5 Ways for Women Entrepreneurs to Defeat Self-Sabotage in Business
Have you found that you always seem to get to a certain level of success in your business but then somehow get stuck or stagnant before losing momentum? Then you’re in the dumps for a while before you get going again, only to get stuck just a few months later. It becomes a vicious cycle of success and self-sabotage.
So how do you create momentum and not sabotage yourself?
1. Build Your Belief & Self Esteem
I’d venture to say this is the most important thing you can do to create alignment in your life. Your belief in yourself will continually be challenged, especially at new levels of success and on the precipice of even greater success. Here are a few ways you can build your belief:
– Revisit past victories to boost your confidence
– Remove naysayers and negative people from your life
– Read success stories about others for motivation
– Revise what you say to yourself and eliminate negative self-talk
2. Be Proactive Against Procrastination
Procrastination is sneaky. It shows up looking like “real work” that we just have to get done. It disguises itself as important tasks when it’s really just busy work. In order to overcome procrastination you have to stay focused on the most important tasks and prioritize.
– Make a “To-Done” List with your top 3 tasks and dig in.
– Give yourself deadlines and share them with an accountability partner.
– Stay off of social media (and even turn the computer off if you have to) and do some things the good ole’ fashioned way without electronics (i.e. paper and pen).
3. Write Out Your Dream/Goals/Vision
Keep your dreams, vision and goals in front of you by writing them down. Use pictures to help you visualize where you want to go. Seeing the vision before you will give you some motivation to do what it takes to attain it.
Virtually every “success guru” or personal development teacher I’ve ever studied teaches this in some form. They encourage using writing as a cathartic tool and a catalyst for action.You can do the same.
4. Get a Good Mentor and Be Accountable
Trying to do everything alone is tough. Whether it’s someone you know personally or are studying from afar (books, courses, etc.), having someone to model the path you are wanting to take is vital to your success.
The important thing is to have a process of success to model. If you know the mentor personally, they can hold you accountable for your tasks, milestones, goals and objectives. If you don’t know them personally, partner with someone to keep you accountable. Joining a mentorship program with someone with proven success would be a smart investment.
5. Focus on Taking One Step at a Time
Having vision and being able to see the whole picture is one thing. However, when it comes to daily execution, try to focus on one step at a time. Break big tasks up so you are not overwhelmed by mammoth projects.
Sidenote: Don’t be afraid to outsource and delegate.
This type of focus also helps eliminate procrastination. It’s a great way to conquer overwhelm that leads to self-sabotage.