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Breaking Through Boundaries

The big day is FINALLY here! I’ve been chomping at the bit to share this with you. November is “The Month to Get Over.” It’s breakthrough month. My personal development focus this month is all about how we can get over hurdles, barriers, limitations, hurts, fears and setbacks so we can SORE into our future.

I’ve scoured the planet looking for just the right author to share a fresh perspective on breaking through boundaries, while giving us just the right tools to get the job done – and I found herMadeline Johnson.

Featured on NBC’s Today Show as a leading marketing expert, Madeline has built a successful marketing and public relationship company, representing prestigious and well-known brands including Aveda hair care and cosmetics, The Spas at Fairmont Raffles Hotels, YonKa Paris skincare, Rene Furterer Paris and Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa.

Madeline has also built relationships with the editors of top tier medial outlets including Allure, Glamour, Elle, and Vogue, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, along with influential digital media journalists affiliated with The Huffington Post, Refinery29 and StyleCaster.

Sit back, grab a cup of your favorite tea or coffee and indulge!

Madeline Johnson, @lovelight33

From the age of 18 I developed severe generalized anxiety disorder with paralyzing panic attacks. With no desire to take the drugs offered to me by psychiatrists I had to develop new behaviors in order to move forward with my life. I didn’t achieve this by making excuses, I slowly and sometimes painfully progressed because I had a deep desire to change, to overcome the anxiety and pain.

For years I tried everything imaginable and finally developed a program of spiritual meditation and daily exercise along with living in a flow of gratefulness to help me achieve professional and personal success. I am a marketing and PR professional with clients from around the world, the mother of four beautiful daughters and happily married to my very best friend. We are blessed with a beautiful life and appreciate everything that comes our way each day, including the obstacles and challenges that life brings on.

Obstacles are Opportunities

There is no getting around obstacles, they are everywhere. For many of us the disruption brought on by technology has been an obstacle and an opportunity for our career growth. Real estate agents challenged by websites like Zillow; Marketers and PR professionals forced to learn new social media tools like Instagram and Pinterest; Uber and Lyft changing the transportation industry, EverBank and LearnVest forever transforming the world of finance. Keeping up with technology can be perceived as a hindrance or a wonderful opportunity to move more efficiently in our life and careers.

Whatever the barrier is that you are facing, it offers both hurdles to jump and prospects for a better solution and outcome. You see, barriers are not the problem, it is the way in which we respond to them that holds us back.

Sometimes it’s easier to use an obstacle (a perceived barrier) as an excuse for not moving forward because we fear failure or embarrassment if we don’t succeed.  There is fear and then there is being paralyzed by fear. This is the point in which we come up with excuses.

  • If I only had the time to learn a new skill, 
  • If I could meet the right people, 
  • If I could save some money,
  • If times were better,
  • If I had more talent,
  • If I were only younger. . .

One must begin by changing their mind about how they perceive barriers. Start with a deep self-assessment to understand what limiting beliefs you have sold yourself. If they are getting in the way of your goals, then create a list of the knowledge skills and talent you will need to breakthrough and a plan to learn them.

It is also very important to remember that we are never aloneespecially when facing obstacles. When connected to our higher power, a source of infinite generosity and benevolence, we realize that we are co-creating this gift of life that has been given to us. Our greatest breakthrough begins by being grateful.

Madeline Johnson is the CEO of Madeline Johnson Marketing and Public Relations, and the founding author of the popular self-development blog, Of Undisputed Origin, Life Advice from Brilliant Minds.

Madeline and her team specialize in branding, marketing, research and design that will help build your business and drive your sales revenue.

2 thoughts on “Breaking Through Boundaries”

  1. Jeff, thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to share my personal challenges and hopefully inspire others to overcome perceived barriers in their lives. You are a source of inspiration for me Jeff and I am so happy that we have found each other on our quest to become the highest and best versions of ourselves with God. Keep inspiring and motivating Jeff, you were made to do this! Looking forward to more words of wisdom from you.


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