…And what you can do about them
You are a successful entrepreneur or executive. You have a burning desire to make an impact in the world. You have an incredible goal and dream that you really want to achieve.
But, you can’t seem to get from Point A to point B because something is holding you back…
It’s your mindset.
We all have the tenancy to hold ourselves back from the things we want to achieve. We feel we aren’t capable; or we’re undeserving and unworthy; or we just don’t know where to start.
I get it. I’ve been there. I know how the subconscious mind can play those evil tricks and create patterns and behaviors that end up sabotaging our success. It happens to even the most focused and dedicated entrepreneurs and executives.
So what can you do about it?
Here are the top 5 mindset blocks that are holding you back and what you can do about them:
Is there ever the perfect time? Can anything ever truly be “prefect”? The answer is a big resounding NO!
While you tinker away at trying to have the perfect business plan, the perfect web site, the perfect presentation, or the perfect anything, you are losing precious time in getting actual results. You overthink and over-analyze, criticizing yourself (and often others) every step of the way. This is a great way to sabotage your success.
It’s time to shit or get off the pot and get out of the perfectionist mode by doing something- making a move, go with what you have and what you know and rock it! Start with step one and move on to step two. Don’t let analysis paralysis stop you from getting to the next level. Like the Nike slogan: Just Do It — whatever “it” is!
Do you find yourself comparing yourself to others and their success and achievements? Boy, I did! I was always looking at what everyone else had, and what everyone else was doing in their business, and what everyone else had achieved.
I had to learn one critical thing: I wasn’t everyone else. I was me. I had the opportunity to do things the way I wanted to do them. Who cares what everyone else does? I had to realize that I am exactly where I am supposed to be and take what I have right now and run with it.
3. Imposter Complex (aka Imposter Syndrome)
You have a great deal of experience. You know you’ve achieved a lot in life, so why do you often feel like a fraud?
You have made up your mind that you don’t deserve all that you have achieved. You are so sure that you really don’t know WTF you’re talking about, and someone might find out!
You often don’t move forward in business because you feel like you would be deceiving others.
This is a bunch of horse hockey! You’ve worked hard. You have the education, experience, referrals, connections, and intelligence to prove it.
Take the opportunity today to start embracing your accomplishments and capabilities. Ask for help and guidance from your team or in a Facebook or LinkedIn group of like-minded professionals or entrepreneurs. Don’t let your self-doubt control your actions.
4. Fear of Failure
This is HUGE! We are often so afraid to fail that we never even take the first step toward success. We pile on the “What If’s” — “what if ______?”(fill in the blank with a negative outcome), or “what if ______?”(fill in the blank with a negative outcome)…
Have you tried to do the opposite? “What if ______?”(fill in the blank with a positive outcome). What if you succeeded? What if people love your idea? What if things worked out in your favor, and you actually achieved the goal that you set out to achieve?
And hey, if you think of some of the greatest failures in our time (Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Walt Disney, JK Rowling…) They all failed up. How? They weren’t afraid to fail and knew that their failures were the lessons that lead to their success.
Be OK with failing and don’t automatically assume you will. There’s a very god chance, you won’t. And if you do? Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and keep going.
5. Staying Stuck in Overwhelm
Believe it or not, overwhelm is a choice. There, I said it. If you are feeling overwhelmed and lack focus because of it, it’s because you are likely trying to do too much in too short of a time, and you know you will never get it done.
You won’t. You can’t. The belief that you can do everything is just plain wrong. The truth is, the list of ‘things’ to do is infinite. You (nor I nor anyone else) will ever get everything done.
So cut yourself some slack. Be real about what you can accomplish and what you can’t. Set some boundaries and structure. Set realistic and tangible goals and break them down: monthly, weekly, daily. Keep your daily to-do list to only 5 things and list them from highest priority to lowest.
If you happen to have the budget, see what you can outsource to a virtual assistant or other freelancer from sites such as Upwork or Fivrr.
Taking care of yourself and your mental and emotional well-being are paramount to your success. Once you recognize these self-destructive patterns that are sabotaging your success try some of the techniques listed above. Consider meditating for 15 minutes a day to help you get some focus and clarity. Take a walk. Practice positive self-talk or listen to a short inspirational YouTube video (I recommend videos by Abraham Hicks).
And guess what: You go this!
Need some help getting past those pesky mindset blocks and limiting belief systems? Give me a shout. I’m here for you. email@example.com