Success as an entrepreneur depends on much more than a good idea and a desire to make money. In fact, you may find that despite your best physical effort, you are still short of your goals and failing to meet your objectives for your business. Your problem may not be for lack of trying or any other tangible factor, but rather, it could be your mentality that is keeping you from moving toward your goals. In your case, a simple change in perspective and a bit of self-awareness could serve as an effective “fix” to some of the issues you find yourself facing. Are you sabotaging yourself with any of the following mindsets?
- Passion-driven. It is a very good thing to have passion for your business and your goals, but there are times that this could be a problem if your passion never allows you to see your mistakes, observe shortcomings and make necessary adjustments. If your passion is blinding you to serious problems, that’s a sign that your passion is actually a hinderance to your success.
- Very independent. If you were not independent to at least a small degree, chances are you would not have chosen to become an entrepreneur. While independence can be a strength, it can also be a hinderance if it keeps you from seeking help when needed. You do not know everything about everything, and it is a good thing to trust the guidance of other professionals when it comes to things like building a website, marketing, product strategy and more.
- Too positive. Having a positive mentality is a great thing when you are chasing down the dream of owing your own business. However, this should not blind you to the need to change, adjust and move on when things don’t go as planned. A positive attitude is wonderful, but it is best to balance it with a realism that allows you to recognize problems and address them appropriately in a timely manner.
Confidence in your vision and a strong mindset are crucial components to success as an entrepreneur, but when left unchecked, even good things can have a negative effect on your business. If there is something missing or you feel like something is holding you back, start with an honest evaluation of your business mentality and the potential “blinders” you may be wearing—if it’s not helping you move forward, it’s a hinderance. Don’t self-sabatoge—evaluate, adjust and keep pushing for success.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC