There is much talk about the top 2% of successful entrepreneurs. I believe many of the top 2% are in the right place, the right time and in the right position when their success comes.
I think this because someone else can take the exact same formula a successful entrepreneur used (there are plenty of their e-Books out there) and perform the exact same steps that person took and fail miserably. I know…I’ve done it. And I wondered many times ‘why’?
If the formulas work, then what is holding us back to that success? We have to understand it, rationalize it and fix it so we can be successful too. Here are some of the things I think hold us back based on my own personal experiences. Maybe you’ve experienced these things too.
Are You Afraid of Success?
Sometimes I wonder if I’m afraid of success? I feel this way at times when I’m tired of working so hard. I wonder if when I get to that success, how much harder will I need to work? Will it get better or busier?
In order to maintain, we’ve got to keep it going. We work hard to spend more time with our families, to not have to worry about money, to go on vacation or whatever our goals are, but then don’t we have to work just as hard to maintain it? Sometimes I feel that success requires even more work and when I think about it, it makes me afraid.
For instance, as a blogger, blogging requires a lot of time, energy, brain power, and consistency to completely be successful and few of us make a minimum amount to financially sustain us. Fear of success can hold you back if you worry about how hard it’s going to be when you succeed.
What To Do: Take a course on Motivation, Success. Practice Positive Thinking. Get a Life Coach. Get an Accountability Partner. Talk it out with a friend. Anything that can help you recognize your fear and establish steps to correct it. Fear is all in our mind and we can control it and move on with the right help.
Do We Have The Time?
Many of us don’t reach the high level success of some of the major internet marketer players or major successful bloggers because we may not have the time.
We may work a regular 9 to 5. We may have small children and families to care for. We may have very little time to devote to our
business so we may get a small return. We may not have enough money to hire someone to ghost write for us.
Sometimes, with all of the ‘life’ stuff we get burnt out and run out of motivation. What I’ve seen is that we run out of motivation ’cause all the ‘life’ stuff gets in the way and we get burnt out.
I know about this one too. Seems like there’s so much to do and not enough time and energy to do it all in.
What To Do: Establish a schedule and stick to it. If you can’t work 5 days a week, find the right time for you. I recently did a guest posts for Adrienne Smith called Effective Consistency. It will help you understand what needs to be done to establish a pattern of regular consistency to help us with time management.
Lack of Confidence in Yourself.
Just recently I visited a doctor, actually it was an appointment for myself. I had earlier visited his website and saw that he was receiving no traffic to his website and we discussed it.
Long story short, I gave him a synopsis of what he should do, Twitter, Blogging, Promoting, etc. and I presented that I could teach him how to do
it or do it for him. He gave me the job and asked for the quote by email.
I haven’t sent it to him yet! Why? Well I had to figure that out and eventually I put it down to lack of confidence in myself. Could I help him get his Twitter account going? Did I have enough time to write additional posts and do his blogging for his business? Could I build up his following on Facebook and get him out in social media?
Well, the answer was Yes, I could do all that, but what if I didn’t succeed? I asked myself that question over and over again. Here I presented a
proposal which was accepted, then I was afraid to move on it.
What To Do:
Nothing to do but get over it. After about 3 months of inactivity, I finally contacted him and started working for him slowly, but it was really hard to get past my own fear of success. Wow! Enlightening to me. I wonder how many others of us have the same problem?
How to get over it? Just do it! It will succeed or fail. If it succeeds then you get paid and referrals AND you find the confidence in yourself to do it again, and again. You gain more confidence with each job.
Get help if you need it. Talk to a coach, a mentor, a psychologist or spiritualist. Anyone who can help you overcome that fear within us.
Resisting New Technology or Proven Methods of Success
Many of us resist new methods or new tools as we are uncomfortable with the ‘new’ and impatient with the necessary learning curve required to make it work.
Some things are simple, but most take some level of expertise in order to be successful.
I resist making videos and there are statistics that note that we get more views and interaction on our blogs if we use videos.
My problem is every time I start talking, I forget everything I was going to say, I don’t like the way I look on a video, I have to learn the new video software…anything; any excuse I can use to ‘not’ do the video. I know I’ve got to get over that.
Bottom line here is we have to stay current with the latest trends, technologies, social networks and other tools that can help us be successful.
What To Do: Take the time to learn a few technologies at a time. Don’t overstress in that we have to learn everything right away. Right, now I’m working on learning a new video tool.
It seems easier than others. I’m taking it slow and each night learning a little more about it. I’m also working on my patience so I don’t get
frustrated with the tool before I become proficient at it. I practice, practice, practice and am slowing getting it.
Evaluate what is keeping you from learning a new tool or resisting working on it and get someone to help you in those areas.
So these are four things that may be holding you back as well. Admittance is half the battle, then we can begin the corrections and the work required to get to our success?
Have you asked yourself this question before? What is holding you back from success? Have you evaluated your success and if there is anything that you can do better? Have you recognized any of these things for yourself? Would love to hear your experiences.
Much love and inspiration to all.