Are you happy with where you are in life? Are you stuck on a plateau? Are you doing the same things and expecting a different result? What do you need to change to get some forward momentum? Have you looked in the mirror lately? Are you your biggest obstacle? How does that rut you're in feel? Here are some tips on getting out and getting moving:
Find some focus ... knowing some of the reasons why you got into that rut can definitely help you get back out. Start by making a list of business activities that you like to do. Let's call that List One, and it should be a piece of cake.
Now, get critical of yourself for List Two ... what are the business activities that you constantly put on the back-burner? What are you always delaying, ignoring, or hoping will go away? We'll venture a guess that some of those items on your List Two are critical to the success of your business.
What do you do about it? Review your List Two and ask yourself: "Self, what is really in my way here?" We'll venture another guess that you're bringing some mental baggage with you that makes it, oh, so easy to put off that activity.
We also bet there's an irrational fear behind it. Common fears include fear of rejection, fear of the unknown, fear of failure, and sometimes even fear of success. Whatever name you give it, it's still based in fear.
Here’s a twist on how to define FEAR: False Expectations Appearing Real. Let's break it down …
False: not true; in error; incorrect
Expectations: a looking forward to; anticipation
Appearing: to come into being; to seem
Real: existing or happening as in fact; actual; true
So, are you going to let an "incorrect anticipation seeming to exist" get in the way of your successful business results?
Your self-talk can be working against you here. All of those little reminders your parents threw at you when you were young can come back to haunt you later in life. Your brain remembers every little embarrassment from way, way back in your past. Remember when you were called, "The shy one." Or, "She always overthinks things." Do those memories really serve you now?
Name those inner demons and silence them. You have no use for them now. Imagine the life you could have without that constant barrage of negativity running inside your head!
Stop making excuses to hide behind. Look yourself square in the eye and call those demons out. Write your List One and List Two ... examine them in the light of day ... dig out that baggage and throw it in the dumpster ... conquer your FEARs ... and claim the life that you deserve!!!
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Kathy Bentz is a Support Analyst at Resource Associates Corporation. For over 30 years, RAC has specialized in helping businesses and individuals achieve high levels of excellence and success. Learn how at www.resourceassociatescorp.com or contact RAC directly at 800.799.6227. You can also follow us on Twitter, check out our Facebook page, or seek us out on LinkedIn.