Why Are You Self-Sabotaging?
by Cat Alexandra
Working all day but ending the day with nothing done?
Busy, busy, busy but your “to do” list never getting any smaller?
Enjoy working from home but don’t understand why you can’t make any money?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then chances are you are the victim of your own Self-Sabotaging and its time to “face the music” and take responsibility for your own actions or rather the lack thereof.
What is the definition of Self-Sabotaging?
Self-Sabotaging is the act of doing things, deliberately or unconsciously, that counter any good or productive actions you may make.
This can be broken down further for online marketers and home business owners and look something like the following:
- Having no goals, essentially operating in La la land.
- Don’t know your why (the reason behind your working for yourself, this is usually so strong it will make you cry when you think of it).
- Spending time with non-income producing tasks such as: playing online games, answering emails, watching television, goofing off on facebook (Yeah I said it!)
- Frequent non-business related conversations or chats online or off.
Being busy doesn’t mean you’re productive any more than sitting in a garage is going to make you a car.
There is a distinct line between income producing activities and the self-sabotaging action of just being “busy” with a whole lotta nothin…
So how do you stop the Self-Sabotaging in your life?
For starters, write down your why…
Start by asking questions of yourself:
- Why you are doing this?
- What are the benefits to you?
- Your family?
- What problems will gainful self-employment solve that working a J.O.B. will not?
- What goals do you hope to achieve by making this change?
Make an action plan and set goals
Make a plan and stick to it.
Set actionable goals (goals that require action to make them come to pass).
You should set both long term and short term goals.
Some ideas are:
- Talking to 5 people a day about your business, online or off.
- Doing lead generation activities.
- Sending out information to leads about your next event
- Listening to an hour of training or reading a self improvement book (The learners of the world will inherit the earth…)
Have a business plan to prevent self-sabotage:
Believe it or not, an important step in preventing or stopping self-sabotaging behavior is having a good understanding of your financial standing and how much money you have available for running your business.
Only then can you determine what to spend on advertising and other related financial obligations.
Overextending yourself is a bad idea.
Quick fact for you…
The #1 reason small businesses go OUT of business is U-N-D-E-R-C-A-P-I-T-A-L-I-Z-A-T-I-O-N! (It was so important that I literally spelled it out for you!)
Don’t be undercapitalized. Learn what you can spend prior to spending.
This all boils down to pre-planning. It ain’t sexy, but it works.
Don’t be afraid to spend money in your business!
Just be wise about how you do it.
Then ask yourself how what you can spend will put money into your pocket in the next week, month, year, 5 years, etc.
Sometimes people polarize paid marketing because they want something free or cheap. Look, cheap and free are cheap and free for a reason! It doesn’t mean they’re good, just because they don’t require you to financially obligate yourself!
Most free and cheap stuff ends up taking a lot of time to set up anyway…so choose wisely.
Be laser focused on what you want to do and make sure your various programs compliment each other. If you have your hands in too many fires you will not accomplish anything.
At the end of the day, we each only get 24 hours, so every minute counts!
Finally, be grown up enough to recognize why you are self-sabotaging.
There are many reasons for this and most are unconscious or reasons you aren’t really aware of until you start to think about it. A great book to read that will help you understand why you self-sabotage is Noah St. John’s “The Secret Code of Success.”
Noah St. John is known worldwide as the man that teaches you how to “dump your head trash.”
Recognize how your own self-sabotage also affects others…if you can’t find enough merit in dropping the self-sabotage act for your own benefit, do it for those you care about!
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