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Limiting Beliefs That Sabotage Your Success -11

I'm Not Lucky Enough to Get Rich

Have you ever found yourself consumed by envy when it comes to looking at the success of other online entrepreneurs? Even before you begin your own journey, it’s hard to avoid wishing you were in their shoes.

This is a normal, human emotion that you can either allow to sabotage your success or light a fire inside of you to succeed. It’s one thing to admire someone for the effort they have put into building a business and wish you were as far along as they were in your own journey.

It’s another to assume they simply got lucky and hit the lottery in terms of striking it rich with their entrepreneurial career. Focusing on the bad luck you have online, or the good luck someone else has, is a great way to sabotage your own efforts.

Yes, there are times when someone gets a break that you didn’t. There will also be times when you get a break someone else wishes they had. But the fate of your destiny as an online entrepreneur does not rest in luck alone.

In fact, most of it is a direct reflection of your ability to focus on your goals, take action that benefits your business, and strategically grow it from the ground floor up. Not only is it defeating for you to believe luck is in control of your impending success or failure, but it’s also a slap in the face to those you are envying.

To label them as merely lucky individuals negates all of the hard work they have put into building their own business. Imagine if you had spent weeks, months, and years absorbing information, recovering from setbacks, and powering through obstacles to succeed, only to have someone tell you it was all due to sheer luck.

You wouldn’t appreciate someone belittling your journey like that. Instead of whining about someone else’s lucky break, look at what they did to achieve the results you desire and see how that can work in your own business.

For example, maybe they happened to get lucky in your eyes because a successful guru took notice of their product and blasted their list about it. You would love to have that same lucky break.

But if you don’t get it, you need to think of ways that you can get the same results. For example, you’ll start by developing an innovative idea for an info product. Then, work hard to create one of the best products the industry has ever seen.

You might use a variety of media formats, such as text combined with video. Then, find a similar marketer who has a hefty list of subscribers who would be the perfect target audience for your product.

Begin networking with this individual and eventually present your idea to them in a way that appeals to them. Just because you had to work for the results doesn’t mean it’s any less impressive. In fact, people will respect your hustle more if you strategically pursued an arrangement like this than if someone happened to stumble on it and got the break they needed on accident.

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I'm Not Good at Creating Content

When you stop and think about all of the content that has to be created in order to launch and run an online business, it can be very overwhelming. You may have embraced a limiting belief that your content is not up to par, and will therefore sabotage your chance for success.

The truth is, you are probably your own worst critic. Stop and think about why you don't think your content is good. Did someone tell you that along the way? Do you dislike your style?

Did you maybe receive comments and criticism during your years in school about your writing, so now you believe everything you do is unable to live up to the standard of others?

Sometimes, your message may be good, but your delivery simply needs some work. Instead of just stating that you aren't good at writing or content creation, take time to understand why you feel that way and whether or not anything can be done about it.

For example, regardless of your current age, you can always improve your grammar, punctuation, and spelling. This is a skill that can be polished over time. You can also set aside funds for an editor of your work.

An editor can quickly and easily scan your content to see where it needs improvement. Simple edits like this are generally inexpensive. Usually, editing that requires more in depth analysis and reworking of concepts is where the price adds up.

If it's not as easy as cleaning up grammatical errors, you can still learn how to improve your content by taking courses that teach you how to engage your audience with your message.

There are courses that teach people how to write nonfiction articles and eBooks. There are people who teach you how to make engaging videos and podcasts. You have to learn what makes people enjoy content in your niche and then deliver it to them.

Stop and think about what makes you enjoy the content that you devour. You can emulate someone you admire without being a copycat who steals ideas. For example, maybe you enjoy over the shoulder instruction videos instead of text based eBooks.

If you create content based on the same times of information and styles that you enjoy, your enthusiasm may shine through easier and help you engage your own audience. Don't forget, you can also consider outlining your ideas only and then outsourcing them to a freelancer who can flesh them out in full.

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I’m Not Qualified to Be a Leader

One of the worst parts of working as an entrepreneur is the fact that you will be harder on yourself than anyone else could ever possibly be. If you were working in the corporate world and applying for a job, the human resources department would look over your education, assess your experience, and make a decision about your qualifications and where you would be a good fit within the company.

But as your own boss, you will be relentless in beating yourself up about all of your shortcomings - whether real or perceived. One of the worst determinations that will ultimately cross through your mind is that you don't have what it takes to lead your niche.

You might question your lack of education, a deficiency in experience, and your inability to connect with your audience. The self-doubt that is plaguing you is more harmful to you than any flaws or inadequacies you can list.

If you are going to embark on a career as an online entrepreneur, you must possess the confidence it takes to feel qualified to help others. In order to do that, you need to know what it is your followers expect from you.

First and foremost, regardless of what niche you are in, people want to know that you are willing to help them. They come to you with pain points they need help with. If you can present the solutions to them in the form of courses, tips, and advice, they will be grateful to you regardless of what you have on your resume.

Anyone can lead others. But in order to do that well, you have to be willing to listen. Many entrepreneurs don't understand that all important task. They don't take time to research and understand the needs of their audience.

A well-qualified leader will not only conduct the necessary inquiries to find what's lacking in the marketplace, but they will take time to improve on what's already out there. They will also do it in their own style as opposed to copying others.

If you ever have doubts about yourself as a leader, stop and analyze why you feel less capable in comparison to others. It could be a simple issue to fix, such as gaining a better understanding of your niche.

If it's a confidence issue, then you can remedy the situation by participating in self-esteem boosting activities. These might include positive affirmations, journaling, or even helping others for free until you feel qualified to get paid for your leadership.

Leaders must be fearless, or at least willing to put themselves out there, even when they feel unsure of themselves. There are many times in your career that you will be tempted to compare yourself to others. As long as you give yourself credit for all that you have done, and everything you're striving for, you can present yourself as one of the go-to advisors in your niche.

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I Don't Want to Rely on Others for Help

While there are some people who rely heavily on everyone else to guide them to success, there are also those who feel as if they can't accept help from anyone. More prevalent in this industry are the people who feel entitled to personal assistance from every guru who has ever sold a product.

The ones who have the opposite mindset, often insisting they should be able to do everything on their own, are quieter about their beliefs. This is sometimes to their own detriment.

The fact is, Internet marketing or any online entrepreneurial career is one that often requires you to lean on others for support, information, and strategic advice. If you insist on isolating yourself, you will miss out on many opportunities and cause yourself harm in terms of delaying your success.

Networking online is one of the most important aspects of being a niche leader. Not only does it help increase your earnings when you associate with other marketers who have a list of subscribers, but it also helps you progress in a better mental state.

There's a difference between relying on someone else to carry the entire burden of your business and relying on others to nudge you along the way. Even the top owners have had to seek the assistance of someone else to get the answers they need to move forward.

So how can you embrace the idea of relying on others without allowing it to become a crutch that you look at with shame and humiliation? First, it's important that you learn to absorb information on your own.

That doesn't mean just going through a course, but knowing how to shop smart and conduct research on your own to find the answers that you need. Only after you have exhausted your solo efforts should you then seek out help from another marketer who is busy running their own business.

You don't want to be a nuisance to anyone else because you are constantly flooding their inbox with simple questions that can easily be answered by using Google or YouTube.

Don't forget, you can also use things like forums and social media to put questions out there that you need answers to. This allows people to step up and help as they see fit and as they have time, without feeling like you are burdening them in any way.

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I Don't Know Why I Never Succeed

There are some people who are so stuck in their confusion that it causes them to continually fail. These are not people who are confused about strategies or technological tools.

These are individuals who are confused about why they can never achieve their goals. In their eyes and mind, they have followed all of the instructions that they were given. They have done everything others have done, and yet they still sit on the sidelines unable to earn a living online while others have soared right past them.

You can’t figure out why you lack success if you’re unwilling to take a deep dive into your processes and efforts. If you are simply looking on the surface and comparing your journey to others, you won’t see all of the little nuances that make a difference.

The truth is, sometimes you can look at someone else’s journey and not see the small changes that contributed to their success. For example, you may have both invested in the same course and implemented its lessons.

However, the other person may have privately contacted the vendor to ask one or two additional questions that helped clarify something for them. That one small change, which you didn’t know about, could have altered the entire course for them.

You may have gotten started at the same time as someone else in this industry, pursuing a similar niche and business model. While they have started earning money, you are still stuck going nowhere.

You can’t understand why, because on the surface, it seems as if you both did the same things. But unless you look at every single thing they did, you’ll never know why they’re seeing different results.

They may have spent extra time studying strategies such as improved sales conversions. Or, maybe they devoted more hours to content creation than you did. Perhaps they hired an editor for their eBooks and info products and they were better received by the general public than yours have been.

If you are baffled about comparing yourself to someone else, there’s no harm in asking them about their journey. All they can do is say no. But you want to make sure you approach them with specific questions, not generalities.

If, over time, you still can’t figure out why others are succeeding where you are failing, you may want to revisit your choices of niche and business model and pursue a different path where you might have a better shot at competing.

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I Can’t Keep Up with Technology or Strategies

The idea of becoming an online entrepreneur sounds very enticing until you begin to look at all of the nitty, gritty details. For many people, the constant evolution of technology - along with the strategies involved in succeeding online can be very intimidating.

You may have adopted a defeatist tone in your mind when it comes to believing in whether or not you are capable of handling such fast changes. There are some things you may try to hold onto as long as you can, against your better judgment.

For example, you may continue to use old and outdated tools or strategies just because it's easier than learning something new. But eventually, there will come a day when something either ceases to work, or works against you, forcing the change you didn't want to make.

This might be something as simple as a plugin that you relied on that has quit working properly because it isn't being updated or supported by its creator. Or, it could be a more complicated strategy - such as new search engine optimization rules that have been implemented, which force you to alter your ways of doing things immediately.

Just because you feel lost or intimidated about changes doesn't mean you are incapable of handling them. When it comes to technology, there will always be new and better products that help you achieve your goals.

Along with these items, you will usually find step-by- step, detailed instructions that are shown on YouTube to help you and all of the others who struggle with technology. There are also ways around this situation.

You can either ask the company directly for assistance, or outsource the use of the technology to someone else. There are hundreds of freelancers who will handle technologically advanced tasks for those who either don't want to learn something new, or feel as if they can't.

Strategic changes will be more difficult for you to avoid. There have been many times in the past when a method everyone was using is simply banned or no longer effective. Not only that, but someone may announce a better way of doing things.

If you hold onto your old ways, you will have to sit on the sidelines and watch as all of the competition passes you by. What's the use of even pursuing an entrepreneurial career if you're going to allow that to happen?

Instead, do away with the crippling mindset that has you believing you're not capable of keeping up with changes and prove to yourself once and for all that you are. Even if you are a bit slower than someone else when it comes to implementing these changes, knowing that you're making progress toward it is good enough.

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I Don't Have Time to Start a Business

One limiting belief that can sabotage your success, but which is very easy to fix is that you don't have time to start a business. No matter how hectic your schedule currently is, there is usually a way to tighten it up and employ better time management skills so that you can achieve your goals.

Whether you have just 15 minutes a day or a full 40 hours a week to contribute to your online success, you will be able to build a business if you really want to. Most of the business building process consists of learning.

At least when it comes to building the foundation of your business. The actual action task are not that time consuming. For the learning process, you can always absorb information while multitasking.

For example, you can listen to a course about advertising, blogging, or other niche success tips while doing the dishes, taking a bath, running your kids to and from school in carpool, or even exercising.

As far as carrying out the actual action steps that you need to implement after the learning process, you can do that even if you have another full time job on your plate right now.

There are many people who wake up an hour earlier before work to build their business. There are those who give up their lunch hour in order to be able to work on entrepreneurial tasks.

And there are those who come home exhausted after a full day in the corporate world, and still manage to put in a bit of time after work to devote to their own business. It all depends on how bad you want it.

If you are determined to succeed, you will make sure that every available minute of your day is dedicated to your success. You will give up binge watching Netflix shows or getting lost in a good book if it means you can further your success.

Time alone will not guarantee that you start profiting in your business. You have to make sure that the time you free up is spent diligently working on your business. That means you aren't playing around on social media or procrastinating in any other way.

As you begin to grow your success, you'll be able to see where you can tighten up your schedule and make the most of every available minute. You will also be able to set aside funds to outsource or delegate certain tasks to others.

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I Don't Have the Money to Start a Business

Whenever you are embarking on a solo journey as an online entrepreneur, finances may be at the forefront of your concerns. Traditionally, starting your own business required you to think about things like franchise fees, rent for a space, employee overhead, and the ability to afford physical stock of a product.

But on the Internet, these issues do not exist. Depending on who you follow and who you choose to learn from, you may feel stressed about the financial aspect of launching an online business.

According to some misguided or unethical teachers, you should max out your credit cards and go into massive debt to the extent of even taking out a second mortgage in order to afford your dream.

These people prey on desperate individuals and take their hard earned money that they can't afford to lose in exchange for overly priced courses, coaching, and tools. Does this mean all high ticket items are worthless?

Of course not. There are many marketers who tout products that can truly provide a worthwhile education in your marketing journey. However, it is never wise to spend beyond your means in order to secure these things.

There are viable options that don't include spending a small fortune that you can’t afford. The truth is, you can implement a $0 to minimal spending investment to get started online as an entrepreneur.

You can invest in a domain name for as little as $12 or under - even as low as $0.99 with a coupon code. You can also get hosting for under $10 a month, sometimes even under $3 a month if you pay for several months in advance.

You can choose to use free blog themes and create the content you use on it yourself, such as product reviews that you use as an affiliate. You can also create your own info products if you want to be a vendor.

When it comes to graphics, such as eCovers and slide presentations, you can create those using free tools and images on sites like Pixabay and Canva. Can’t afford Camtasia for video editing?

Use the freeware version called CamStudio. If you find something that you need, but which is outside of your spending limit, consider providing services for someone else on the side to earn the money for it.

This could be some sort of administrative task, affiliate management, content creation, or graphic design. You can also barter with someone else if they have knowledge that you need, but can't afford.

If you still find something that you want to purchase, but you are unable to work for or barter with someone else, just save up for it over time. Give up small luxuries in your life until you have the funds to secure the item you want, but don't stop just because something has a price tag.

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I Always Get Scammed By Others Marketers

For those who suffer from limiting beliefs that sabotage their success, blaming others is often at the root of their problems. With Internet marketing in particular, there are many unethical entrepreneurs who prey on the ignorance of their newbie audience.

Many newcomers to this career spend money frantically trying to find something to help them make money online. They may spend the last bit of their savings or go into debt trying to find the magic formula to help them succeed.

Many of them are in financial desperation, hoping to strike it rich before the rent is due. Others simply have a strong desire to succeed online in the least amount of time possible.

You may have found yourself the victim of a scam once or many times in the past. The first thing they have to ask yourself is whether or not the product you purchased was truly a scam, or if you simply didn't know how to use it correctly.

Many people purchase a product, fail to understand the lessons being taught, and instead of working through it, simply chalk it up to a rip off. They will often try to get a refund, and if that doesn't happen, they will simply vocalize there are accusations to others.

Part of the problem is that when you are new to this business, you don't know who to trust. You may see some big names who are idolized as gurus in the Internet marketing scene, and assume that their success must mean they are worthy of your money.

But that's not necessarily the case. There are many infamous online entrepreneurs who have earned their wealth based on the backs of those who are desperate to have what they are showcasing online.

They want the mansion, the exotic vacations, and the sports cars that cost as much as a home. If you want to avoid getting scammed by other marketers, you have to do your homework about each and every vendor and not get drawn in to the hype on the sales page.

The worst thing you can do for your own success is to constantly point the finger at others. Whether or not someone was capable of convincing you to buy their product, it is ultimately up to you to take responsibility for the purchase.

You can usually find out who is ethical by networking with others in the industry. This way, you will get a wide variety of opinions from seasoned marketers who know the history of other vendors in can advise and warn you if you are about to make an unsafe purchase.

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I Always Fail at Everything

Sometimes it can be very frustrating to rack up a long string of failures as you sit by and watch others succeed. Some people are capable of experiencing failure and moving past it with ease.

Unfortunately, many people wear their failures like a ball and chain around their ankle. They allow it to hold them back for an eternity. You have the power to change your mindset to one that shines a light on failure for what it really is - proof that you tried.

Not everyone can say that. Some people are too afraid to try or have never taking the time to learn what they need to know to attempt anything in this business. If you are someone who has experienced failure, it's a sign that you have taken action.

Whether or not the end result was exactly what you wanted is irrelevant. If you truly want to see success as an online entrepreneur, you will take that failure, break it down to analyze it, and turn it into a success story.

There's danger in using absolute words like always. Putting it this way, it guarantees that each time you try something in the future, you have sealed your fate before you even start.

You have labeled yourself a complete and utter failure regardless of how much you learn, how hard you try, or any other determining factors. You have to change your language so that you give yourself a chance.

For example, if you are trying to succeed at a specific goal, instead of saying you always fail at it, you might say, “I haven't figured out how to do it yet.” Giving yourself the benefit of the doubt, you free yourself from that limiting belief that sabotages your efforts.

Besides that, there are often many different reasons why someone experiences a failure. Sometimes, it's no fault of their own. You may have invested in a course that was recommended to you, but which fails to give good instructions.

Or, something else may have affected the outcome. The important thing is for you to take time to analyze what went wrong, see if there is a way you can fix it, and try again until you can move it over to the success column.

Even if you can't figure it out on your own, if you will simply allow yourself the dignity of requesting help from others, you can often change the narrative from being a constant failure to being an eventual success.

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