“The best way to treat obstacles is to use them as stepping-stones.
Laugh at them, tread on them and let them lead you to something better.”

Enid Blyton

If it is in our nature to seek excellence, then why does it not happen as well or as often as we would want or expect it to?
Why do we need so much management, training, support and help to achieve higher and better levels of performance if it is in our nature to want to improve anyway?
It has to be because something is blocking this natural desire and drive in us and we need to find out what it is.

First Port of Call

The first place to look might be – how you might be blocking yourself.
Here are some suggestions for you to consider:

  • Fear – of making mistakes, of getting it wrong, of not making it, of not being accepted or of getting outside your comfort zone
  • Lack of self-belief and confidence
  • Inadequate skills level and knowledge
  • Lack of clarity and focus on what you really want; poor goals
  • Blaming others – the organisation, the manager, life!
  • Not spotting or taking opportunities
  • Poor relationships and turf wars that distract you
  • Failure to take responsibility for things
  • Lack of persistence, giving up or settling for things

Two Questions to ask yourself

  1. Which of the above might be holding you back (pick at least 3)?
  2. Which of these do you see holding back some key people in your team?

In relation to the first question – if appropriate, identify who might help you with this – a friend or coach. Sometimes we just don’t see some obvious things ourselves.

In relation to the second – plan how you might help these key people in how they deal with these.

You owe it to yourself to do this exercise. It will make an enormous difference in how effective and successful you and your team are.