Remember playing hopscotch as a kid?

You’re hopping along on one foot, avoiding other people’s markers, not stepping on the line, balancing all of your weight on one foot as you bend down to pick up your own marker, you’re pitching and hopping certain you are going to win. Then your sister or best friend says something to throw you off guard and bam! you trip and fall.

Game over. They win.

When you’re a kid, it’s all fun and games, but what about when you’re 25, or 35, or 45 and people in your life are still blocking your success, how do you handle it?

Do they still win?

When you start clearing the mechanism and making positive changes in your life, you will encounter resistance and negativity to your wanting to do better, be better. Some of it will come from that annoying voice in your head and some from the people in your life who just don’t want to see you change.

“Oh, she thinks she’s all that.” “You’ve changed.” “Who do you think you are?”

The key is choosing not to allow your fears or someone else’s negativity to stop your forward progress. This year will be different because now you understand that the roadblock presented itself because it’s the thing that has held you back all along and until you resolve it, you won’t achieve your goals.

To create your new reality, you have to be willing to let go of your old reality, whatever course it takes. You have to be willing to clean out your sandbox.

For more inspiration, consider Laura Day’s The Circle:

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