A closer look at mental barriers will reveal their true colors. Often they are more like bad excuses. Sometimes they’re not true. Other times, they can still prevent you from moving forward, and meeting your potential. Let’s confront and crush some of these mental barriers … once and for all!
Three common ones that I see people use is in the context of starting a business or becoming an entrepreneur are:
“I don’t have enough time”, “I don’t have enough experience”, and “There’s already many people doing what I want to do”.
Let’s start with the first one, shall we?
1. “I don’t have enough time”
First of all, do you know what you are spending your time on every day?
We often go about our day a little bit on autopilot, and some of the things we do are just plain habit. When was the last time you took a detailed account of your day and efforts to see exactly where your time is going? Make every minute accountable.
Can you reorganize and change up your daily routine? Can you cut down on actions that aren’t helping you reach your ultimate goals? How about actions and efforts that aren’t giving you any pleasure, any results or anything of real value? Maybe you can eliminate some of these to make room for what you want?
For example – How much time do you spend on leisure? Binge watching favorite TV shows, or downtime at a café can be put to valuable results.
Your health too, plays a big role. To find more energy, maybe you can start eating healthier, start working out, or perfect your sleeping pattern. Having more energy will make you more productive?
How much time do you really need for the business or venture you want to start? Maybe 30 minutes a day is sufficient. At least it’s better than doing nothing. Every journey starts with one step.
If you don’t manage your time, you will waste it. Take control of your time, and change your mind about time and decide you have plenty of it.
We all have 24 hours, so time is not a viable excuse. Start assessing your time and scheduling your day ahead of time. Plan for success!
2. “I don’t have enough experience”
You will never have enough experience … yet! And you will never get experience in the first place if you don’t start experiencing. So take action and don’t procrastinate.
You don’t need to have all the experience in the world, or be the best in your field when you are starting. What you do need is the right attitude and to be able to look for answers when you need them. If you don’t know something, figure it out.
There are many entrepreneurs who achieved success by operating under the principle: “Fake it ‘till you make it!”, and it works. Perfection is fleeting, so stop chasing it.
Even if you’re not the best right now, you can still operate in your market and be able to stand out. Just find your unique angle, and dominate by being special.
Strive to become the best and work harder than your competition. Be interested in learning new skills so you can add them to your arsenal. Always be open.
3. “There’s already many people doing what I want to do”
This is a good thing and not a bad thing!
If many people are doing the same thing already, and operating in a field that you’re thinking about jumping into, then it’s usually a good indication that the niche is profitable. There’s money to be made!
So instead of using this as an excuse, look at it as a sign. There’s already a market, there’s already people willing to buy, now you just need to differentiate yourself so you can stand out with your concept.
Maybe you can deliver the same thing, but package it in a more interesting way. Or you can change the angle of the concept a little bit. Or just deliver something better.
Take inspiration from what your competitors are doing, see what they are good or bad at, and put your own spin on it. Find problems or areas of the market that need new solutions and jump on those.
Do you know other mental barriers similar to these, or common excuses that you hear people say? Go ahead and share them in the comments.
P.S. If you have a friend who’s thinking about starting a business or a new venture, share this post. Maybe it can help them get started.
Let’s move forward…
– Casper Stang