As business owners we want success (otherwise, why would we ever start), but there are things we are doing that are actually holding us back.
We don’t set out to self-sabotage but it happens more often than you’d think. In this blog, I want to show you 5 common things I’ve seen in my coaching practice, so you can start to watch out for them in your business. If you’d like to know more then you can sign up for my free 10 mistakes report here .
How many times have you gone online to post something and then spent an hour on social media or promised yourself to get something done that’s important and then done everything else on your to-do list, but that one important thing?
There are lots of reasons we procrastinate – stress, tasks feelings too big, the love of shiny objects that distract us, fear of failure. Procrastinating can really hold you back and stop you from reaching your goals.
Try tracking your time, turning off notifications while you focus on the task at hand, and breaking down your to-do list, so you don’t put off what you need to do.
Fear of getting it wrong or fear because you’re lacking confidence are both big things that could be holding you back. Ask yourself ‘what’s the worst that can happen’? It’s ok to get things wrong, it’s ok to need to practice and learn and it’s ok to reach out for help/support from other experts if you need it.
Now, this is a big one and one I love to talk about because your mindset is everything in your business. You can’t build a successful business, tick off the goals you set or make the income you want to make unless your mindset is in the right place. Monitoring your thoughts is a good place to start.
- Imposter syndrome
Telling yourself you’re not expert enough, not qualified enough, that people will see through you or question you are all signs of imposter syndrome and it’s so detrimental to your business. You are an expert and you deserve to be here, so check your mindset, look for the evidence that you can do this, and wave goodbye to imposter syndrome for good.
- Not investing in yourself or your business
You can’t expect to be the expert at everything and you will need to add to your skills as your business develops. Trying to do it all on your own or putting off your development until a date in the future, when you have a more stable income, won’t help your business. Learning new skills will boost your confidence and help your business, so don’t put off investing in yourself.