Entrepreneurs are incredibly passionate, driven individuals. They birth great ideas and sometimes turn those ideas into great companies. Other times, though, things don’t go as planned and once-passionate business owners end up frustrated and depressed.
Mental barriers can contribute to an entrepreneur lack of success—here are a few.
“A lot of people don’t think they deserve success,” says Dr. Brett Denkin, psychologist, consultant and coach, based in Westport, Connecticut. “They don’t think they can have happiness.”
Fear of losing face
“A lot of us won’t do something for fear of looking bad,” says T. Dan Nichols, a business expert based in Royal Oak, Michigan, and author of Getting Unstuck. “Our culture demands poise. The degree to which we are willing to risk looking bad is in direct proportion to our success.
“As an entrepreneur, you have to be willing to step on the platform. People may not like what you have to offer, but you have to be willing to not care and give up that control.”
“When you are too self absorbed, you may not be getting the appropriate feedback about your business,” says Denkin. “In order to be successful, you need to be flexible and make changes along the way. If everything is about you, you will end up alienating a lot of people.”
Fear of not enough
“A lot of entrepreneurs think that they always need one more thing to succeed,” Nichols says. “The truth is—you will never have everything you need. One more thing is not going to make the difference. Just go for it.”
“It is important to unhook from taking things too personally,” recommends Denkin. “Look at your behavior.”
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“This is when we don’t believe we are, so we don’t think we can,” Nichols says. “We worry that someone will call us a fraud, so we don’t move forward. There comes a point where you have to own it.”
Do these barriers sound familiar to you?
If so, here are a few ways to break through them.
“Set up an environment that will help you succeed,” Nichols says. “For example, I work from home and it can be easy for me to waste time, so sometimes I will bring my laptop into a different part of the house. Surprisingly, that will help me work more efficiently. The change of scenery can be a big help.”
Be nice to yourself
“Being good to yourself is incredibly difficult, but it is really important in business,” Nichols says. “Work on this every day.”
“Join groups of people that will help you push on,” he says. “When you tell others what you are going to do, it raises the consciousness of your goal and the stakes for you to succeed.”
Surround yourself with positive people
“Be around people who lift you up—it can really help,” Nichols says.