We all do it. No matter how successful you are, at one time or another you’ll fall into the self-sabotage trap, and the price of admission is high.
- Your income will suffer.
- Your self-esteem will plummet.
- Your confidence will find new lows.
The end result? Frustration. Burnout. Resentment (of your clients or your business). And yes, even more self-sabotaging behaviors. This downward spiral can quickly turn devastating, but stopping it is easy when you learn to recognize the symptoms.
Procrastination is something I am guilty of myself. Sometimes it’s the fear of failure that makes me put off projects and tasks that I’ve been trying to complete. Don’t let this keep you from becoming successful. It can not only hurt your relationship with your customers/audience, but you can lose out on money!
If you’re prone to procrastination, try these techniques to put an end to it:
- Recognize your fear. What often keeps us stuck is simple fear. We’re afraid we won’t reach our goals, so we put things off. We’re afraid we’ll look bad when compared to others, so we sometimes give up. But if you want to be successful in business, you must learn to recognize and face your fears, then do the work anyway.
- Visualize the life and business you desire. Imagine what it will be like to have that amazing business you’ve been dreaming about. Picture your ideal workday, daydream about that fabulous vacation you’ll take.
- 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’s most likely to motivate you to power through your fears and take the next step.
Failing to Complete Your Projects
Be honest. How many half-written books, partially planned programs, and unfinished products are cluttering up your hard drive right now?
If you’re like a lot of entrepreneurs, the answer is probably several.
You started all of them with great enthusiasm. 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’re too busy. Maybe you “need to do some more research.” Or maybe you simply lost interest. But the truth is, none of those are the real reason. This self-sabotaging habit is actually a symptom of a lack of confidence, and it’s keeping you from the success you deserve.
Consider this: You cannot know the actual success rate of something you’ve never finished, and you cannot improve upon something you’ve never completed. So rather than filling your hard drive with half-finished projects, power through and start releasing them—even if you believe they’re not perfect, and even if you think they’ll never sell.
Not Asking For Help
How many of you try to do everything yourself? You can’t see this, but I am raising my hand right now.
In the past, I have tried to do it all on my own and it does not work. You will miss out on opportunities because you are too busy trying to do tasks that could be taken care of by hiring a virtual assistant or purchasing programs that will help you.
Sure, you will have to share some of your profit, but in the long run it will be worth the investment. If you have more time on your hands, you can focus on the big projects to bring in more business and delegate the small tasks.
Giving up control can be an adjustment, but if you can learn to let go, you will see the rewards!
What are some of the things you are doing to sabotage your business? What can you do to help the situation? Those are questions that you need to ask yourself.
Self-Sabotaging doesn’t have to ruin your business, but it will if you let it.
Share some of your self-sabotaging actions below. I would love to hear from you and chat with you in the comments!