Take on a Challenge to Overcome Barriers

by Jayne Kopp on January 10, 2011

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Last night I decided to take on a challenge in order to overcome barriers – or more like break through them – and kick them in the proverbial “woofer.”

I’m pleased I mustered the guts to participate with the help of my cyber friend Heather Stevens and the awesome group who have decided to get together in her Prove It 2011 challenge.

You see, I’ve been working my online business now for three years – and while I’ve been pleased with the results so far, I seem to have hit a plateau – and feel to be stagnating in a bit of an oblivion.

I think it might be because there is so much to do and learn ….and being new a ‘blogging’ opposed to maintaining static website… I have so many question marks.

I think many of us hit a similar stage at some point in life, whether it’s in our personal lives or professional lives, and find it hard to pluck up guts… (and sometimes energy) to jump over the next hurdles.

Oh sure, I could bask in the present stage, diddle around and be alright. I could continue to learn at my own comfy little pace, wish for more hours in a day and shrug it off. I could go easy on myself and make excuses why I’m not accomplishing as much as I wish… and pat myself on my own head and say” Oh well… I’m busy with the kids” – I have my hands full … or even more seriously I should take some time out to heal after the loss of my dear friend.

While all of the above excuses are valid… and even may be acceptable … the truth of the matter is… if I wish to reach new heights and overcome the barriers that have held me back these last few months – I simply have to pull on my big girl nickerbockers and get the show on the road.

There really is no other way to put it. If I was not prepared to take on the challenge to make even more changes in my life, what the heck kind of a coach would I be?

I feel I’d be the world best hypocrite, particularly considering I so often sing the praises of personal growth. After all my main passion and focus is to (and has always been) to empower others to discover their own personal strengths, overcome limiting beliefs and move forward to achieve personal and financial goals.

I believe everything is achievable if you hold a genuine desire to go for the gusto and step outside the dotted line, that’s why this makes SO much sense to walk this path with a built in cheering section.

Lack of time, lack of energy, lack of self confidence too many limiting beliefs are often things that hold us back.

The bottom line is – the choice is ours to make whether we get past these issues or not.

We either ‘accept’ the status quo… at which point we have NO right to play our own violin when things don’t work the way we wish they did… or we can plant our wee bottoms firmly in the saddle and ride the range ….

Over the weekend while pondering Heathers challenge, my first instinct
was to run the other way screaming and justify my fear of taking it on. To be honest, at first it all did seem just too much for now… and the human mind has a way of clinging to the easy – and less cruel way out.
(LOL)…. :-)

After sitting myself down and mopping the sweat from my brow, and breathing like I did while in labour, I realized that we all have things to do, place to be, and people to see. I’m no different. And since I preached in my New Years Resolutions post how I was going to live more in the moment… I realized if I didn’t cowboy up I’d remain stuck in a rut… & frankly… I didn’t like the thought!

I have to admit it’s a little scary… being that my house is “kiddie play date central” and often I feel like “the old woman who lived in the shoe”… 70 blog posts these next few weeks makes my eyes cross…..BUT….

I know that if we are willing to do what many won’t we will achieve what many may not. This is why I’m ALL in. (as my nails are bitten to the quick)

If there’s something you’ve always wanted to do, whether it’s to build a business for yourself, reach a personal goal, or have an untouched bucket list… would it be worth it to you to take on a challenge to overcome the barriers that have held you back in order to make it happen?

Would you like to build a blog and get your own business up and running?

If the answer is yes…. Why not climb aboard and take on the challenge for yourself??…I’d be happy to help you get a blog set up!

Let’s make this year one to remember for all the right reasons.

What would you like to change this year? Would you be willing to take on a challenge to break through barriers? What’s holding you back? Leave a comment below and let’s see if we can squash it.

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Christina January 11, 2011 at 8:00 am

Hey Jayne,
Great post girl… I can totally relate to every aspect of your post… I was experiencing the same exact thing this weekend… but like you stepped back and just allowed that FEAR I had in myself to slide right off my back!
You post was fun and I like the way you relate it to your life!
You go girl… let’s ROCK this house in 2011!
Have a great week,
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Jayne Kopp January 11, 2011 at 9:20 am

Hi Christina, Thanks for stopping by. Yes Let’s Rock it shall we. It’s funny, so many of us have had the same apprehension of taking on this challenge, but the truth is, we have all see the value and that is what counts. Thanks for stopping by. I will be round to see you shortly! ~Jayne~


Jym January 11, 2011 at 4:35 am

Hi Jayne,

Great to meet you on this Challenge, and good to see you encouraging other to join it as well.

Even at this early stage I can already feel the benefit of the group support and shared ideas and energy that it offers.

All the best,

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Mavis Nong January 11, 2011 at 3:54 am

Hi Jayne,

Congratulations on deciding to join our Prove It Challenge.

So true that we often struggle to step out of our comfort zone. Sad that sometimes people are willing to live mediocre lives because they can’t be bothered to push and challenge themselves.

Much success to you. See you around.

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Oliver Tausend January 11, 2011 at 3:00 am

Hi Jayne,

I had cold feet and all types of superb excuses before I eventually joined the challenge. I’m already glad I did – it will keep us accountable and busy with purpose.

Awesome that you are also part of the challenge.

Looking forward to the next weeks to come !

Take care

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Jayne Kopp January 11, 2011 at 9:22 am

HI Oliver, thanks so much for stopping round to see me. I just wanted to point out that you had a lot to do with my decision to participate. I remembered your concern (as you aired a few) ie: German posts, English posts, etc… but I loved it when you came back and said “you know what… I’m making excuses…” I thought… “you know what… so am I” LOL. I am glad to see you here too and look forward to seeing more of you. ~Jayne~


Martin January 10, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Ha ha,
I can sure relate with you on this one.

“Over the weekend while pondering Heathers challenge, my first instinct
was to run the other way screaming and justify my fear of taking it on. To be honest, at first it all did seem just too much for now… and the human mind has a way of clinging to the easy – and less cruel way out.”

You’ll be ok.
It is obvious that you are good at writing, and if you continue to share from your heart the way that you did in this article, you will do amazing wonders.

I’m excited to be a part of this challenge also.
And even though my plate is already full, I plan on giving it my best go.

Martin Dale


Jayne Kopp January 11, 2011 at 9:23 am

HI Martin, thanks so much for your kind compliments… and for giving me the positive boost that is always welcome. I feel we can all do wonders by stepping outside our comfort zone. Thanks so much and it’s great to meet you. Look forward to working with you during this challenge! ~Jayne~


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