10 damaging beliefs that will cripple your business

Self-limiting beliefs can cripple your business if you let it!  As discussed in this earlier post, you can change what you believe about yourself and ultimately about your business.  Below I outline 10 common, yet damaging beliefs and tips on how to show them the door!

  1. I’m not an expert. You don’t need to be an expert to start-don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.  You do have something unique to offer.  And over time as you grow in your chosen area of business, you will become more experienced and have more expertise.
  2. I’m not perfect. Why would anybody listen to/buy from/hire me?  Interestingly enough, this reason can actually help you in your business and as an entrepreneur.  People love someone they can relate to.  Deep down we all know we aren’t perfect.  Being authentic will create more fans who will buy your product or hire you!
  3. I don’t have time. Ah yes, the proverbial lack of time.  It will always feel like you don’t have enough time.  But we all get 24 hours!  If some can achieve incredible results in that time frame, while others don’t, the problem isn’t the amount of time but what you do with it.  There are many tools out there to become more efficient with your time.
  4. People will judge me. Yes, some of them probably will.  But many others will cheer you on!  Nay-say the naysayers!
  5. I’m too old. Now listen here, your age is just a number!  No matter what the world around you says, you do not have a sell by date.  Don’t believe me, then read here about successful people who started their businesses when they were “too old” to do so.
  6. I’m too young. Again, age is just a number!  Mark Zuckerberg was 23 years old when he launched Facebook!
  7. I’ve tried it before and failed, so I’ll fail if I try again. We really need to learn that failure does not mean the end, but rather a detour and a learning curve.  At the very least, you won’t be the first person to have failed.
  8. The only way to success is to go to college, get a degree, and work your way up the corporate ladder. While I am a huge advocate of higher education, this is not true.  Many, many successful entrepreneurs don’t have a college degree!
  9. I’m happy with how things are now. Are you really?  Deep down are you satisfied and content with where your life is and how it’s panning out?  Then good for you, why are you even reading this post?
  10. I don’t have enough money. Hmmm, that may be true.  But, you can work and save up.  You can work on your business part-time.  Here are five tips to get you started.

What are your limiting beliefs and how can you overcome them?