What is limiting your growth?
The answer could be YOU. How often have you acted against your own self-interest?
Your biggest roadblock is the "enemy from within." We all have suffered from self-sabotaging thoughts. Subconscious self-talk has a detrimental impact on your business growth and overall success.
The root of limiting beliefs can come from internalizing attitudes that were directed at you from others as early as your childhood. In working with companies, large and small, I've identified these five self-sabotaging habits that halt business growth. Here are a few of my proven tips to address these ugly habits and get out of your own way.
1. Procrastinating Due To Fear
Fear is like a taser electrical shot, it incapacitates you. To overcome fear masked as procrastination, act with urgency. Focus your first actions of the day around what is most important to accomplish your goal. Leaders are laser focused on priorities first. Take a moment to reframe your reality and re-order your day. When I left my comfortable corporate job nearly 10 years ago, I told myself that failure was not an option. Use that same energy to beat fear with faith. Believe in your vision and seize the opportunity each day to get one step closer.
2. Playing It Safe With "Small Thinking"
Leaders live in the land of BIG! Surround yourself with people and ideas that enlarge your creativity and push you beyond the boundaries. How do winners stretch and grow? They lean in and reframe failure as an opportunity to learn fast. They play and work with others on the next level. Starts by building relationships with those you admire but you may not know today. This will require you to move past your comfort zone. It may also mean firing some former colleagues and friends who robbed you of your creative energy and refused to grow beyond your past.
3. Being Addicted To "Doing" vs. "Being"
We mistake "doing" for "being." Often "doing" can be disguised as productive but it actually is an ugly addiction rooted in the need to be in control. The doing can leave us frustrated and depleted. As you grow, the volume of work to do is beyond your physical ability. It's time to organize, prioritize and delegate. Take time to understand how "being" present adds greater value to your customers, employees and your own fulfillment. Leaders focus their time and presence in high value areas that make a measurable breakthrough contribution.
4. Embracing Negative Self Talk
Leaders learn how to stop self-bullying. Recognize the negative thoughts that sway your self-identity and impact your ability. Stop the conversation. Never come into agreement with your thoughts by verbalizing them. Start by recognizing the negative thoughts and counter them with positive reinforcement. "My business is making progress, slowly but surely." Surround yourself with others who will reinforce the positive and help you to see your situation from a not-so critical point of view.
5. Lacking Value For Yourself and Your Time
I can tell what you value by where you spend your time. How do you invest time in your personal development and growth? Assess what you can do each day to re-invest in you. How you care for your health, emotional, spiritual and total well-being tells me how much you value your brand. Value your time, presence and expertise. By giving away everything to everyone, you are sacrificing the engine for your next level growth...you.