By Nellie Akalp for GalTime.com
Do you feel like you've reached a career plateau? Have you ever wanted to launch a business, land a promotion, or change career paths... but you feel like your goal is out of reach? You may be surprised to find out that often there's nothing standing in your way besides your own self.
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When it comes to your career, are you your own worst enemy? Here are four common examples of self-sabotage.
1. Being in constant pursuit of perfection
Too often, those with tremendous potential are held back because they feel everything should be perfect before beginning. Whether we're preparing for a new business, product launch, or new website, it's easy to become consumed with making things as perfect as possible. The result is inactivity as our feet get firmly buried in the sand.
Unless you're involved in a new form of heart surgery or airplane safety, you don't have to wait for perfect ("perfect" doesn't actually exist anyway). Most of the time, it's important to recognize that "good enough" is indeed good enough and it's time to make your move.
So take a deep breath and just go. So what if you're wrong? What if there are little glitches here and there? Just go with what you have and build on what you learn.
2. Focusing on the naysayers
Potential entrepreneurs can get bogged down with negativity, but often the most vocal critics are in our own heads. If you find yourself overcome with fear and negative thinking, write down all the objections playing out in your mind. Then, imagine the worst-case scenario for each. The goal here is to turn the light on and face whatever monster is in the closet or under the bed. It's probably not as bad as you envisioned.
All too often, people underestimate their ability to recover from the worst-case scenario. In his book, The 4-Hour Workweek, Tim Ferriss poses this very question: if you fall flat on your face, how long will it take you to recover? For example, how hard would it be for you to find another job? Start another business? Would you be down a few months, a year? What's that risk compared to a lifetime of never chasing your dream?
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If you struggle with negative thinking, you can also spend a few minutes each day visualizing your success. Visualizations subconsciously trick your brain by making the success seem more familiar, less scary, and therefore possible. Imagine yourself accomplishing your success; be as detailed and vivid as possible. Let it really sink in - how does it feel to reach your goal?
3. Being hesitant to promote yourself
Through my experience working with small business owners and entrepreneurs, I've found women more reluctant to negotiate and discuss compensation (generally speaking, of course). Too often, women believe they can put their head down and work hard - and all this hard work will be recognized and rewarded later. However, you can be doing fantastic work; but if no one knows about it, you might as well be invisible.