I know what you’re thinking now: Sabotage my own business? The business I think about 24 hours per day, 7 days per week? NO WAY!
And yet, sometimes, that’s exactly what happens.
It’s happened to me, and it’s happened to some of the most skilled, brilliant entrepreneurs I know. You can be the best in your craft, the sharpest one out there, and still make a few rookie mistakes along the way.
But the worst part is, people are often unaware of it… that is, until it’s too late to repair the damage.
Don’t let the same thing happen to you and your business.
Learn the six ways in which you may unknowingly sabotage your business and your success and what you can do about it.
1. You’re not flexible enough.
If I had to use one word to describe entrepreneurship, then that word is change.
As cliché as it sounds, change is the only constant in the business world.
The market changes. The clients and projects change. The needs and wants change. And you’ll need to change too, sometimes at the speed of light.
I’ve seen many entrepreneurs fail just because they refused to adapt to whatever new was coming their way (this is often true with where consumer attention is going around things like social media and marketing efforts).
And hey, remember this: the best entrepreneurs don’t only embrace change – they create it.
2. You don’t take action.
Being strategic about your business is one thing… failing to take action due to being overly strategic (also known as overthinking) is very different.
Most of the time, fear of failure is the main reason you’re unable to make a decision and take action. What if you’re wrong? What if you lose time, money, or your freedom? What if you fail?
The thing is, you WILL make mistakes, no matter how much you try to avoid them. You will fail at something at least once, if not many times, before you succeed. You will be wrong but that’s the only way you’re ever going to be right!
3. You don’t prioritize tasks.
Multitasking is one of the biggest myths of our time.
Not only is it not upping your productivity, but it’s also draining your brainpower (and then you wonder why you feel so exhausted at the end of the day, huh?)
As your own boss, you’ll have to learn how to prioritize. The Eisenhower Matrix is a good place to start—you’d be surprised just how efficient of a tool it is!
4. You nurture a negative mindset.
Your mindset is your most important business tool.
As an entrepreneur, you’ll quickly learn the importance of having the right mindset. Without it, you probably won’t see the results you’re hoping to see.
Do a quick self-check: are your old ways of thinking and behaving stopping you from living your best life? Are you your own biggest cheerleader, or your biggest enemy?
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5. You undersell yourself.
Drop the belief that you need to work very hard to get paid what you’re worth. There’s a difference between cost and value.
You charge for the difference your product/service will make in someone else’s life, not for the amount of time you spend working on it.
Sure, it may take you “only” an hour but if it completely transforms someone’s life or business, then that one hour is worth more than you think!
6. You feel guilty for following your dream.
Let’s face it: starting your own business is not easy. And yes, it’s going to require a few sacrifices on your end, most likely your time and energy.
However, taking the time to focus more on your dream doesn’t make you a bad mom/wife/partner (insert every other title and role you have in life). Release and move past thoughts like that ASAP!
Actually, the only way you can genuinely be there for others is if you’re there for yourself first. Trust me, your family wants to see you succeed as much as you do!
Did you recognize yourself in any of these?
If yes, what have you found most helpful to help you break patterns of thinking like that?