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"The biggest obstacle is that we get in our own way.  We don't do it on purpose or get up in the morning and say, "how can I sabotage my success today?"  It’s different for each of us, even different from day to day.  

 

 


 

 

Oftentimes we can't get out of our way because we see things through our own stories and can't see other possibilities.  A great way to get around this is to invite another pair of eyes to help you to see your business from a fresh perspective.  You'll be amazed at what you can observe when you look at your business from this new vantage point!  When you change the way you look at things, everything changes!  So get out of your own way and let your brilliance and the business blossom. Remember, YOU are your greatest asset.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHEN YOU GET OUT OF THE WAY

THE BUSINESS WILL COME

 

You are your greatest asset!  Regardless of your business, you have the greatest impact on your business.  The bad news is… you are also your biggest obstacle. Your business is a reflection of who you are.  It can grow as big as you want but, on the other hand, it will never grow any bigger than you are as a person.  It can't do what you can't (or won’t) allow it to do.  

 

The biggest obstacle is that we get in our own way.  We don't do it on purpose or get up in the morning and say, "how can I sabotage my success today?"  It’s different for each of us, even different from day to day.   It may be being too busy to do the things you know you need to, and often want to, do to grow your business.  It could be fear.  We may be afraid we are not good enough so we procrastinate or become overwhelmed.  We may be afraid to let go of clients or staff that drain us and hold our business down.  Clutter is another way we get in our own way.  Besides just having "stuff" around making it difficult to conduct business, clutter can also cause us to actually repel business. 

 

“Carol,” a small businesswoman was desperately trying to grow her business.  The problem was that no one was hiring her.  This is when she contacted me.  After a brief discussion it was obvious that she was exasperated. When I asked her to describe her office, she told be about the files on her desk, projects on the credenza and piles on the floor.  She mentioned how the business was spilling over into her personal space - the dining room table was full and there were stacks next to her bed!  All of these piles represented unfinished business; business that she knew she needed to do but just couldn’t get to.  When she would meet prospective clients she would say the right words to solicit their business, but energetically she was saying, "Please, don't hire me!  I can't handle what I have; I don't have any space to take on additional work!"  After a bit of convincing and several days of working to complete many of these outstanding projects not only did she clean up the space but also gained a much-appreciated sense of peace.  As a bonus, she noticed that several prospects to whom she had pitched earlier called to hire her.  Coincidence???  I don't think so.  When we get out of our way, major things begin to happen. 

 

"Jim" was working to move his business forward.  The next step involved hiring staff to support him and free up his time to grow the business.  During one call he mentioned that he had identified several people who seemed to have all the necessary qualifications. The next step was to meet with each of them personally.   By our next meeting Jim had become so involved in "crises" that were occurring in another part of the busines that he "didn't have time" to contact the prospects.  After addressing the "crises," I reminded him about the hiring process. He admitted that he was a bit overwhelmed.  He was afraid he could not “let go” of the work and also afraid that he didn't know how to be a "boss" (even though he had done it successfully while employed for others).  We laughed at how "convenient" the crises were as a way to avoid dealing with these issues. 

 

The hardest part of getting out of your way is that it difficult to see the roadblocks we put in front of ourselves.  We are so close to the situation it is a challenge to see the forest through the trees.  Take a step back and look at your business objectively, as if you were seeing for the first time or from the vantage point of your customers, vendors, or staff.  Ask yourself:  What is really going on?  Would other people see it the same way?  What other possibilities might be available? Just because we've always done it this way, what might be a different/better way to achieve the same results?  Are these, in fact, the results we truly want?

 

Oftentimes we can't get out of our way because we see things through our own stories and can't see other possibilities.  A great way to get around this is to invite another pair of eyes to help you to see your business from a fresh perspective.  You'll be amazed at what you can observe when you look at your business from this new vantage point!  When you change the way you look at things, everything changes!  So get out of your own way and let your brilliance and the business blossom. Remember, YOU are your greatest asset.

 

Pat Kilgannon, Success Coach, author, workshop leader, and speaker, inspires and supports clients who are committed to improving performance and achieving greater success in their business and personal lives.    Pat can be reached at 215.348.9192 or pat@coaching4success.com

 

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