierarchal ladder in the workplace, incapable of winning the promotions you’re sure you should have or even land a half-decent job in the first place?

It’s all too easy to believe that the world is collectively conspiring and working against you, but more often than not, it isn’t the world at large, recruitment officers or even your boss standing in your path, but rather the barriers that you yourself have erected that stand in the way of your career success.

You don’t believe in yourself

It can be difficult to believe in yourself when your failures seem to outweigh your successes, but believing in yourself is a crucial aspect of success – when failure gets you down, think of the times you’ve succeeded.

You haven’t set yourself goals to work towards

Without goals to work towards what exactly are you going to achieve? You need specific, career orientated goals to work towards for without them success will continue to pass you by.

You engage in ‘below the line’ thinking

‘Below the line’ thinking is thinking in a limiting way that erects obstacles in your path before you’ve even encountered them. ‘Above the line’ thinking is thinking about the obstacles you know stand in your way and tackling them head on.

You haven’t invested in yourself and career

Training and qualifications make a world of difference to career success and if it’s been a while since you took a course, even a weekend workshop, to develop/refresh your skillset, perhaps it’s about time you did.

You fail to notice opportunities when they present themselves

When you’re preoccupied with how career opportunities always seem to pass you by there’s a good chance that you’re failing to notice opportunities when they present themselves.

You have set yourself too many and/or unrealistic goals

Whilst it’s inherently important to set yourself goals and pursue them actively, if you have too many goals, or those you’ve set yourself are unrealistic, you’ll find that success will forever elude you.

You fear failure and that prevents you from trying for success

Many people fear failure and that prevents them from trying for success. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

You lack the motivation required to change and/or try new things

This really is a game changer – for better or worse. A lack of motivation is the most prominent factor in many people’s inability to get ahead because being motivated to strive for great things, and just as importantly, change oneself for the better and try new things, is a prerequisite for success.

You focus more on being good than getting better

No one is good at something before they get better at it, so instead of wallowing in doubt about your capabilities, pick an aspect of your work life you know you need to improve and work at getting better at it – aptitudes aren’t fixed and can always be improved upon.

You lack the determination, grit and staying power required for success

Successful people possess determination, grit and staying power because they realise that success is rarely achieved overnight, but rather by staying the course and remaining focused and strong.

You have a tendency to tempt fate

Tempting fate could involve taking on too much at work and consequently failing to make the right impression because you’re overstretched or aiming for positions that are simply way out of your depth – anything that makes achieving your goals more difficult than is necessary.

You don’t communicate effectively and/or don’t speak up

Successful people are excellent communicators who tend to advocate, negotiate and speak up strongly for themselves.

If you begin to lose sight of what you’re aiming for because rejection and your failures start to get you down, take note of what Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, has to say, “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

About the  Author

Chloe Lovette is a writer working on a freelance basis for Career Savvy on, an online resource where job applicants and professionals can find useful advice on skills improvement and other ways to boost their careers.

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