5 Fears That Hold You Back and Why

5 Fears That Hold You Back and Why

Do you have fears that hold you back from trying new things that may improve your life either personally or professionally? Well it is NOT uncommon for you or anybody else to experience the feeling of anxiety once you’ve left your comfort zone to try something new! We all have certain self-doubts that inhibit our abilities to take action in particular areas and being paralyzed by fear in this way will keep you from experiencing a fuller life! The first step in overcoming fears like these is to recognized what they are and why they keep us from taking action!

Here are 5 very common fears that can and will limit the amount of success and happiness you can experience in your life and why they do so…

Success

Being successful at anything usually takes hard work and dedication but even this does NOT guarantee success will be yours! Another thing to consider is that once you’ve achieved any measure of success, expectations of YOU will increase and this can therefore apply more pressure to many people due to higher expectations of them! Success also tends to ‘push’ people closer to the limelight and although this type attention is commonly desired, some people place a high value on their privacy and may find the attention invasive! The above scenarios all point to the discomfort associated with being removed from your comfort zone and having to adjust to newer and higher standards!

Failure

The ‘flip-side’ of success is of course failure and many are understandably paralyzed by fear that if they attempt anything new they will fail! For starters failing to achieve your goals, whatever they may be, is a humbling experience! The realization that despite your efforts yours goals were not reached is a wake-up call to not only your ego but also the fact that you may have over-reached your potential requiring you to lower your own expectations, ouch! Possibly the biggest reason we all fear failure is the embarrassment associated with others being aware of your less than successful efforts thereby diminishing your sense of worth! In this case many may feel it is better NOT to try than to try and fail!

Commitment

Many have a fear of commitment due to what they may feel is a loss of their ‘current’ freedom by taking on new long-term responsibilities! Some people feel they just don’t have anymore room in their lives for additional responsibilities while others simply feel this commitment will keep them from pursuing other opportunities that may present themselves! These people just want to keep their ‘options’ open in hopes better things still await them! Dreamers like this will typically always try to avoid committing to anything including any associated responsibilities!

Change

For many, no matter what the current status of their lives may be, the fact remains that they are familiar with what to expect! Being in your comfort zone does NOT always mean you’re doing well but rather you are ‘settled’ in your current existence and have learned to make do with it! Change is often good although sometimes it may not be, but the fact is change can be very unpredictable and who wants to deal with that?

Death/Injury

This particular fear is simple to understand, it’s called self-preservation and most every living mammal or otherwise possesses this instinct! Only extreme thrill seekers will intentionally put themselves in harms way just for the sake of the experience and/or adrenaline rush! Most people would literally be paralyzed by fear when facing situations, intentionally or otherwise, that could lead to injury or death! Actually this is a very healthy fear to have and is one that I too possess!

Having fears that hold you back in any part of your life can typically be attributed to you venturing from your comfort zone! In many cases, fearing change like we just referred to above, can easily be overcome, but when you’re paralyzed by fear or the feeling of anxiety, obviously the issues behind these fears are more deeply rooted! By identifying what is holding you back and understanding the reasons why, you’re in a much better position to take the necessary corrective actions as we discussed above! Look, life is to be enjoyed and fully experienced, but remaining on the sidelines due to your doubts or fears will only limit the amount of success and joy you ‘allow’ into your life! Take action now and get the hell out of your comfort zone so you can fully participate in the life you have been given!

5 Mistakes Holding You Back From Being More Productive

5 Mistakes Holding You Back From Being More Productive

Are you aware your efforts to work hard may be holding you back from being more productive with your work day than you already are? That’s true! When you take the time to plan your day, as I’m sure you do, your mind should be on accomplishing the most important tasks and/or issues needing your attention! Perhaps however your focus on ‘grinding it out ‘ to get more done is hindering your efforts to accomplish more?

Here are 5 common YET noble mistakes many make, self included, that tend to holds us back from being more productive at work…

Overzealous To-Do List

When you plan your day be realistic with your expectations about what you have scheduled! It’s one thing to be ambitious however if you set goals that are out of your reach, aren’t you just wasting your time? When scheduling your work day it is wise to considered the time you have along with your own capabilities to actually complete everything on your list! Sure you think by overloading your work day schedule will help you get more done however having a huge list can also be a distraction that leads to frustration! How would you feel if you hardly completed a full list of scheduled priorities, pretty frustrated I’ll bet! Well this ‘continued’ frustration can easily lead to something worse such as you giving up, do you want that? Essentially you are setting yourself up for failure when you overload your day with too much to do!

Not Scheduling Breaks

Although breaks may seem, at least on the surface, to be non-productive, this could NOT be further from the truth! Understandably we don’t associate being more productive with planning breaks for ourselves but we can NOT expect to be at our best without taking occasional breaks to at least give our minds and eyes a rest! Why do you think people sleep every night, for lack of nothing better to do?

Sucking It Up

Working through breaks or skipping meals just to get more done is NOT a good idea although it is admirable because more mistakes are made due to both mental and physical fatigue. Think about this in terms of stock car racing in which the main intention of any racing team is focused on sticking to a schedule of ‘preventive’ stops for the car so it will continue to operate smoothly! These crew members want to avoid surprises and also want to be sure their vehicles are equipped and fueled so they will finish STRONG! Additionally, being hungry or tired can also promote a bit of haste to finish what you’re doing so you can satisfy your needs and this can also open the door to making mistakes! When hungry, eat, when tired, rest…pretty simple!

Multitasking

If you want to get the job done right than you need to focus on what you’re doing or your results will suffer and your use of time will not be efficient! Multi-tasking although it does make you feel much busier, is NOT the recommended course to take if being more productive is your ultimate goal! Switching back and forth between tasks not only disrupts your focus but it also wastes time! Tasks take longer to complete and surprise surprise, due to your fractured focus, mistakes tend to occur!

Perfection

Trying to be perfect is another admirable trait however it is NOT very realistic to always expect perfection! In fact always trying to get things to be ‘just so’ is a tremendous time suck that can literally drive you crazy! If you are serious about being more productive with your time than learn to accept results that are good enough to get the job done and forget trying to get perfect results! You’re only fooling and frustrating yourself……….

Are your own admirable work ethics holding you back from being more productive with your work day? As we explored above, even as you plan your day you ‘may’ be sabotaging your efforts to get more done simply by overlooking your primary source of productivity, YOU ! By overworking and under appreciating your own time and efforts, you may limit your ability to get more done due to your nitpicking and unrealistic expectations that will NOT get you to where you want to be! Work smarter!

How to Focus Better in 5 Simple Steps

How to Focus Better in 5 Simple Steps

To be consistently productive you must first learn how to focus better on each task you face to minimize or eliminate any time wasted! Maintaining your focus and concentration also helps improve the quality of your efforts because the more you pay attention to what you’re doing the less chance you have of making mistakes! What we’re discussing here today is what YOU can do to strengthen your focusing abilities so that you can plan your day effectively to get more done!

Here are 5 simple steps you can follow to boost your focus and concentration as well as your productivity when preparing to tackle any tasks or any day!

Calm Yourself

You can NOT expect to be very productive with your time when your mind is under the influence of your emotions! The first order of business when trying to improve your focus and concentration is to clear your head of anything other than the task at hand! Emotions, as subtle as they may sometimes be, can dramatically effect your ability to train your thoughts on just one thing! It is common for humans to be emotional about many things, good news, bad news or even just feeling overwhelmed by having so much to do! Lingering emotions like these however will only serve to undermine your efforts/abilities to concentrate or to even think rationally, so calm yourself down beforehand!

Prioritize

Want to be really productive? Always plan your day in advance so you can determine and prioritize what you need to get done! Planning in advance like this not only helps you target, in advance, those things most important to you or your business, but it also allows you to ‘hit the floor running’ when the new day starts! Upon awakening you’ll already know what your priorities are and as you prepare to start the day, you’ll also be thinking about the best way(s) to complete the tasks you’ve scheduled!

Avoid Distractions

Trying to get more done while checking email, surfing the web, watching television or engaging in social media amongst other things, does NOT work! Distractions like these will only waste your time and literally destroy any focus and concentration you’re attempting to muster up to make yourself more productive! There will always be time for these things but NOT when you have tasks of greater importance that require your attention!

Get Comfortable

Don’t stand if sitting is more comfortable and position yourself away from high traffic areas that may be too distracting! Remember, you’re trying to focus on priorities and NOT fussing with your location or position so that you are comfortable! This is something you can do in advance such as when you plan your day! Obviously the more comfortable you are, short of lying down, the more productive you’ll tend to be because even the slightest discomfort can distract you from things of higher importance!

Take Breaks to Recharge

Focusing intently for an extended period of time can be both physically and mentally exhausting so ‘reward’ yourself with periodic breaks! Talk to anybody who works on a computer or some other seemingly ‘mundane’ task and they will tell you, trying to maintain your focus and concentration can stress your mind as well as your eyesight! Be sure to take regular breaks to stretch, rest your eyes and even gain a new perspective on what it is you’re undertaking! Much like a computer you’re simply rebooting to help maintain your productivity!

Learning how to focus better is the FIRST step you need to take in order to get more done with each and every day! Your focus and concentration are vitally important when it comes to doing more while committing fewer mistakes and the 5 steps discussed above serve to strengthen these critical abilities! Remember, as you plan your day you only have so many hours to work with so it only makes sense to take the suggested steps above so that your day is productive and NOT one full of frustrations and regrets!

The Best Traits of an Entrepreneur Start with Grit

The Best Traits of an Entrepreneur Start with Grit

When speaking of the best traits of an entrepreneur we’re not talking about their intelligence, personality or intuitiveness but rather their grit! There’s little doubt these people are willing to work, but it is the way in which they approach their work that we’re discussing here today! Successful entrepreneurs typically have a firm understanding of their personal strengths and weaknesses which allows them to concentrate on what they’re are good at so they can better focus on goals they’ve set! These people often times ‘hack’ their way to success by using their strong focus and vision to guide and inspire them along the way!

Following below are 3 ‘gritty’ traits that help propel aspiring entrepreneurs to reach their goals and experience success! Do you have any of them?

Embrace Your Strengths & Respect Your Weaknesses

Knowing your own personal strengths and weaknesses is a great ‘starting’ point for anybody looking to start and/or run a small business! The last thing you want to do is to waste your valuable time on things of which you have little knowledge or expertise! This also leads to many mistakes being understandably made which take time to fix and subsequently opens the door to self-doubt and frustration! Nothing will diminish your confidence and motivation more than doubting yourself amid the frustrations of correcting needless errors!

Hard Working

We all have heard countless stories of people reaching great levels of success as entrepreneurs but this didn’t happen by accident! These people much like yourself are willing to work to achieve their goals and this is the foundation upon which many successful businesses have been built! Now there are many ways to cut down on your work-load such as automation or out-sourcing, but make no mistake, if you are NOT willing to work, success will likely NEVER be yours! Escaping the 9-5 workforce by going into business on your own does NOT mean the path will be easy, the hours shorter or the sacrifices fewer! On the other hand, your ultimate reward will be taking control of your financial future, so the hours you invest and the sacrifices you make will be worth it!

Pocket Your Pride and Ask for Help

A network saves legwork and is one the best ways to further your education or to simply ‘hack’ your way through a problem! The savvy entrepreneur understands that they should NEVER be too proud to ask for help! Reaching out to others when looking for help not only gets you the assistance you need, but it also typically connects you with like-minded with whom you can share thoughts and ideas! Although you may be in business by yourself, this should never prevent you from establishing and maintaining a network of folks you can call upon for tips, tricks and advice!

Grit is one of the best traits of an entrepreneur in terms of how they primarily focus on goals and do what it takes to reach them! By first assessing their own personal strengths and weaknesses these people are able to plan their course of action according to their particular areas of expertise! Although they are willing to work to get what they want these entrepreneurs are also aware of their own weaknesses which helps them avoid doing the things that slow them down or hold them back! As discussed above the ‘gritty’ entrepreneur also knows when to reach out and ask for help and is NOT afraid to do so! Having the grit to roll up your sleeves and get to work is essential to aspiring entrepreneur but just as important is knowing your weaknesses so they DON’T sabotage your efforts along the way!

5 Challenges All Small Business Owners Must Overcome!

5 Challenges All Small Business Owners Must Overcome!

On the surface small business owners seem to have it made considering in many cases, they are working alone! Oh course the initial assumption understandably is, when working alone, you have nobody pushing, pressuring or pissing you off, thereby ruining an otherwise peaceful day! Time to get real however since solopreneurs, like the ones described above, have many challenges standing between them and their aspirations for small business success! Subtle as these challenges may be however, unless you’re willing to work to overcome them, even just one, could easily be the cause of any business failure!

For anybody working alone in their own business here are 5 areas of concern they must address if they plan on being successful…

Work Overload

When you are the ‘owner operator’ of any business you must be willing to work since you can’t rely upon the help of others! This ‘willingness’ however can grow a bit weary over time, especially if the results from the efforts you’ve invested are slow in coming! Either fatigue or frustration or both is all you need to ‘dampen’ or even extinguish the competitive fires within you causing you to lose your drive and relinquish your dreams!

Anxiety

When working alone self-doubt can often times be your worst enemy but this is something that ‘comes with the territory’ when working as a solopreneur! Without feedback or encouragement from others minor problems can easily bloom into a full blown catastrophe and the next thing you know, rationale thinking goes out the window! Anxiety can not only keep you from enjoying the small business success you seek but it can and will ruin your life if left unchecked!

Stress

Both the mental and physical capabilities of anyone who works alone are under constant demand which leads to exhaustion in both cases! Once again without the support or even the simple camaraderie associated with having others around , any stress be it physical or mental, has the tendency to grow disproportionately! There are many dangers signs here that threaten not only your small business success but even more importantly, your overall health! Remember, stress can kill so steps need to be taken by solopreneurs to avoid long periods of isolation! Spend more time with family and friends to help keep you grounded, you’ll be glad you did!

Motivation

When you are motivated both your focus and your efforts tend to be very strong which is why most entrepreneurs need to be self driven! Now there are many reasons that may motivate someone, some may be internal, which is a strong source, while others may be more external, much like the encouragement you get from others! It is external sources of motivation most solopreneurs lack thereby putting them at a bit of a disadvantage UNLESS they identify other sources from which they can draw their motivation! Simply remember you MUST be willing to work at keeping your ‘drive’ alive because the success you seek will slip away otherwise!

Education

Keeping yourself up to date with current news and developments is challenging enough for any online entrepreneur but for solopreneurs, this challenge can be greater! With so much to do and so little time to do it, it becomes very easy to put your own self-education on hold, or worse, shelve it completely! Maintaining your ongoing education is critical for any online business primarily because things change so fast on the internet and in the blink of an eye you can find yourself far behind the competition!

Although small business owners appear to have it made because they are working alone with no one bossing them around, they do face unique challenges! The fact is that solopreneurs like those described above must be willing to work through certain fundamental challenges that confront them each and every day! These challenges, issues and/or concerns, as discussed above are simple enough but do, however, become particularly daunting to anybody working alone! The point is without the constant support, feedback or encouragement of others, which most solopreneurs tend to lack, small business success will evade them!