Overcoming Roadblocks to Success

Discover overcoming common roadblocks to success.

The world of entrepreneurship is a tough place. It’s full of roadblocks, challenges, and obstacles. Some of them are small and easily overcome, while others are much more difficult to overcome.

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the common roadblocks that entrepreneurs face when trying to build their businesses online. We’ll also share a few tips on how to overcome those roadblocks.

If you’re struggling to find success in your online business, chances are you’ve run into one of these roadblocks already.

Why people fail in business

While success is largely defined by the amount of effort you put into your work, a lot of people fail in business because they lack the motivation to keep going when things get tough. They don’t realize all successful people have faced adversity.

It’s easy to quit when life gets tough, especially if you feel like you’ve failed at something in the past. This is why it’s important to find the right mindset to get you through the most challenging times.

Here are a few tips to help you overcome common roadblocks and obstacles to success. 

Why do you need to overcome roadblocks to success?

Why do you need to overcome roadblocks to success?

All day long, we face obstacles that get in our way, and we have to quickly adapt and figure out the next step. We’re not even aware that we’re doing it. If something unexpected happens (such as an interruption, a traffic jam, or a client calling with an unexpected question)… No problem. 

Yes we don’t like to deal with it, but we do and simply move on.

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The first big step is usually the hardest. When you’re taking a huge leap of faith, a small roadblock may seem insurmountable.

When you have a big dream or something new you want to do, it’s natural to get stuck.

You don’t have to go crazy. You can let something pull you back, and then you can simply do whatever is required to beat it.

Trumping adversity is not always easy. There are times when you’ll face the “roadblock of fear” and other times when you’ll need to move pass your “obstruction of indecision.”

Roadblocks and challenges aren’t limited to business, either. We all face them in life, whether we’re a student, a sportsman, a stay-at-home mom, a writer, or an artist.

Some roadblocks are easier to overcome than others, but all of us can find ways to overcome them.

Five Common Roadblocks to Success

We all know what happens when we don’t do things. There are plenty of reasons how we respond when we face roadblocks. It can be due to laziness, sometimes it’s fear, sometimes it’s pure stubbornness.

Illustration of 5 Common Roadblocks.

1) Making Excuses

I’m sorry if this next statement may be a little harsh. But the truth of the matter, one of the biggest roadblocks to success is making excuses. 

In fact, making excuses is the #1 roadblock to success in my book.

When you give up, you will always feel bad. You’ll feel bad about yourself and about the situation. You’ll feel like you wasted time, effort, and resources.

When you avoid doing something because you’re scared, you’re not only making excuses, you’re also giving away control.

Think about it this way: you’re the captain of a ship. You’ve got a crew, you’ve got a destination, you’ve got a course, and you’ve got a mission.

As long as you’re the captain, you can steer the ship however you want. You’ve got the power.

You don’t have to worry about whether the wind is blowing in the right direction, because the wind is the captain’s job. You’re the captain, you can steer however you want, and you’re the one who gets to decide what course to take.

What about when you’re not the captain?

The minute you give up your position as captain, you’re in trouble. The minute you say, “I don’t know what to do,” you’re handing control of your fate to someone else.

2) Fear of Failure

In addition to excuses, another major roadblock is simply the fear of failure.

People are afraid to fail, so they don’t take risks. This can lead to personal stagnation, and when you stagnate, you’re not growing.

Here’s the deal… A company is not built by failing; a company is built by failing and learning from those failures.

Failure is an important part of life. We all fail from time to time. If we didn’t, we would never improve.

The problem is that some of us are afraid of failing. We don’t want to lose our money, or our friends, or our reputation, so we avoid taking risks.

This is a big mistake. The only thing that matters is whether you learned something from your failure. In fact, the only reason we should fail is if we learn from it.

That doesn’t mean we should ignore our own mistakes and keep going forward. The key is to learn from our failures, and then move on.

Failure is a necessary part of the journey. If you don’t fail, you won’t grow.

3) Lack of Skills

So how do you make sure your startup has a real shot at succeeding?

One of the most important skills is “execution.” The ability to get something done. The ability to get things done is the difference between being successful and being average.

Execution is an intangible skill, and many entrepreneurs don’t understand the importance of “execution.” It’s a skill that takes time to build, but is doable. 

In fact, any lack of skills, that you feel would help you in reaching your goals to success can be learned. You just have to ‘want it bad enough!”

4) Lack of Motivation

The “lack of motivation” is the most common issue that I come across in entrepreneurs. They want to do great things but have no motivation to actually go through the process.

Some of the reasons why they lack motivation include being overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work, having too much on their plate, not being organized, and fear of failure.

However, you don’t have to feel stuck or lack motivation. You can find the right motivation, even if you feel that you don’t have any.

5) Lack of Time 

There’s no way around it. The number one reason lack of time is a roadblock boils down to one bad habit a lot of us have found ourselves in… procrastination!

Procrastination is a common problem in entrepreneurship. It’s like a bad habit that takes over your life and prevents you from living the life you want. You know that the time has come to make a change, but you always find an excuse not to.

In the next section on how to overcome roadblocks, we’ll provide strategies you can use to address this problem.  But the bottom line is this… to eliminate procrastination in your life requires first the conscious decision to change and then create a plan of discipline to stick to it.  

Steps to Take to Achieve Success & Reach Your Goals

Roadblocks are the things that stop you from reaching your goals. The biggest roadblock to success is a lack of focus. If you have more than one goal, you’re going to have a hard time achieving any of them.

Take the first step and take time to define your goals, then write down what you want to achieve. It’s okay to be flexible, but it’s also important to define the end goal.

Here are some steps you can take to achieve your goals and overcome roadblocks.

  • Create a vision board.
  • Plan your route to success.
  • Identify your goal.
  • Get rid of all distractions.
  • Write out your plan.
  • Remember, one step at a time. Don’t get ahead of yourself.
  • Laser focus in executing your plan for success.

20 Quotes for Achieving Success

Get ready to get the inspiration and motivation you need to help you in your journey of overcoming roadblocks and feel the victory of success!


“When you wake in the morning, do you keep dreaming?… or do you immediately awake and take action to ‘achieve your dreams.”

Beth Elkassih

 “Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.”

Winston Churchill

“The most important thing is not the fact that you have succeeded. But that you have tried to succeed.”

Albert Einstein

 “If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got. If you don’t like it, change it.”

Tony Robbins

“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.”

Jodi Picoult

“If you don’t take chances you won’t make mistakes.”

Charles M. Schulz

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Dr. Seuss

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Winston Churchill

“If you can’t do something smart, do something right.”

John Wooden

 “If you are going through hell, keep going.”

Winston Churchill

“If you want something you’ve never had, do what it takes to get it.”

Walt Disney

“I don’t try to brush failure under the rug or run away from my losses. I learn from them. Life’s greatest lessons are gained from our losses — if we approach them the right way. Mistakes are acceptable as long as the damage isn’t too great. Or as they say in Texas, “It doesn’t matter how much milk you spill as long as you don’t lose your cow!” (reference John Maxwell)”

Jevonnah R. Ellison.

“I have a list I reference called “the once impossible list.” It’s filled with things that I once thought felt impossible (running a 5k, getting into a healthy relationship, getting my master’s degree, sitting on a plane for 18 hours, etc.). It’s a great reminder that I’ve had the feeling before, but look what I did anyway!” 

Chelsea Turner Avery

“Get unstuck quickly. Do something that will get you a small win. That builds momentum and gives you the confidence to make bigger and wiser decisions.”

Hani Mourra

“I think of them as speed bumps instead of roadblocks. Just a minor delay to get me over the hump on the highway to my dreams. You never know the things you might see if you slow down on your journey so you can learn and enjoy the moments.”

Michelle Colon-Johnson

“Honestly, I’ve found the best way to overcome roadblocks is to ask for help humbly and with an open mind. Someone might have advice I can use, a connection that could bring new leads, or just the right word of understanding to help bolster my spirit as I persevere. My success as an entrepreneur has come in large part because kind, wise people heard my struggles and gave me the benefit of their experience.” 

Andi Cumbo-Floyd

 “Go back to the basics and take massive action. What brought you success in the past (adding value to others, solving a problem, giving great service) will work again. You can’t control what got you stuck, but you can take so much action that something has to give. Roadblocks don’t move themselves. You have to either move them yourself or create enough momentum to blow through them.” –  

Jimmy Burgess

Stay focused on achieving freedom, and then there are no road blocks — only the road that led us to our destination.” 

Matt Ledgerwood

 “It’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success.”

Ellen DeGeneres

 “When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.”

Eloise Ristad

Final Last Words

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re trying to achieve your goals. This is especially true when you start working toward a big goal. We all face roadblocks, many of which were discussed above.

My final last words of advice are this…

The first thing you need to recognize is that you don’t have to start over. You have already started, and you have already built momentum.

It is time to take the next step and build on your momentum.

Face your own roadblocks and plow thru them and be determined to reach your goals and dreams!

About the author

beth elkassih

“Hi! Welcome to the launching and introduction to ‘Made You Smile Back’! I’m so pleased you’re here. Let me share with you a little bit about myself and why I created this platform.”

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4 comments on “Overcoming Roadblocks to Success”

  1. I think my worst barrier is procrastination! It’s so easy to put things off for another day and then never actually do it. Great read!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your post on B&I FB Group. This is so true and we all have to take to heart and remind ourself to forge ahead, learn daily, not give up and do our best daily.

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