To Reach Your Goals, Identify What’s Holding You Back

Starting a business is an exciting time. But, it can also be an emotional roller coaster. It’s not uncommon for business owners to feel stuck during the brainstorming phase.

If you aren’t confident that you have what it takes to fulfill your aspirations, you’re not alone. To move toward achieving your business goals, identify what’s holding you back. Targeting and finding solutions to any obstacles can help you overcome them and return to the exciting journey ahead.

Don’t let fear get in the way

When it comes to starting a business or website, many people experience fears that hold them back. These might include the following concerns:

  • Failure: Many would-be business owners are more focused on the tasks that lie ahead as opposed to how they handled any challenges in the past. It’s also natural to worry about facing too much competition or feeling subpar, especially if you haven’t received any formal training or education in your chosen niche.
  • Uncertainty: Not knowing whether you’ll attract clients, earn enough income, or have what it takes to manage the aspects of a successful business can also weigh heavily on your mind.
  • Time and confidence constraints: Other common barriers that might prevent you from achieving your goals include feeling like you don’t have enough time to dedicate, or that your idea just isn’t good enough to make it in the real world.

Understand what’s holding you back

Now, it’s time to identify what barriers might apply to your business goals. Pay attention to your thoughts about starting a venture and write them down. As you do this, try to answer the following questions:

  • Is there a recurring thought pattern? Do you fixate on one or two aspects more than the others? If so, why?
  • Where do your concerns derive from? Are they backed up by firsthand experiences, or just hearsay from those around you?

  • What separates you from those who successfully started similar businesses?

Overcome any barriers

Once you single out your barriers, it’s time to conquer them.

  • Make a business plan to launch and grow your venture. Don’t forget to outline any worst-case scenarios — often times, you’ll discover that they’re not as bad as they seem.

  • Validate your idea by conducting market research to see if people are interested in your venture. Ask friends, family members, or coworkers their opinions to gauge the amount of interest in the product or service that you plan on offering.

  • Create a safety net by saving up some money and putting it aside until you’re ready to commit full-time to your new business.

  • Try not to compare yourself to established businesses in your niche. These ventures have been in service longer than you have, so it’s normal not to see the same results immediately.

There’s no time like the present

Getting started can be tough, but Entrepreneur suggests that your chances of failing probably aren’t as high as you might expect.

Being honest about your concerns or existing barriers can enable you to overcome them, while instilling the confidence needed within yourself to take the leap. Use the tips outlined above to help you identify any fears and act upon them accordingly.

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Brenda Barron

Brenda Barron is a freelance writer, editor, and SEO specialist from southern California. She is a contributor to The Motley Fool and blogs regularly at The Digital Inkwell.

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