When Resilience is Needed – Barriers to Progress

Barriers to Progress

Despite your willingness to make progress,you can often find yourself up against a series of external obstacles that appear to be insurmountable and are beyond your control. It is difficult to understand why they are there. There are many rivers to cross and many mountains to climb, and at times, it is like banging your head against a brick wall. This excessive regulation or rigid conformity to formal rules hinders or prevents action or decision making.

Examples of questions you might use when coaching around barriers to progress. 

– How best can you deal with the barriers and red tape that get in the way of you making progress?

– How real are these barriers?  What is your reaction to these barriers?  How can you preempt these barriers and prevent them from causing delays?  What do you need to do to overcome these barriers?  Maybe some red tape is necessary.

– How can you plan for this?

– Often it seems like you are banging your head against a brick wall. What makes you feel like banging your head against a brick wall? What causes you to become frustrated?  How do you react to banging your head against a brick wall for a long period of time?

– How can innovation and creativity help you?

– What other ways are there of dealing with barriers?  What innovative ways can you think of to deal positively with these barriers?

– What is your reaction to planning? How do you go about planning? How detailed are your plans? What outside factors have you built into your plans? What contingency plans have you put in place? How realistic is the strategy and subsequent plan that you have chosen?

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Find out more about resilience in “The Authority Guide to Emotional Resilience in Business” by Robin Hills.


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  1. Nice tips. I like to be prepared before doing something, so I would research about it. But I’m told that it would actually hinder me coz now I am able to see both the pros and cons. Sometimes I would back out of it but usually I would proceed but with caution.

  2. You always have to bear in mind that what is a barrier for one person might be a necessary protection for someone else. As you say, not all red tape is bad.