Are Self-Sabotaging Behaviours Keeping You from Earning What You Are Worth?
No matter how successful you are, at some time or other you will experience self-sabotage, and the price of it can be high.
- Your income will suffer.
- Your self-esteem will plummet.
- Your confidence will find new lows.
And the end result? Frustration. Burnout. Resentment (of your clients, your business and even your family members). And yes, even more self-sabotaging behaviours! This downward spiral can quickly become devastating, but interrupting your self-sabotage becomes easier when you learn to recognise the signs.
Procrastination – the putting it off syndrome
Did you mean to apply for that high-end growth programme but missed the deadline? Or perhaps you were going to send a proposal to a potential new client, but waited too long? Or maybe you simply waited too long to take advantage of an offer price on a fab new support service that everyone’s raving about.
These and other missed opportunities can often be blamed on simple procrastination, one of the most destructive habits we suffer from. Procrastination is what keeps us working late at night to make a deadline, costs us money in late fees, and even costs us business.
If you’re prone to procrastination, try these techniques to put an end to it:
- Recognise your fear. What often keeps us stuck is simple fear. We become afraid that even with that amazing coach we still won’t reach our goals, so we put off applying. We are afraid we’ll look bad when compared to other proposals, so we just don’t send one. But if you want to be successful in business, you must learn to recognise and face your fears, then do it anyway.
- Visualise the life and business you desire. Imagine what it will be like to have that amazing business you have been dreaming about. Picture your ideal day, daydream about that fabulous holiday you’ll take, and imagine VIP days with your ideal clients.
- Reward yourself. It’s okay to give yourself a little incentive for getting things done. Take yourself out to lunch; buy a new pair of shoes; take an afternoon off. Do what is most likely to motivate you to power through your fears and take the next step.
Failing to Complete Your Projects – Shiny New Object Syndrome?
Be honest. How many half-written books, partially planned programmes, and unfinished products are cluttering up your hard drive right now?
If you are like a lot of entrepreneurs, the answer is probably quite a few!
You started all of them with great enthusiasm, right? You planned out the modules or chapters, created the slide decks, and maybe even outlined the sales page. And then…you just stopped working on it.
Maybe you tell yourself that you are too busy. Maybe you “need to do some more research.” Or maybe you simply lost interest for the next shiny object. But the truth is, none of those are the real reason. For a lot of entrepreneurs, this self-sabotaging habit is actually a symptom of a not being good enough or worthy enough; and it is keeping you from the success you deserve.