Whether you're starting a business or trying to boost your own profile, there's one thing that can hold you back; your mind.
When it comes down to it, you are the only thing standing in your way when it comes to success. All too often, people find that they run into mental blocks. These things stop us from reaching our full potential and being the person we were meant to be. If that sounds all too familiar to you, take a look at these.
1. The belief that you don't have enough time in the day
No matter what you may believe, everyone has the same 24 hours every single day. It's what you choose to do with those hours that really counts. Now, let's say that you have 16-17 waking hours per day and you work for maybe eight of them. Do you realize how much time you have left over?
You have more than the same amount of time again in which to do something brilliant. Sometimes, people make the mistake of thinking that they don't have time when that is not the case. In fact, it would be more accurate to say that they don't want to spend time on a specific task. That's a whole different ball game.
2. The fear of failure
This is perhaps the biggest mental block that any of us have to deal with on a daily basis. When you fear your own failure, it can paralyze you in an instant. There is nothing worse than foretelling your own future and assuming that you will not reach your goals. While start-ups only have an 18% chance of succeeding, you have to believe that yours will.
Some people are natural pessimists and that is the very thing that holds them back. While you should never have blind faith in things, you need to ensure that you are as open-minded as you can be. That is to say that you need to put failure out of your mind and focus on the here and now.
3. Making snap decisions
When it comes to the world of business, you need to make sure that your decisions are based on something. That thing should be data, research, and insider knowledge. While going with your gut may feel like the right path for you, it will never end well. You can only learn from the facts as they are laid out in front of you.
That means that you need to access every situation as it comes and see what the right course of action is. Once you've done so, you can make an informed choice. Decision making is never an easy feat, but you can master this art.
4. Lack of focus
What are you focusing on right now? Do you have a game plan? Are there a set of goals in your mind? Sometimes, even the most motivated of people can lack the basic ingredients for success.
You need to find ways in which you can motivate yourself on a daily basis and work toward something that is truly tangible. When you lose sight of your aspirations, it's only a short time before you lose your way in the world. Keep a keen view of what it is that you want and you will go far.
5. Thinking inside the box
While you do need to take things one step (or one task) at a time, you need to make sure that you also see the big picture. Some people suffer from thinking too small when it comes to the wonderful world of business. That in itself is a huge mistake. The sky is quite literally the limit. You need to think like that or you will come up short. When it comes to planning for your business, you need to think on a grand scale. Where can you see this going in five years? How about ten? If you have no future goals, you have no future.
6. The details hold you back
When you try to micromanage every aspect of your business, you will run into a number of problems. Think about it, there is nothing worse than bogging yourself down in all the minor details. Doing so will slow down the creative process and means that you will never reach your full potential. If you are a perfectionist, you will often find that this is the hardest thing to get right. Trust the people below you; they know what they are doing.
Now, you need to focus on the important things within your business.
About the Author
I am a regular writer for Forbes, Inc., Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Media (among others), as well as CEO and Chairman of Alumnify Inc. Proud alum from 500 Startups and The University of San Diego. Follow me on Twitter @ajalumnify