No matter how accomplished you are in your field, it’s likely you may have encountered moments of doubt about your skills, strengths or even potential. In those moments you may have had to dig deep to keep yourself from throwing in the towel or missing great opportunities that came your way.
How do you get rid of limiting beliefs that slow down or hinder your business growth? Here are 4 ways to consider.
1. Master Your Inner Game
The mind is a battlefield of desire versus will-power. What we desire may not always be what benefits us the most at particular points in time. We may desire more sleep, more time-off or more time on social media but those have no bearing on productivity, business growth or profits. As a business owner, it’s important to consciously use the power of will to master your inner game and focus on what will accelerate business growth and the actions you need to take to make it happen.
2. Who Are You Talking to? Who’s Talking to You? And What Are You Talking About?
One potent contributor to limiting beliefs is listening to external opinions that do not add value to your success. Good advice that contributes to improving your personal impact and growing your business comes from experienced colleagues who share your value for progress and have the same mindset for success. Consciously select who gives you business advice or who mentors you for success. Chose a network of like-minded or more accomplished business owners who will challenge your limiting beliefs and inspire you to up-level. Whoever influences your thoughts influences your outcomes.
3. Be Mindful of Your Thoughts and Inner Monologue
Mindfulness is the act of paying more attention to the present moment and being intentional about thoughts, feelings, words and actions irrespective of circumstances. Negative thoughts and self-talk perpetuate failure and have the potential to derail your business goals and dreams. The idea behind mindfulness is to be consciously alert and to focus on creating more positive than negative results. Being positive does not mean that you never come up against challenges. But it does mean that when you do come up against them, your arsenal of positive beliefs includes the knowledge that you have the capability to achieve better results.
4. Stop Comparing Yourself With Other Business Owners
In the world of business, the word “competitor” is used to describe those in the same industry or sector who are offering the market a similar product or service. As much as market research is important to gain a better understanding of how best to serve your target market, there is a danger of getting sucked into comparison instead of adding value. Get clear on your business goals, your vision and the value you want to add to your clients and potential clients, then give your undivided attention to adding value to those clients and not trying to “look better” than the next business. Instead of competing, focus on innovating so you have the edge that attracts your ideal clients.
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