Three mindsets that can block business success that you might be unaware of
Three Mindsets that Can Be Road Blocks
Do you know that there is something you should do to move your business forward but you just can’t seem to make yourself follow through? While getting started is an action step, many times it is our internal mindset that prohibits us from taking that first step. Here are three common mindsets that may be keeping you from reaching your goals:
#1 Mindset that can keep you stuck:
- Not knowing what we want. If we haven’t yet set a goal or cast a vision, it’s hard to achieve it. Many times we distract ourselves by identifying so many possibilities that we are overwhelmed with the choices. We say things like, “I could do anything…if I only knew what it was that I wanted to do.”
What to do about it: Overwhelm (so many ideas… so little time) can become an excuse for not moving ahead, for not taking action. Dreaming, planning, setting goals, even creating products and services are a start, but to accomplish a goal you have to first set the goal and have an action plan. Then you have to take action, persistently and consistently. Pick one or two ideas, set a goal, create an action plan, and put 100% of your effort into achieving it. Put the rest of your ideas in a virtual parking lot for later.
#2 Mindset that can keep you stuck:
- Fear of Failure. We know what we want, but we are afraid to go for it for fear we may fail. We are afraid we aren’t good enough, competent enough, talented enough. We have a desire, a dream, but we are afraid we may be turned down, rejected or embarrassed if we don’t achieve it. We may put forth a small effort to no avail and quickly give up. We say things like, “I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.”
What to do about it: We are actually cheating ourselves with this one. The resources in our lives are often available, if we will only recognize and make use of them. Failure is not an indication that we can’t reach a goal. It is only an indication that we may need to take another path. Sometimes it isn’t failure that we’re afraid of though…
#3 Mindset that can keep you stuck:
- Fear of success. Just as fear of failure can paralyze us, so can fear of success. What if we are successful but don’t really know what to do, how to act, or how to perform? What if we are overwhelmed with the responsibility of success, the amount of time and energy that it requires? What if we are successful and people find out we are an impostor? We may say, “What if I succeed and they expect me to know everything and then find out I don’t?”
What to do about it: Again our internal voice is paralyzing us with ‘what if questions’. We fail to recognize the flexibility, the power and the control that we have in any given situation. Create a vision of that successful person: how do they act, think and feel? Now practice being that person. Each step you take is a vote for that new identity. Keep moving forward and you will practice until you become the success you dream of.
Overcoming negative mindsets and the dragon in our brain that reinforces them can sound like a daunting job. It is difficult but not impossible. Roadblocks can be challenged and the road paved for success. Don’t let lack of a focused goal, fear of success or fear of failure keep you from taking that first step forward. Challenge the resistance and keep going, even when your feelings aren’t in line with your actions.
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