Granted people who are caught in a fire should have an escape route plan.
But someone who is starting a business for themselves should never give themselves an option of escaping.
An escape route needs to be eliminated before the business is even started. Because entry into the world of business is unknown, for many it’s easy to retreat to safety and comfort when obstacles get in the way.
Many people if they suffer a setback will plan an escape route. It’s doesn’t happen intentionally, most times this plan takes shape in the back of their mind. They know if they give themselves permission to quit, they can do it anytime they want. Sometimes the idea can seem not so groundbreaking, which causes them further grief. Other times not seeing the success they see so many having, discourages them from trying harder. Rather than be positive, self-doubt takes over their business mind which then puts them into the action having an escape route plan.
My philosophy as a previous business consultant was to tell people,” only do this if you can take it all the way. Otherwise, it’ll be a waste of your time and my time.”
I felt like when people were avoiding reaching their goals, or when they abandoned their goals, they were shortchanging themselves — cheating only themselves out of success.
Now take for instance Oprah Winfrey, she was fired from her first television job because the producers felt she was too emotionally involved in her stories. If you know the rest of her story, then you know it is that very emotional involvement that took her to her $3 billion empire.
If she had given herself an escape route plan, she probably wouldn’t be where she is today. When she speaks people listen.
Pretty amazing right!
So now that we’ve discussed the first strategy to derail sabotage, I will list the other three in no particular order.
Avoid Avoidance to Keep Moving Forward
Many times it’s easy to come up with ways to avoid doing what needs to be done in a home business. Especially if someone drops in for a visit for a cup of coffee. When I’m working in my room where my desk is, I find reasons to get up and walk away.
But then again I always come back, because I know the work that I do now determines my long-term success.
Mindset shift to become a self-determined individual is an action that has to be incorporated in our daily life. To be able to shift the mindset means not working from a victim set mentality.
People, who come in with this mentality to establish a business online, will find themselves filling their schedule, yet leaving no time to dedicate to their business. Read the post I wrote 16 habits of successful people to see others do keep themselves focused.
Not that I work from a victim set mentality, but there are times when I will tell myself, “oh I have way too much to do right now.”
My way of thinking is I should take a break, even though I haven’t done anything. I’m already scheduling in a break which shouldn’t be due for at least 3 to 4 hours.
Moving forward is the only way you are going to achieve success. Looking at an escape from your own online business is not going to bring you any rewards. It just means any investment you are making is for nothing. Something you want to stay from.
Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
This is a tough one for many people who start doing online business, especially where selling is involved.
I found that when I started my website, I would go to Google analytics almost every day to see how many people had come to look at my website.
Why was I doing that?
Because I was comparing myself people, who are already successful. Mind you the very people that I was comparing myself to had already been going at it for 5+ years, where I had only been at it for a month.
I don’t even know why I thought I should be as successful as they were since they had so much time on me already.
You have to remember when these people started in their online business; they were just like you and me starting from the bottom up. Now those very same people are known as the influencers.
These people have been at it for a long time. They know the ins and outs of the business. They are constantly changing their tactics to meet the new demands of online marketing. While some of us are still learning the ropes.
Rather than compare yourself to them, why not let them influence you to guide your business straight to success.
Failure is Okay, But Regrets Will Take You Down
Yes, you read that right failure is okay. What failure will do is it will show you what you did wrong and how you can correct it. Have you ever heard of the saying “from failure comes success”?
This saying is very true because what it means is the person did not give up they kept going at their goal until they became a success.
Regrets on the other causes people anguish as well self-pity, and some even begin loathing themselves. This type of mentality leads people to think “what if this had happened,” as you know the what if thought can’t be captured nor what happened to be changed.
What do I mean by can’t be captured?
What I mean by this is that you cannot go back and capture this thought, but because of regret you may be metaphorically trying to chase it. By pursuing thoughts in your head which can’t be changed can easily lead to mental anguish.
Mental anguish leads to regret…so on the thoughts keep going round and round. The more the thoughts spin through your head, the more the mental anguish increases.
Mental anguish leads to the regret of what went wrong. It’s better to label it as a lesson. At least you can learn from experience, but disappointment leaves no room for learning. By doing this, you can make a better attempt at improving the lesson which can lead to ultimate success.
But before you close your escape route plan, make sure you have everything you need that’s necessary to achieve your online business goal. Do you have a business in place, if not then why not read my beginners guide to making money online to get started?
I don’t mean go and quit your job; this can lead to disruption of your lifestyle. Instead, do what you need to get done even if it’s part-time.
Leave any thoughts or comments on what you think about my strategies to stop the escape route plan.