I was talking to a client the other day about his goals as an entrepreneur. When I asked him how big he wanted his business to be, he gave me an answer that was only a modest amount over his current level of success, and then explained that growing much beyond that would create a lot more work. He felt that it would complicate things too much and he would lose any balance he had in his life. This kind of thinking is not all that uncommon among entrepreneurs.
The truth is that we get what we believe and expect. In other words, if we expect that more business will make things too complicated and that the demands will be too great on our time, then that is exactly what happens.
I continued my conversation with my client and asked him whether the successful entrepreneurs he knew in his field worked harder or less hard than he did. His answer? “Less hard.” My client held onto his limiting beliefs in spite of the fact that he had proof in contrast to them!
There are three important observations to be made here. One is that as long as you have a mindset that is in “conflict” with your goals, it will act to limit you. A belief that a larger business will impose demands that take away from your lifestyle will act to sabotage your efforts to grow.
The second observation is that if we believe that there is a way to handle the extra load effectively and to maintain a balance in our lives, then we approach the new challenges in a completely different manner. We adopt a solutions-oriented mindset rather than a problem-focused one.
The final observation is that the same thinking that got you where you are can’t take you to the next level. When you think in different ways (usually by getting an outside perspective from someone), it allows you to see what you’ve missed, allows you to grow beyond your present level of success, and helps you to do it in a way which maintains and improves your life.
Don’t let limiting, conflicting beliefs hold you back from the success you desire.