There are a number of themes or mental blocks that come up time and time again with the entrepreneurs I coach or talk to, no matter what stage people are at on their entrepreneurial journey.
As these mental blocks seem to come up regularly, I’m guessing you may be experiencing at least one of the right now. So, I wanted to share the ones I hear most often. The ones that seem to really stop people in their tracks, and stop them making progress in their business.
With each block there are some simple things you can try that may help you get unstuck and in motion.
It Has to Be Perfect
Perfectionism can be paralysing. I’ll be writing some more in-depth articles about perfectionism and procrastination over the coming weeks.
A lot of perfectionism starts from one of two places: 1. Self-doubt; 2. Unreachable ideals.
Both mindsets can create complete inaction. The thing is, there’s no such thing as perfection. It’s just something you’ve created in your own mind.
It’s far more important to be in action, to have completed something rather than have your perfect project or idea never see the light of day because it wasn’t ‘perfect’.
Look, it might not be exactly as you planned or look the way you envisioned, but the simple step of getting started and doing something is what matters.
That step, that completed video, that completed marketing campaign, those completed goals are what matters.
It starts with commitment and then often a big dose of courage but progress and a step in the right direction is better than perfection any day.
What Will People Think of Me
This is such a big mindset issue. One of the foundational elements of my coaching is to free entrepreneurs up from the mindset blocks they have.
Do any of these thoughts sound familiar?
“I worry that I’m good enough”
“Who am I to share this knowledge”
“I worry that I’ll be letting people down”
Now, you can either worry about what others will think and say, or you can have the courage and commitment to follow your dreams and build a business and life you love on your own terms.
You can stay on your own path or you can follow someone else’s path. One of the biggest regrets that people have is that they were not true to themselves. That they lived a life based on someone else’s terms.
As Oscar Wilde said “Be yourself, everyone else is taken.
No matter what you do, people will always have something to say. It’s up to you to decide that we know what’s best for our business and to move forward without caring what they say.
Measuring up to someone else’s ideal just causes stress anyway. Trust in your purpose and your journey.
I Don’t Have Enough Time
I hear this multiple times during every single day. You can always find the time for that matters most to you.
In its simplest terms, we all have the same 24 hours in a day and it’s up to us how we use that time. How we create our day is up to us.
To progress and grow we have to prioritise and focus, and sometimes it’s as much about saying No to things as saying Yes.
We have to make time for the things that matter most, both personally and professionally.
When it comes to running a business, there are so many things that need to get done. It’s just about being a bit smarter with where we spend our time.
It’s about simplifying the amount of things we do, rather than multiplying tasks to fill the day.
Time is never the issue. It’s where we choose to spend our time that really matters.
If you’re struggling with any of these 3 blocks, know that you aren’t alone. These are just some of the things we face during our road to success.
To help you overcome them you can find an accountability partner, join a mindset or mastermind group, join a like-minded networking group or explore working with a mentor or coach.
One method that helps people overcome these 3 mental blocks is to get absolute clarity on their goals.
Start with setting 90 Day goals, laying out 5 things you want to achieve in the next 90 Days and setting specific measurements e.g. earn $5,000 that will help you benchmark your success.
If you’d like more information check out my article, 8 Ways Highly Successful People Set and Achieve Their Goals
About The Author
Mark Pettit helps successful entrepreneurs overcome the mental blocks that hold them back in their business. He helps them become more focused and productive so they can expand their freedom, multiply their productivity and hit their goals faster.
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