Have you been working on your business for what seems like forever but still find yourself struggling to reach your desired level of success? Even though you may be thinking you’re making some huge business mistakes or not working hard enough, more often than not, it’s actually limiting mindset beliefs that you need to focus on first. Or maybe you’ve been wanting to start your own business for the longest time but can’t seem to just get started. You know you want to do it but every time you tell yourself you can, another thought creeps into your head telling you why you can’t. If you’re familiar with either of those scenarios, keep reading to see the top 3 most common limiting beliefs female entrepreneurs face that are keeping them from being successful and how to overcome them.
You’re stuck in a scarcity mindset
Belief: A scarcity mindset can influence you negatively in many ways. Not only can it be associated with negative money beliefs that keep you from reaching your full potential, it can also tell you there is not enough of anything to go around, so why bother trying? It can be overwhelming to see all of the other successful business owners rocking it. Especially when you’re following a lot of influential small online business owners for inspiration and tips, it can seem like there are more than enough people out there providing helpful content already. You’re thinking there’s not enough room for you, you don’t have a chance because the field is full, and there’s not enough clients for everyone.
Solution: You need to enhance your abundance mindset. Stop thinking about everyone else’s success and focus on how YOU can provide content to help other people. There are billions of people in the world and fortunately, with the internet, you have the means to contact more people than ever before. There is more than enough money to go around in your field, you just have to believe you are worth earning it. Consider what would happen if everyone decided they wouldn’t become a doctor, because there are too many doctors out there already. See the problem? As long as you’re providing high quality content to help others, you deserve to be successful and get paid well doing it. If you’re looking to enhance your business mindset, check out this post on the top 5 books every female entrepreneur must read before starting her business.
You don’t consider yourself an expert.
Belief: You see other people giving advice and providing help and think, “There’s no way I could do that. Who would ever listen to me?” You don’t think you have anything of value to share with others, let alone anything people would actually pay for. You don’t believe you’re good at anything or have enough knowledge or skills that others would find useful. If you’re already working on your business, maybe you’re struggling to consider yourself an expert in your business because you’re lacking confidence. Trust me, your potential clients can sense this and it can be a major roadblock to reaching your full potential as a business owner.
Solution: Here’s the secret so many successful business owners know: you don’t have to know everything about a subject to be considered an expert, you just need to know a little more than someone else to be able to help them. This means you don’t need a degree, special training, or anyone’s permission to become an expert in your desired field. Even if you know less than someone else (which will always be the case btw, someone in the world will always have more knowledge on a subject than you), it is more about the way you explain something. You have the ability to convey information more effectively to your ideal client than someone else in the field who knows more, but doesn’t connect the way you do to your dream clients.
If you’re like, “Okay, got it. But I still don’t know what I’m good at.” Here’s what you can do. Get really clear on one subject that you love. Something that you love to do in your free time, something that gets you super pumped to talk about and you would love to be able to teach to others. Make a notebook filled with as much information you can find on it. A great tip is to read at least 3 books about it, watch 3 webinars, or take 3 classes, this way you’ll have different perspectives and more information to combine to form your own opinions, ideas and ways to convey it. Once you’ve done your research, it’s time to hone the information. Start reorganizing it in a format that makes sense to you and incorporate your own style in wording, tone, and even add your own information to it. It’s okay to look for inspiration from people in your field, just make sure the work is your own, don’t be a copycat. Once you make it your own, you’ll have an advantage over other experts – no one can be you and that’s what it’ll take to connect with your perfect clients.
You still believe trading time for $ will make you successful
Belief: You think, “If I just work longer hours, or devote more time to get it done, I’ll be successful faster.” You work endlessly to try and reach your goal, but still have no results, so you work even longer but now you’re discouraged and frustrated.
Solution: Just because you work hard, it doesn’t mean you’ll reach the level of success you deserve. Our society mainly focuses on trading time for money. Everyone is familiar with the American dream, the harder you work, the more hours spent devoted to an organization, the greater the chance of success is. Unfortunately, that path isn’t so relevant anymore. Even if you go to college, get a regular 9-5 and move up the corporate ladder and achieve your dream salary, there’s no guarantee that the job will be stable. Also, you’re not in control of your own schedule & raises. Doesn’t seem like the American dream to me. For business owners, the freedom of time and money are huge motivating factors. You want to leave the corporate world to achieve those factors, so why are you still spending countless hours working on your business with little to no success?
The reality is you need to work smarter, not harder. You don’t have to be stuck working endless hours working on your business, you just need the right tools and methods to simplify the process. Creating a passive income is one way to stop trading your time for money. Create a product once, set up an automated system to sell it, and free up your time in the future to work on other things. There are countless amazing programs and products available online to help you do this. Invest in yourself now to reap the benefits later & you’ll be living your dream life in no time.
Working on your mindset is a lifelong process, it can takes months just to identify limiting beliefs if they’re deep rooted. By continuing to work on personal development, you can build not only a healthy business, but a healthy mind as well, which is essential for entrepreneurship.
What do you think of these beliefs? Have you ever experienced them? If not, what beliefs do you think may be holding you back from reaching your full potential? Let me know in the comments below!