Can you ask for help? Or do you think it’s a sign of weakness or ignorance? Most people are taught not to ask for help or to do so sparingly. What’s crazy about that is the most successful people in their careers or business are NOT doing everything themselves! They are seeking counsel and employing others to do a lot of the work for them. Trying to go it alone is stressful, difficult, and usually one of the experiences that causes people to quit on their dreams.
A lot of new business owners develop what I call Invincible Syndrome. I went through it myself, when I became an entrepreneur. This is when you’re so passionate and excited about your business that you think it’s invincible. You might have been extremely successful in your previous job, so you think growing your business will be easy and that you can do it all yourself. This thinking can be dangerous and put you out of business before you really start.
Ambitious professionals who work inside companies can fall prey to Invincible Syndrome as well. Maybe you think that your productivity is excellent and you’re providing all of the creative solutions in your department. It’s only natural that you’ll be promoted or considered for a new role. Sometimes if you’re great (and have an observant and appreciative manager), you’ll automatically be considered for new opportunities. But what happens more often is that professionals work themselves into the ground and don’t attain the results their looking for. Here are 3 tips to overcoming Invincible Syndrome and creating success!
1. Know what you don’t know
I’m sure you’re amazing at many things, but where is your experience lacking? A lot of creative entrepreneurs and artists are great at composing a masterpiece but don’t understand how to operate a business. When I was first starting my business, I was skilled at coaching and consulting but not proficient with online marketing. It’s important to recognize what you don’t know and get support from a coach or mentor.
2. Release what you don’t enjoy/you’re not good at
Do certain activities drain your energy? What do you hate doing? Realize that the tasks you don’t enjoy are someone else’s strengths and you’ll be a lot happier (and more relaxed) once you release those things. Many business owners are trying to do everything in their business, but deciding where to strategically invest your time and money will yield much higher returns.
3. Isolation is the enemy of success
If you have big goals, then being alone and isolated is one of the biggest obstacles you can face. Success doesn’t exist in a vacuum! Having others to learn from, talk to, and strategize with will move you forward. We can consider our friends and family as supporters but when it comes to helping you with your career or business, they rarely have the experience necessary. Who is in your career support system?
Do you have Invincible Syndrome? Where in your life have you been overconfident based on past success? Knowing what you don’t know, releasing activities and tasks, and having knowledgeable support will help with creating success you desire. What can you commit to that will help you get results in your career or business?
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