Sometimes in business we can hold ourselves back from achieving success beyond our wildest dreams.
I know, it’s seems kinda crazy that you’d sabotage your own success!
However, a lot of how we think and act happens on a subconscious level. Often times, self-sabotaging habits aren’t done intentional, but by old thought patterns that you may not be aware of.
And it’s vital that you bring awareness to your subconscious thoughts so that they don’t hold you back from reaching your highest potential.
I’ve interviewed over 100 entrepreneurs and I can tell you that underneath many of their business challenges are self-sabotaging beliefs standing in their way.
As the legendary surfer, Laird Hamilton said, “Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears.”
Your false assumption about how you think the world works, your limiting beliefs and self-sabotaging behaviors can create barriers that make it more difficult to create the kind of business and life you want.
To get to the next level of business success, you have to overcome self-sabotaging behaviors that stand between your current reality and your lifestyle vision.
Here are 3 ways you’re sabotaging your success:
1. You don’t place a high value on your unique talents, therefore you’re not leveraging them.
…and just in case you’re questioning whether or not you have a natural talent, rest assured that if you’re reading this right now, you have a talent!
So that we’re both on the same page, a talent is a special, natural ability that you’ve always had. They are natural recurring patterns of thought, feeling, or behavior that are unique to you.
Now, I don’t want to bore you to death with the science behind it so I’ll keep it brief! Your talents are created from the strongest synaptic connections in your brain. They essentially dominate your decision-making in everyday life and play the biggest role in the way you think, feel and act.
And here’s where we sabotage tend to sabotage ourselves…
Many times, we don’t value our talents because they feel so natural to us that they almost seem to be common sense. And because you may not value your talents, you’re most likely not tapping into them to reach your pinnacle of business success.
So why are talents so valuable, especially in business?! Well, you can use your talents to guide important, foundational business decisions. For example:
- What role you play in your company
- What business model works best for you
- How to build your audience and interact with them
- What modality to give value to your customers
- What daily work activities you focus on
- How to create and interact with your team
- How to collaborate with other people in your industry
If you haven’t discovered your natural talents, be sure to email me for a copy of The Ultimate Guide to Discover What You’re Good At! It’s a step-by-step action plan to help you uncover your hidden talents, highlight your knowledge, and identify your skills to create a business doing work you love.
If you want to reach your highest potential in business and do work that aligns with who you are, you must discover your talents and leverage them in your business.
2. You spend way too much time thinking about unfounded fears instead of addressing them.
When I interviewed Tim Ferriss on the topic of fear, he said that fear is the biggest contributor to why people don’t go for their dreams.
We’ve all got fears that run through our minds on a daily basis. And many of them are unfounded fears that haven’t been properly addressed. I love this acronym for fear: False. Evidence. Appearing. Real.
Your unfounded fears are taking up valuable mental space and are distracting you from taking the next steps to achieve your most ambitious goal.
How often do you catch yourself worried about something that you had absolutely no control over? And how often do you worry about stuff without actually thinking through what you would do in the worst-case scenario?
So what if things don’t turn out the way you want them to? So what if they judge you? So what if your launch fails? The question is, what will you do about it?!
Imagine what you could accomplish if you simply acknowledged, deconstruct and addressed your fears…
You’d be able to get to the bottom of what’s been stopping you from taking action, move beyond your fears, and take more risks that could put you in a better position to dramatically change the course of your business.
3. You wait until everything is “perfect” and waste valuable time.
Let me help you put this in the proper perspective…
If you don’t look back at the first iteration of what you’ve created and feel embarrassed, you waited too long to put it out there!
The skill of knowing when good is GOOD enough is invaluable when it comes to making progress. I’m still struggling to master this one. There’s no such thing as “perfect”. If you’re truly passionate about what you do, there’s always going to be something that you want to do to make it better.
And waiting until everything is perfect will stop you from taking the action you need to get you to the next level.
So whatever you’re working on right now, make it great, then put it out there. Whether it’s your website, book or online course, stop sabotaging your business success because of obsessive nature to tweak things!
The first step to overcoming your self-sabotaging ways of thinking and being is to be aware that they exist. And if you’ve made it this far, you’re on the right track to recondition your mind for business success.
Remember, only you have the power to address these thoughts and behaviors. Don’t be the one standing in your own way on your path to achieve your biggest business dreams.
Cheers to your success,