Self-Sabotaging Behaviors That Impact your Income
We all do it. No matter how successful you are, at one time or another you’ll fall into the self-sabotage trap, and the price of admission is high. I know, I am actually quite brilliant at self-sabotage. The impact of self-sabotage on your business is high too:
• Your income will suffer.
• Your self-esteem will plummet.
• Your confidence will find new lows.
The end result? Frustration. Burnout. Resentment (of your clients or your business). And yes, even more self-sabotaging behaviors.
This downward spiral can quickly turn devastating, but stopping it is easy when you learn to recognize the symptoms.
Did you mean to apply for that high-end coaching program but missed the deadline?
Or maybe you were going to send a proposal to a potential new client, but waited too long?
Or maybe you simply waited too long to take advantage of a sale price on a hot new app that everyone’s raving about.
These and other missed opportunities can often be blamed on simple procrastination, one of the most destructive habits we suffer from. Procrastination is what keeps us working late at night to make a deadline, costs us money in late fees (ugh, this sucks), and even costs us business.
If you’re prone to procrastination, try these techniques to put an end to it:
• Recognize your fear. What often keeps us stuck is simple fear. We’re afraid that even with that amazing coach we still won’t reach our goals, so we put off applying. We’re afraid we’ll look bad when compared to other proposals, so we just don’t send one. But if you want to be successful in business, you must learn to recognize and face your fears, then do the work anyway.
• Visualize the life and business you desire. Imagine what it will be like to have that amazing business you’ve been dreaming about. Picture your ideal workday, daydream about that fabulous vacation you’ll take, and imagine VIP days with your ideal client.
• Reward yourself. It’s okay to give yourself a little incentive for getting things done. Take yourself out to lunch; buy a new pair of shoes; take an afternoon off. Do what’s most likely to motivate you to power through your fears and take the next step.
Failing to Complete Your Projects
Be honest. How many half-written books, partially planned programs, and unfinished products are cluttering up your hard drive right now?
Giggle. I know, it’s a lot right? I was just sharing with Brad that it’s time to clear out the old ideas that I will never complete, my business has evolved dramatically and yet, I still allow partial projects to clutter my hard drive and my head.
You started all of them with great enthusiasm. You planned out the modules or chapters, created the slide decks, and maybe even outlined the sales page. And then…you just stopped working on it.
Maybe you tell yourself that you’re too busy. Maybe you “need to do some more research.” Or maybe you simply lost interest. But the truth is, none of those are the real reason.
For a lot of creatives, this self-sabotaging habit is actually a symptom of a lack of confidence, and it’s keeping you from the success you deserve.
Consider this: You cannot know the actual success rate of a program you’ve never finished, and you cannot improve upon something you’ve never completed. So rather than filling your hard drive with half-finished projects, power through and start releasing them—even if you believe they’re not perfect, and even if you think they’ll never sell.
I could go on an on here about how perfectionism is the biggest inhibitor to your business success but instead I will just share one of my favorite mantras I say to my clients over and over: “It’s more important to get it going than get it right.” Don’t let perfectionism stop you!
Do you have other self-sabotaging behaviors you know are stopping you? I’d love for you to share your funny or challenging stories in the comments that you know will help others.
And if you are ready to let go of your self-sabotaging behaviors and increase your income in 2017, then please come join Brad and I in Los Angeles in March at the Creative Business Summit. You don’t have to figure this out alone. It’s way more fun to dance, create and play your way through your business challenges. Learn more here.