Are you always frustrated by setbacks and failures in your business? While taking the occasional step backwards is a normal part of any career, when this becomes the rule and not the exception, it’s time to figure out why you are going in the wrong direction. For many of us, the things that get in our way are often related to things we ultimately control, whether we realize it or not. Behavioral blind spots may be to blame for your lack of progress, and it’s critical to acknowledge, address and fix these self-sabatoging problems.
Intentions, idea and plans are the bedrocks to business success, but these three components are ultimately worthless when they are not coupled with action. You may be limiting yourself, but, fortunately, corrective action is often relatively simple. Some of the most common behavioral blind spots include:
- Blame-shifting: Blaming someone else is the easiest, and often most natural, reaction to a problem. However, this does little to fix underlying issues, but instead may only divide your team and develop resent. It’s important to put the oxygen mask on yourself first, but you have to aware that you need it in the first place.
- Distraction and procrastination: It’s no secret that everyone battles distraction every day, whether it’s compulsively refreshing their email inbox or checking Facebook instead of doing, well, anything productive. Procrastination is a habit, which means with dedication and discipline, you can replace it with something much more conducive to your success. If you have a hard time meeting deadlines or doing certain tasks in a timely manner, one or both of these two mental blind spots may be to blame.
- Mixed priorities: It’s highly likely that your problem in meeting goals and reaching success has nothing to do with your actual priorities, but rather is related to how you prioritize. It’s hard to go far when you put the cart before the horse. Do the right things in the right order, prioritize and then delegate–it’s an effective combo.
Bad habits sometimes form slowly and over a long period of time, and you may not see how any of these blind spots could be the reason why you are still not where you want to end up. It’s always easier to see where others fall short, and much more difficult to be honest with ourselves regarding how we may need to improve. Regularly and honestly checking for your own behavioral blind spots is a simple and effective way to avoid unnecessary setbacks.