You probably have some great New Year resolutions for your business. Increase your income, develop a product to sell, create a source of passive income, write an e-book or special report to draw in new clients, add a new income stream, gain more productive time for yourself by hiring a virtual assistant. Great ideas but they will not come to fruition if you are engaging in any of the five Deadly No No’s.
1. Stop making excuses: We come up with excuses because they are easier than doing the work that will help us accomplish our goals. Even in the short run, excuses are a waste of time.
Instead of growing our business or working on our skills or improving ourselves and our lives, we get stuck, lying to ourselves, using all kinds of excuses – excuses that 99.9% of the time are not even real.
2. Stop the blame game: When you blame others for what you don’t have or for what happens to you, you actually give your power away. Life is not about what happens to you, rather how you handle the situations in your life. Making the transition to entrepreneur or halfpreneur is a challenge; keep your power and learn how to handle new situations.
3. Stop your resistance to change: Change is good. Change will help you make improvements in your life, the lives of those around you, and your business. Follow your passions and embrace change. There is a wonderful book called Who Moved my Cheese – read it!
4. Stop trying to impress others – be authentic: Stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not. The moment you stop trying to be something that you’re not, the moment you take off all your masks, the moment you accept and embrace the real you; you will find that people will be drawn to you, effortlessly.
5. Stop trying to live your life or run your business in accordance with other people’s expectations: Don’t live your life or run your business according to what others think is best. Other people, the media, the internet constantly project how we should live and run our businesses. We ignore our intuitions, that inner voice or calling and forget what we want and need. Listen to others but do not let their opinions mislead you.
Way too many of us are living a life that is not theirs to live. Some people live their lives according to what others think is best for them, they live their lives according to what their parents think is best for them, or to what their friends and even their enemies think is best for them! In many working mom’s cases it’s the life the media has projected. We ignore the inner voice, that inner calling. We are so busy with pleasing everybody, with living up to other people’s expectations, that we lose control over our lives and forget what makes us happy, what we want, what we need. We all have just one life to live; we own it and not let other people’s opinions mislead us.
We cannot change, fix or improve what we have not yet acknowledged. The more aware you are of your thoughts and actions, the easier and faster you can improve them. So, this year before you commit to your New Year resolutions, make sure you are not sabotaging yourself with any of the Deadly No No’s.