5 Warning Signs You’re Sabotaging Your Business By Amandah Tayler Blackwell

You wouldn’t intentionally sabotage your business. Would you?

Think again!

Subconsciously, you could be putting the kibosh on having a successful business for a myriad of reasons. The biggest reason is fear. It’s a powerful four-letter word.

What is it that you fear?

Believe it or not, you most likely fear success because you’re unsure of how to handle it. You may not be ready for the spotlight or income bracket you’ve dreamed about for years.

Another fear is that success will change you not for the better, but for the worse. You’ve convinced yourself that if you’re successful, you won’t be the same upbeat, fun loving person you’ve always been. Instead, you’ll become a miser or lose your compassion for people.

To quote Dr. Wayne Dyer, “How true is this?”

What you may fear is that those you’ve known your entire life will no longer associate with you. So be it. You have no control over others. You can only control you.

Let’s further examine the warning signs you’re sabotaging your business and how you can stop it right now.

5 Warning Signs You’re Sabotaging Your Business

#1 – You make excuses

Making excuses such as “I’ll do it tomorrow” or “Something’s come up” won’t catapult you and your business onto the success highway. It takes you on a detour that can last a long time. Instead of making excuses, make up your mind to toss out every excuse you’ve spoken or written. It will set you free and is the first step towards success.

#2 – No schedule

If you don’t have a calendar, how can you stick to a business schedule?

Schedules are your friend. They you accomplish day-to-day tasks such as marketing, writing blog posts, answer emails, networking, etc. Without a set schedule, you’ll run amok and your business won’t grow.

#3 – Time seems to evade you

Do you ever find yourself looking at the clock wondering where the day went? You’re not alone. Many business owners often wish they’d had more hours a day. However, you may want to review how you spend your time. Do you constantly check emails and your social networks? Do you read blog posts for hours? Do you watch TV instead of tending to your business? Time suckers like email checking and social media can kill your business. Check these once or twice a day and you’ll find you have more time to focus on generating more business.

#4 – You’re surrounded by negativity

If you’re familiar with the law of attraction, you understand that ‘like attracts like.’ If you fear success, chances are the people around you fear it. If you find yourself worrying that you won’t be able to pay your bills, chances are the people around you worry as much as you do. The more your worry, the more you’ll attract worry to you. Take a deep breath or two and relax. Release your worries. Hanging onto to them isn’t healthy for you or your business.

#5 – No risk taking

Taking a ‘calculated’ risk here or there could pay off. But you won’t know unless you try. Do your due diligence before rushing into business decisions. If the answers you find point to a success, go for it! You won’t be successful at something if you don’t try.

Are you ready to stop sabotaging your business?

If you answered “yes,” give yourself a round of applause.

Start over with a new attitude and set a course for success, which can be reached with dedication, determination and perseverance.

Take it one day at a time and don’t be in a hurry. Sometimes, patience can be a blessing in disguise. You never know who or what will cross your path that will help you and your business take-off.

Have faith, believe in you and stay the course.

About the Guest Blogger:

Amandah Tayler Blackwell, your “Savvy-Writer,” is an adventurous freelance writer, ghost writer, and creative writer. She’s an avid blogger and collaborator on writing projects and is developing her own projects.

Follow Amandah on Twitter @ savvy_writer

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5 Responses to “5 Warning Signs You’re Sabotaging Your Business By Amandah Tayler Blackwell”

  • Brava on an excellent post! All of these warnings definitely apply to the plethora of wannabe writers that cross my path in workshops or online classes. For as many years as they’ve been walking around with a “great” idea inside their heads, they have yet to take the first step of sitting down and actually putting something to paper. The most common excuse – “I don’t have the time” – is closely followed by the anxiety that whatever they pour their hearts and souls into is probably going to be rejected and that they will become inconsolable as a result. My response: How will you ever KNOW if you really have something great to offer unless you’re willing to make the time, take a leap of faith, and believe in your own value?

  • Excellent post.

    Nothing else to say. You said it all.

    Love your LIFE UP!

    The Irreverent Sales Girl

  • Christina – So on target with the inability to take action. I don’t have time is indeed an excuse and suggests far greater internal problems.

    Leanne

  • Dianna – Glad you enjoyed the guest blogger’s posting.

    Leanne Hoagland-Smith

  • Thank you to all!

    “For as many years as they’ve been walking around with a “great” idea inside their heads, they have yet to take the first step of sitting down and actually putting something to paper.” Christina you said it! You won’t know unless you try.
    Amandah recently posted..The Howard Stern Guide to Shocking the Shirts Off Your Readers (And Keeping Them Hooked)

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