In a recent Forbes post I covered five limiting beliefs that hinder success. I’ve been guilty of all of these – some I outgrew but some come and go depending on what new scary goal I go after or deep-seated behavior I try to change. For example, with limiting belief #1 around money and greed, I consider myself a solid negotiator but whether or not I go after the big dollars sometimes ebbs and flows if I’m going after a new kind of client or offering a new service. With limiting belief #2 around risk-taking, I think that I’ve improved greatly on my risk appetite but if I’m not consciously weighing all my options, I’ll lapse into doing nothing or too little for too long It’s always hard to adopt new habits!
Here are five more limiting beliefs that hinder success:
As soon as my work/ my resume/ my presentation is ready, I’ll put myself out there
I see this one from my clients all the time – the entrepreneur who wants to iron out all the unknowns in a business plan before approaching a customer; the job seeker who wants to rewrite the resume yet again; the career changer who wants to save more money or get over a busy time at work before starting on the transition. You will never feel 100% ready. Do it anyway. The trouble with the future is that it usually arrives before we’re ready for it – Arnold Glasow
I’m too old to start something new
I hear this limitation too as I tend to work with experienced professionals who years, decades invested in a career, lifestyle and oftentimes both. Yes, there will be upheaval. Yes, it’s more complicated when you have family obligations, financial obligations and multiple existing commitments. But you’re too old not to appreciate how quickly time moves and how precious each day is. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is today – Chinese proverb
It takes money to make money
There are many ways to change your career without investing in an expensive degree – volunteering, getting active in a professional association, taking on extra work in a different area of your existing company. There are many free job search resources – check out the library, local university, Y or community center, career sites. Many of these options are relevant to aspiring entrepreneurs as well. If you’re stopped by money issues, it’s not the money but another fear you need to address. The first sign we don’t know what we are doing is an obsession with numbers. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I don’t have the right connections.
A big, supportive network definitely helps. But you already have exactly the network you need. The asset I most value, aside from health, is interesting, diverse, and long-standing friends. – Warren Buffett
I don’t have the time.
Like the lack of money excuse, the lack of time excuse is a front for some other fear or reason for your inertia. Sure, you can read productivity tips and hacks. It is always useful to know how to maximize your time. But the very first step is recognizing you already have the time. You have too much time to get your big dreams accomplished. What you need more of is the urgency. To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time – Leonard Bernstein