Have you achieved your goals over the last few years?
Do you feel that, by your own standards (and no one else's), that you're “successful?”
If not, there's a high probability that at the end of the day, you're holding yourself back.
Your own mind can become a prison.
If you struggle with a mood disorder — as a lot of bright and talented entrepreneurs do — you understand this all too well.
Attitudes and mindsets can hold you back from reaching your full potential.
Usually, this involves beliefs and cognitive patterns that direct negativity toward yourself.
Self-doubt holds you back. Period.
And that's one of the hardest challenges to surmount, because it's all too easy to go too far in the other direction.
Narcissism and ego inflation can hold you back, too.
A recent article from Entrepreneur explains how mental habits can become a ball and chain, unless you become self-aware about them.
Quit doubting yourself.
Confidence plays a huge role in success.
Hewlett-Packard conducted an interesting study whereby they analyzed the process through which people applied for promotions at the company.
Women, it turned out, only applied when they met 100 percent of the criteria for the job they wanted, while men applied when they met 60 percent of the criteria.
The researchers postulated that one of the (many) reasons men dominated the upper echelons of the company is that they were willing to try for more positions than females.
Sometimes confidence is all it takes to reach that next level.
The trick is, you have to believe it. If you doubt yourself, it won’t work.
Faking confidence just doesn’t produce the same results.
Quit putting things off.
Change is hard. Self-improvement is hard.
Scrounging up the guts to go for what you want is hard, and so is the work to make it happen.
When things are hard, it’s always easier to decide to tackle them tomorrow.
The problem is that tomorrow never comes.
Saying you’ll do it tomorrow is just an excuse, and it means that either you don’t really want to do it or that you want the results without the hard work that comes along with it.
Quit saying “yes.”
Every “yes” you utter is a tradeoff.
By saying “yes” to one thing, you’re saying “no” to something else.
Saying “yes” to staying late at work, for example, might mean saying “no” to the gym or to time spent with your family.
Research conducted at the University of California, San Francisco, showed that the more difficulty you have saying “no,” the more likely you are to experience stress, burnout and even depression.
Saying “no” is indeed a major challenge for many people. No is a powerful word that you should not be afraid to wield.
When it’s time to say “no,” avoid phrases such as I don’t think I can or I’m not certain.
Saying “no” to a new commitment honors your existing commitments and gives you the opportunity to successfully fulfill them.
When you learn to say “no,” you free yourself from unnecessary constraints and free up your time and energy for the important things in life.
You can read about other habits and mindsets that hold you back over at Entrepreneur.