I got an email the other day from my writing chapter’s super-organized Goal Keeper gently reminding me of the writing goals I’d set for 2011. It stopped me in my tracks and really made me think about my forward progress—or lack thereof–this year. I did get quite a bit done, and I’m excited about that. But in looking at things not done, I had to ask myself: what keeps you from moving forward?

Connie Mann Making Forward Progress

Writing in Arhus, Denmark

As a perpetual list-maker, I immediately jotted down a list of things that keep me from moving forward. Here they are, in no particular order:

  • Lack of Time Management
  • Family Obligations
  • Lack of Focus
  • Distractions
  • Inability to Say “No”
  • Lack of Self-Discipline
  • Responsibility Overload
  • Fear of Failure
  • Fear of Success
  • Procrastination
  • Not Paying Attention
  • The Self-Doubt Gremlins
  • Perfectionism
  • Over-Scheduling
  • Information Overload
  • Pull of Urgent vs. Important
  • Over-Loaded Brain “Syndrome”
  • Exhaustion (from everything listed above)

I’m sure I could expand this list, but these are the progress stoppers that immediately leap to mind. 

Of course, identifying the problem is only the first step. My goal—which I am determined to meet–is to offer encouragement and ideas in future blog posts on how to conquer these pesky progress gremlins.

Do any of these resonate with you? What keeps you from making forward progress? And how do you overcome it? What’s not on the list that should be? I’d love to hear from you.