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How to Overcome Mental Obstacles to Success

Los Silva
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March 24, 2017
mental obstacles, mindset, road block

Are you tired of devoting all your time to a business that is going nowhere?

If you’ve tried and tried to succeed and never quite get the results that you want – you could be your own biggest problem.

The mental obstacles that small businesses and entrepreneurs face on a daily basis already make it difficult to get ahead. But, your mindset could be adding to the challenges.

You could be blocking your own success.

Learn how to overcome the roadblocks that you’ve created in your head. Don’t let yourself get in your own way.

Here are the most common mental obstacles and negative mindsets that interfere with success.

 

Not Being Able to Let Go

There comes a time when you need to move on. If things are not going as planned, then you should consider focusing on something else.

Perhaps you’re still trying to get a business idea off the ground or struggling to sell a particular product. Don’t let stubbornness force you to keep trying something that doesn’t work.

If something is unfixable, spending more time on it is a waste of resources. You could even end up facing financial difficulties if you continue to try fitting a square peg in a round hole.

Trying the same thing over and over without positive results is the definition of insanity. At some point, let go and move your focus to a new project.

 

Not Being Able to Say No

You’ve probably heard this problem before – people that say yes to everything on the menu end up with more than they can chew.

Accepting everything that comes your way can increase the number of opportunities that you receive. But, you also run the risk of not being able to devote yourself to each project.

You should only have one focus at a time. If you take on too much, you’ll find yourself dividing time between multiple projects, which limits the quality of each task.

Learn to say no. If you have already accepted as much as you can, you should be able to say no to new opportunities.

By saying no at the appropriate times, you can be better prepared to handle the tasks that you say yes to.

 

Not Believing in Yourself

This next roadblock is a big one. If you don’t believe in yourself, then no one else will either.

You need to take steps to build your self-confidence. This generally comes with time and experience. But, you can jump start your self-confidence by rewarding yourself for positive results.

Every time that you complete a project on time or make a successful business decision, you should give yourself a treat. This may seem like a silly concept, but rewarding yourself can help change your outlook. The power of reward cannot be denied.

What should you reward yourself with? It’s entirely up to you. Though, the reward should be comparable to the accomplishment that you’re rewarding.

For example, you wouldn’t buy a new car for completing a single project on time. But, you might buy yourself a car if you land a multi-million-dollar contract. Think about the scope of the accomplishment and find an appropriate reward.

 

Not Realizing Your Limitations

The next mindset that limits your chances of success is not realizing your limitations. This is the opposite of the previous issue.

When you think too highly of your own skills, you are setting yourself up for failure. You need to know when to ask for help.

You will not always be the best person for the job. In order to succeed, you have to be able to delegate or outsource some of your tasks.

You should have a list of projects that need to be completed. When you’re planning to complete these projects, you need to take a close look at your own abilities. Decide which tasks are best suited for someone else to handle.

For example, you may be great at closing a sale, but terrible at finding new leads. In that situation, you would outsource or delegate the task of acquiring new sales leads.

Focus on your strengths and get help when it comes to your weaknesses.

 

Not Having the Courage to Take Risks

There are no sure bets in business. Every step that you take is a chance. But, you need to be willing to take the occasional risk.

There are certain opportunities that you’ll never get the chance to explore if you don’t have the courage to take risks.

Risk-taking can also help you build confidence – while also showing confidence. It allows people to see you as a leader and someone that takes decisive action.

You need to be able to step outside of your comfort zone. When a risky opportunity presents itself, don’t automatically reject it.

Consider the benefits of accepting the chance. Think about the possible outcomes, with a greater attention on the potential positive outcomes, instead of the negative outcomes.

If you stick to what you know works, you will miss out on certain opportunities. Success will not fall in your lap. You need to actively work at it.

 

Developing the right mindset for success requires you to take a hard look at yourself.

It’s not always easy to evaluate your own performance and actions.

The first step in overcoming a challenge is recognizing it. Take the time to think about your mental roadblocks. Ask yourself if any of these obstacles are getting in your way.

A successful business owner or entrepreneur needs to be able to let go of the things that don’t work. They also need to learn no when their plate is full.

Believing in yourself and knowing your limitations will help you learn when to ask for help and when to do it on your own. If you can overcome these mental obstacles, then you’ll be prepared to deal with the final obstacle – not being able to take risks.

You can then take the necessary steps to change your attitude. Don’t let yourself get in the way of your own success.

 

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