Discover Your Worst Enemy
Know How to Come out on Top
In the modern world we don’t really have “worst enemies” anymore. Sure, as youth on the playground there may have been a bully that we called our “worst enemy.” Or perhaps even as adults we have work competition that we refer to as our “worst enemy.” But by and large, mature adults shouldn’t really have enemies the way we did when conflict was a more prominent part of human life.
Despite the fact that we don’t have sworn enemies we do have a worst enemy. But it’s not who we would expect. Our worst enemy is someone close to us, someone that causes a lot of problems for us. Someone that gets in our way, sets us back. Your worst enemy is yourself.
How We Get in Our Own Way
Throughout history there have been men who have accomplished great things. Despite their accomplishments, they had troubles along the way. For instance, when D.L. Moody was asked who gave him the most trouble he responded with, “I’ve had more trouble with D.L. Moody than any man alive.” Samuel Hoffenstein also said, “Wherever I go, I go too, and spoil everything.”
There are many people out there that have fantastic ideas. They have dreams of accomplishing great things, and even set up plans to get them done. But they allow setbacks to creep into their lives and they get in their own way.
Being great is hard work. When we hit the tough spots we create excuses and the best laid plans often go awry. Fortunately, there’s a way to combat that burnout and stop getting in our own way.
How to Get Out of Your Own Way
Personal discipline is one of the hardest things for anyone to accomplish. The discipline to conquer setbacks, overcome obstacles, and succeed takes a plan so that when hardships come you don’t succumb.
Determine Your Weaknesses – We all have weaknesses. For some it’s procrastination, for others it’s too much socializing, for still others it’s food and drink. It doesn’t matter what is holding you back from accomplishing your dreams, the first step is to identify them. It’s hard to form a battle plan when you don’t know the enemy.
Make a Plan to Tackle Them – After you know what is holding you back, develop a plan to get rid of it. Let’s suppose you oversleep often. Setting your alarm earlier may help, but it likely won’t do much good in the long run. Moving it across the room is an option, turning it really loud is another. But to really tackle it you have to find the root cause (go to bed earlier is a better solution). Normally the obstacle is what we have allowed to cover up an underlying issue.
Find an Accountability Partner – You can’t do this alone. We weren’t meant to tackle problems alone. The way our minds work they are designed to play off the encouragement of others. An accountability partner will be able to help you succeed.
Take Responsibility – You’re going to fail. Not every time, but there will be times when you fail. Take responsibility for your mistakes, and learn from them. The worst thing that can happen when you fail is that it becomes a permanent part of who you are.
Big Sky Collision Center Encourages Success
We are our own worst enemies. But we can overcome ourselves and succeed despite the setbacks we put in our own way. The irony is that we have to rely on each other in order to overcome ourselves.
Here at Big Sky Collision Center we strive to be the best auto body repair shop in the state. What that means is we have created a network of accountability so that just one person isn’t trying to do it all alone. We have to get out of our own way in order for everyone to grow.